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QUICK AND EASY PARTY CAKES by JOANNA FARROW and SARA LEWIS To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here New softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. Published 2006 224 pages. Quick and Easy Party Cakes presents fun recipes for decorated cakes for birthdays Christmas weddings Halloween and all other special and seasonal occasions. Great ideas for kids' birthday party cakes and adults will love the Bon Voyage cake that looks like a suitcase the Golfer's Bag and the Champagne Bottle plus lots of great cupcake and mini-cake designs. Simple recipes teach you to make your cake from scratch - or if you' re short of time you can decorate a shop-bought additional info.....

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PRETTY PARTY CAKES Sweet and stylish cakes and cookies for all occasions by PEGGY PORSCHEN To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book 144 pages first published 2005 reprinted 2011. Gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. A romantic Three-Column Wedding Cake adorned with fresh roses; eye-catching Kaleidoscope Cakes iced in geometric designs; glittering Bollywood-inspired lollipop cookies - you don’t have to go to a high-end bakery to be able to serve these beautiful desserts at your next party. Master cake decorator Peggy Porschen shares her designs for the gorgeous cookies cupcakes and cakes that have graced some of the world’s mos more.....

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CWA CALENDAR of CAKES by Fiona Roberts and Jacqui Way To see other CWA cookbooks click here New softcover book 168 pages published 2015. Gorgeous mouthwatering colour photography by Jacqui Way and step-by-step instructions Recipes tips and tricks from the South Australian Country Women's Association Lamingtons anyone? Homemade of course and created with love from the South Australian Country Women's Association's near-century of baking wisdom. Or perhaps it's a big day. How about a jaw-dropping five-layer pink ombre cake? Calendar of Cakes offers a cake for every week of the year plus cakes for special occasions. Easy-to-follow recipes using each season's freshest flavours combined with a co click on

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ALL TIME FAVOURITES An Australian Women's Weekly cookbook See more Baking cookbooks click here New large hardcover book 240 pages published 2015. With colour photos of every recipe and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. This wonderful selection of delicious recipes that every home cook should have at their fingertips comes from The Australian Women's Weekly who has been producing recipes for over 80 years. The recipes include retro favourites with a twist trendy restaurant-style recipes and everyday all-time favourites both traditional and contemporary. Old favourites evoke fond memories of time spent with friends and family: baking with your mother or grandmother being surprised when details

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PLANET CAKE KIDS 680 clever creations by Paris Cutler with Anna Maria Roche To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book with gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. 192 pages published 2012 Children's cakes just got a whole lot more exciting. With Planet Cake Kids you can choose from a selection of 12 creative cakes - from a Wizards' Spell Book to a Graveyard to a Theatre Stage to the Candy Floss Clouds - then add a cast of 57 fun colourful characters modelled in fondant icing: Mr Donut and Friends the Hip Hop Dudes the Ninja Rabbits Snow-surfing Penguins and many more. The mix-and-match approach of this unique book offers hundreds of combinati details

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WICKED Sweet Indulgences An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here Used softcover book in very good condition first published 2002 this edition published 2005 120 pages lots of delicious colour photos. Wicked is full of everything that is deliciously bad for you. Evil treats desserts and cakes will corrupt a strong will again and again ... Each glorious temptation has ben triple-tested and is accompanied by beautiful photography that shines from every page of this book. No one can resist the aroma of a freshly baked cake or batch of biscuits - the recipes in this book are so easy to follow even if you have never baked a cake in your life very soon you'll be cooki more tips

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MIX AND BAKE by BELINDA JEFFERY See other baking cookbooks click here New large softcover book 264 pages first published 2007 this edition published 2011. Features superb colour photography by Rodney Weidland. Belinda Jeffery baked her first cake at the age of five or six standing by her beloved mother's side. Ever since then baking has been her passion. In Mix Bake she shares her 100 all-time favourite recipes for cakes scones muffins biscuits slices quick breads pies and tarts in the hope that they will become your favourites too. Enjoy sweet treats such as macadamia and chocolate chip brownies and a gooey butterscotch peach cake or savoury goods such as dill ricotta and parmesan muffins a click the link

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KIDS' CAKE FAVOURITES An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here New large softcover book published 2011 176 pages lots of delicious colour photos. Nothing brings a smile to your child's face like a magical Australian Women's Weekly birthday cake or a freshly baked muffin in their lunch box. This collection of favourites includes brownies lunchbox slices cupcakes party cakes number cakes and a special 'I-made-it-myself' chapter for any aspiring junior baker. Perfect for a birthday party or school picnic these recipes are easy to follow and guaranteet to satisfy . .Contents include I made it myself - recipes include Butterfly cakes Marble cake Quick-mix chocolate c more data

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The 12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS by The Australian Womens Weekly See other Christmas books click here Brand new softcover book 120 pages published 2010. Gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos and step-by-step instructions The long lazy days that follow Christmas Day when most of us are on holiday are wonderful days for eating. There's the Christmas Eve dinner the extravagances of Christmas Day and the relaxed Boxing Day leftovers (my favourite part of Christmas) Then there's some quiet time for picnics and barbecues before the big build-up begins again this time for the New Year's Eve party. Breakfasts easy entertaining a tea party a day at the cricket - the 12 days of Christmas are a food-lover's par more info

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FAVOURITE CHARACTER CAKES by DEBBIE BROWN To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here Used hardcover book in very good condition superb full-colour photos templates and step-by-step instructions. 96 pages published 1997 Featuring Thomas the Tank Engine Spot the dog Paddington Bear Noddy and many more! Best-selling sugarcraft author Debbie Brown brings to life many popular characters. With her breath-taking modelling skills and in-depth research she captures the essence of each character brilliantly from Betty Boop to Where's Wally. Favourite Character Cakes provides a full colour photograph of each finished cake step-by-step colour photographs and clear instructions to guarantee t click

Royal icing should be stiff enough to hold its shape on the spoon.


PLASTIC ICING
1 egg-white, 1 heaped tblspn liquid glucose, 1 dstspn glycerine, juice of I lemon, flavouring, colour­ing, approx. 1/-21b sifted pure icing sugar.
Dissolve glucose over hot water, gradually add 'icing sugar to egg-white, beating in well after each addition until mixture begins to stiffen. Add lemon juice, beat and then add more icing sugar.
Beat again, then add glycer­ine and dissolved glucose. Beat well, continue adding more icing sugar until mixture stiff­ens. Add flavouring and the colouring, making the colour just slightly deeper than re­quired when finished.
Put remainder of icing sugar on a tray or slab, make a bay in the centre and add the icing. Gradually work icing sugar in until mixture is stiff enough to roll out.
To test, press your fingers well into the centre. If they come out sticky, continue to add more icing sugar until mixture loses all signs of sticki­ness.
Pat out and then roll out to 2in less than the size required. Brush the coating of almond paste with egg-white, place the icing over a rolling-pin and lift on to cake.
Using the rolling-pin, work icing down to the base all around and then work out any cracks. Smooth the surface with hands dusted with icing sugar. If a glossy surface is required, rub over with hands dusted with cornflour.
Trim uneven pieces of icing from base of cake and then lift cake on to prepared board. Leave until dry before decor­ating.
This quantity will cover top and sides of an 8in square or round cake.

FONDANT
1-1 1/2 1b pure icing sugar, 1 egg-white, 2oz liquid glu­cose, tspn lemon juice, flavouring, colouring.
Sift icing sugar into a basin. Beat egg-whites only until broken up. Add to icing sugar, together with lemon juice, glucose melted over hot water,
flavouring. Work in icing sugar gradually until mixed in. Add colouring and knead in. Turn on to a marble slab or on to a board dusted with icing sugar and knead until smooth. Enough for top and sides of an 8in round or square cake.

ROYAL ICING
1 egg-white, approx. 8oz pure icing sugar, 1 tspn liquid glucose, 2 drops acetic acid or a squeeze of lemon juice, colouring.
Sift icing sugar through a very fine sieve, beat egg-white until fluffy. Gradually add the icing sugar to the egg-white, beating well after each addi­tion, until it begins to stiffen. (Royal icing is stiffened by beating and not by quick addi­tion of the sugar).
Dissolve glucose over hot water and beat in well. Add acetic acid or lemon juice, beat well. Continue beating in more icing sugar until mixture will point or hold its shape on the spoon when spoon is with­drawn from mixture.
(If using an electric mixer, have it on the lowest speed).
Cover basin with a damp cloth while using. To store. put into a screw-top jar with a piece of damp paper under the lid. In warm weather keep jar in refrigerator. When neededtransfer to a basin and beat well before using.

Note: Where a recipe says pure icing sugar, be sure you use that and not an icing mixture which contains a percent­age of cornflour intended to keep it soft. This is a particularly important point to re­member when you're making royal icing. It won't keep its shape when piped if the mix­ture is used. This is the test if you're in doubt:
Put a teaspoonful in a glass of cold water and stir well. If the water remains clear on top the sugar is pure but if it turns cloudy it's an icing mixture.


ALMOND PASTE
llb icing sugar, 4oz ground almonds or marzi­pan meal, juice of lemon, 1 egg-yolk, 2 tblspns sherry, little almond essence if liked.
Sift icing sugar, combine with ground almonds or marzi­pan meal. Mix together lemon juice, sherry and egg-yolk. Mix into icing sugar nearly all at once to form a paste which can be rolled out. If mixture is too dry, add a little more sherry as it's a preservative.
Divide the paste thus: Into 4 sections for a square cake-1 for the top, 3 for the sides (there should be only 3 joins); 3 sections for a round cake-1 for the top, 2 for the sides.
Be sure surface of cake is smooth. If cake has risen in the centre, level it off with a knife and brush off any surplus crumbs. Fill any small cracks with the paste.
If top is too rough, level it off, turn cake upside down and use the flat surface of the bottom as the top.
Roll each side piece to the length and width required. Brush over with egg-white or warm apricot glaze and place around cake.
Roll top piece to size and shape required. Brush cake with egg-white or warm apricot glaze, put paste over a rolling-
pin and place on top of cake.
With hands dusted with icing sugar, smooth the surface and rub out any cracks and joins. Cut off surplus paste from base of cake.
This quantity of paste will cover the top and sides of a round or square 8in cake. Cover the cake with the paste at least one week before putting on the final covering.
For the glaze, put 1/2 lb smooth apricot jam into a pan with 1 1/2 tblspns cold water. Stir over low heat about 5 minutes. Press through a sieve and bring to the boil again.


SEVEN-MINUTE FROSTING
3/4 cup sugar, 1 tblspn water, 1 egg-white, 1 tspn lemon juice. 1 tspn vanilla essence, colouring if needed.
Put sugar, water and egg-white into a basin and beat over boiling water until mix­ture holds its shape on the beater when beater is removed from basin—about 7 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, essence and colouring and quickly spread over cake.


VIENNA ICING
4oz butter, 7 - 8oz sifted icing sugar, 2 tblspns sherry or fruit juice.
Beat butter until softened, gradually beat in the sifted icing sugar, adding sherry or fruit juice to make mixture of spreading consistency.
Chocolate Vienna Icing: Put 2oz dark chocolate, 1 dstspn cocoa and 2 tblspns sherry or water into a saucepan and heat gently until chocolate has melt­ed. Cool. Soften 4oz butter or margarine, gradually beat in 8oz sifted icing sugar. When creamy, gradually stir in the chocolate mixture.


COLOUR BLENDING
VEGETABLE colourings are used for tinting the icings. Always add spar­ingly from the tip of a metal skewer—never pour direct from the bottle.
• By experimenting in colour-blending you can get lots of pretty shades. For example:
Yellow with a drop of cara­mel gives cream.
Yellow and rose pink make peach and apricot shades.
Greens are improved by the addition of a few drops of yellow.
Violet, lavender and purple shades are made by blending rose pink with blue in varying proportions.
Dark colours such as deep red must be painted on when the icing is dry.


GLACE ICING
5oz-6oz sifted icing sugar, 1 tspn butter, little fruit juice or milk, colouring.
Prepare the cake by pinning a double band of greaseproof paper around it, extending about kin above rim of cake. Put icing sugar, butter and fruit juice into a saucepan, add just sufficient cold water to mix to a stiff paste. Add any colouring. Cook over low heat; stirring constantly, until mixture will pour readily from a spoon. Quickly pour over cake and spread with the back of a spoon.


MODELLING PASTE
3/4lb sifted icing sugar, 1 tspn white vegetable shorten­ing, 1 tspn gelatin, 1 1/2  tblspns water.
Combine shortening, gelatin and water in a small saucepan. Stir over gentle heat until shortening and gelatin have dissolved. Put aside to cool. Put ilb of the icing sugar into a basin. Make a well in the centre, add the cooled mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until all the dry icing sugar has been mixed in.
Turn on to a board and knead in enough of the re­maining icing sugar to make a good consistency for moulding. Any colouring can be kneaded in or painted on when the modelling is completed. Keep the paste in a screw-top jar or covered basin.

 

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