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CREATIVE CELEBRATION CAKES by Steve Benison Lindy Smith and Linda Wilson-Barker To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book published 2003 112 pages gorgeous colour photos throughout. Step-by-step projects for 15 sensational party cakes for all occasions! Three professional cake designers combine their talents in the 15 cake decoration projects in this book each of which has variations to reduce the time it takes to make it and adaptations for creating different designs. For example a windowbox cake can be adapted into a tropical aquarium cake. Tempting original and versatile the 15 new cake decoration projects here are a slice of the very best in sugarcraft from much more info

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INDULGE 100 GLUTEN FREE SWEET AND SAVOURY RECIPES by ROWIE DILLON New large softcover cookbook published 2011 224 pages. Superb full-page full colour photos Gluten-free food gets a makeover For too long gluten-free cooking has had a reputation for being about as appetising as hospital food - it was crying out for a style and taste makeover. Enter Rowie Dillon ex-ad agency creative coeliac and cake-baker extraordinaire - a woman on a mission to save the world from tasteless unattractive food and change gluten-free cooking forever. Her successful business has restored the joy in eating to allergy sufferers making yummy food accessible to all. Indulge is the outcome of years of experimenting to find out more.....

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GLUTEN-FREE FOOD Recipes and practical advice to help you manage coeliac disease by Lyndel Costain and Joanna Farrow See other Allergy-Free and Gluten-Free books click here New softcover book first published 2003 this edition published 2011 128 pages measures 26 x 20 cm. Having a gluten intolerance needn't mean missing out on your favourite foods. This collection of delicious recipes provides easy-to-make alternatives to problem foods such as pasta bread pastry and cakes. This book offers practical help for anyone who suffers from gluten intolerance. It gives clear advice on how to ensure accurate diagnosis of symptoms and explains how you can continue to enjoy a healthy and varied diet. Mos further data

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The BEST BIRTHDAY CAKE BOOKS Children's Birthday Cakes and Kids' Birthday Cakes by The Australian Women's Weekly To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here 2 new softcover books 128 pages in each gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos. Kids' Birthday Cakes includes a pattern template sheet. Children's Birthday Cakes Collector's Vintage Edition published February 2011. ISBN 9781742450582. Over 100 exciting party cakes to choose from! Contents include: Before you start to make the cake Vienna cream Fluffy frosting Storybook favourites Sport Animals Numbers Icecream cakes Friendly folk For boys For girls Three easy cakes For everyone Centrepiece for the party table Index. Cake designs more info

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SWEET TEMPTATIONS An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here Used softcover book in very good condition 128 pages lots of delicious colour photos. There is nothing quite as special or as fulfilling as indulging your sweet-tooth with a special dessert at the end of a meal. In this delightful cookbook you will find some wonderful and inspiring recipes using the freshest produce from each season. Some of the recipes are quick and easy some require more preparation but all are delicious. Step-by-step photos will help newer cooks with some of the different methods as will the techniques section which shares tricks of the trade including toasting nuts and coconut meltin here

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BABYCAKES Vegan (Mostly) Gluten-Free and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery by ERIN McKENNA To see other Gluten Free cookbooks click here New hardcover book with dustjacket delicious colour photos throughout. Published 2009 144 pages measures 20 x 24 cm. Dustjacket has some minor shelfwear. Forget everything you've heard about health-conscious baking BabyCakes is your key to an enlightened indulgent sweets-filled future. This is important news not only for parents whose children have allergies for vegans and for others who struggle with food sensitivities but also for all you sugar-loving traditionalists. The recipes in these pages prove that there is a heal further data

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SWEET THINGS An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here New softcover book published 2014 128 pages lots of delicious colour photos. This book is a delightful collection of recipes that really show off what can be done with basic ingredients and delicious seasonal fruits. The recipes include tarts cakes and biscuits all in an amazing variety of shapves sizes and flavours. And then there are the desserts all of which have an incredibly high 'wow' factor. So make a cup of tea or coffee flick through the book and decide what you're going to bake first. Contents include: Fruit tarts and cakes Cafe cakes Petit fours Mouthfuls Biscuits and biscotti Desserts Cooking tech related info

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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 considerably more details

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PASTRIES AND PUFFS An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here New hardcover book with dustjacket published 2012 128 pages lots of beautiful colour photos. Irresistible recipes for pastries puffs and little cakes Indulge yourself with this gorgeous collection of little pastries and puffs. They're lavish and lush and includes all your favourites from mille feuille and mini tarte tatins to chocolate éclairs and croquembouche. There are also light and airy meringues and macaroons mouthwatering cakes as well as whimsical whoopie pies and popcakes. Extremely impressive and very easy to make these delights are the perfect ingredients for a great afternoon tea. A b more details.....

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MORE CAKES and SLICES An Australian Women's Weekly cookbook To see other Baking books click here Used softcover book in good condition published 1998 120 pages. With colour photos of every recipe and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. The appeal of these fresh cakes and slices lies as much in the making as it does in the eating - quick easy and foolproof they're delicious treats and everyone can create with little trouble and great success. With More Cakes and Slices the famous Australian Women's Weekly Test Kitchen has come up with over 100 scrumptious recipes from those that fulfill a chocoholic's fantasy to an inviting baker's dozen of warm syrup cakes to a wealth of traditional nu extra info

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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