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Moulded Flowers & Fruits for Cake Decorators

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MAKING WHOOPIES The Official Whoopie Pie Book by NANCY GRIFFIN See other cookbooks click here New softcover book 87 pages published 2010. Making Whoopies is a wide-ranging lighthearted look at whoopie pies and the folks who love them. Making Whoopies contains 16 recipes including healthy gluten-free and zucchini whoopie pies! Whoopie pies could be declared the official Maine dessert and many assert that the rotund chocolate confection originated there although Pennsylvania actually has a an equally strong claim to that honor. No matter - aficionados in both locales never tire of the giant sandwich cookies and the comfort-food treats are enjoying a renaissance as bakeries offer gourmet versio click here

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SUPPER at the VICTORIA ROOM by Jill Jones-Evans and Joe Gambacorta See more Baking books click here New hardcover book published 2012 175 pages lots of beautiful colour photos. The ultimate Supper cookbook Classically enjoyed as a chic shared sytle of dining late at night supper also lends itself to simple entertaining at its best whether it be a light meal at home a laidback evening with friends a summer afternoon picnic or a poolside party with a refreshing drink. In this practical guide to effortlessly cool entertaining at home Supper at The Victoria Room features over fifty of the popular cocktail bar restaurant's favourite supper recipes from Balsamic and Red Onion Tarts Spicy Chicken S click here

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50 NOVELTY CAKES and PARTY CAKES by Janice Murfitt and Louise Pickford To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here New softcover book with clever designs gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. 96 pages. Designs to delight children of all ages from an exotic parrot an Indian elephant in full regalia and a chocolate porcupine to a glamourous mermaid a sleek sailboat and a 'cheese and tomato' pizza Contents include: Over 50 original designs for fun party cakes with choices for every occasion and all ages Recipes for the classic sponge and fruit cake bases and delicious icings frostings and popular cake coverings including buttercream marzipan sugarpaste and royal extra

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CWA CAKES by The Country Women's Association To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book 186pages published 2009. Gorgeous mouthwatering colour photos and step-by-step instructions Traditional tempting tried-and-true The cooking skills of CWA members are legendary and Country Women's Association Cakes includes more than 80 of their recipes for classic country-style food. The cakes range from cheesecakes and sponges for special occasions to tea cakes and fruit loaves for casual afternoon teas. Many are family favourites that have been handed down through generations while others have been passed from friend to friend. All the recipes use simple ingredients and are more data

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FUN CAKES FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS by ANN NICOL To see other Birthday Cake books click here Used softcover book in excellent condition with gorgeous full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions. 112 pages published 1992 Fun Cakes for Special Occasions is an irresistable collection of stylish and funny celebration cakes designed for grown-ups. There are cakes to appeal to every interest from golf to gardening as well as sumptuous cakes for family occasions such as a wedding anniversary christening or retirement party. You could create a witty gift in cake form - perhaps an edible set of lacy underwear a bouquet of flowers or a magnum of champagne. There is even a pair of blue suede shoes for full details

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NO TIME PARTY CAKES by CAROL DEACON To see other Cake Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book published 2009 112 pages gorgeous colour photos and step-by-step instructions throughout. Simple to make - Fun to Decorate Carol Deacon's fantastic cakes are easy to make and even easier to enjoy. All the projects in this fun and colourful collection can be made in less than two hours making them perfect for both experienced cake decorators with limited time and newcomers alike. Many of the designs such as the fairy castle and wild animals are child-friendly and children will have great fun helping to make and decorate them. Chatty instructions and carefully detailed methods allow any click on

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PLANET CAKE A beginner's guide to decorating incredible cakes by Paris Cutler and the Planet Cake Team 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 2009. It's time to get excited about party cakes again. No more buttercream teddy bears. No more staying up until midnihgt sticking sprinkles on ice-cream cones. No more cake crumbs in the icing. Make something fabulous professional and easy ... the Planet Cake way. This beautiful and contemporary cake-decorating book is set out in the style of a cooking course working from learning how to make and decorate the simplest of cupcakes to t much more info

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FAIRY TALE CAKES by DEBBIE BROWN To see other Children's Birthday Cake books click here Used softcover book in very good condition. with superb full-colour photos step-by-step instructions and alternative design suggestions. 88 pages published 1995 and now out of print. A delightful collection of fairy tale and nursery rhyme cakes The perennially appealing subjects of fairy tales and nursery rhymes really come to life on the pages of this delightful book with a visually stunning collection of well-designed novelty cakes. Each cake is stylishly photographed with accompanying instructions and illustrations invaluable to both the amateur and expert alike. Debbie Brown is recognised as a true sp lots more

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BAKING DAY An Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook See more Baking books click here New hardcover book published 2012 288 pages lots of delicious colour photos and great retro kitchen craft ideas. This book is a delicious mixture of nostalgic and modern recipes for cakes biscuits bread and buns. Recreate simpler times with these evocative retro baking recipes and vintage kitchen craft ideas. Whether you grew up on these classics or are discovering them for the first time Baking Day is as charming to look at as it is to cook from. Baking Day is an endearing collection of retro baking recipes and vintage craft ideas. This charming book captures the essence of an era when an entire day was devote find out more.....

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GORGEOUS CAKES by ANNIE BELL See other Cupcake and Baking books click here New softcover book. 192 pages published 2011 Gorgeous cakes are not the sole preserve of professional chefs. In this book you will find over 100 ideas for beautiful cakes all of them easy to make at home without the need for fancy equipment or specialist skills. The choice includes cakes-as-fashion statements comforting favourites and essential classics including the most wickedly indulgent chocolate cakes and sublimely creamy cheesecakes. Gorgeous Cakes also offers mouth-watering recipes for those special occasions from Easter to St Valentine’s Day. The only decision now is choosing which one to make first! Cha find out more.....

MOULDED FLOWERS AND FRUITS

FLOWERS, leaves, fruits and vegetables can be moulded from fondant or modelling paste.
Almond paste can also be used, but the texture isn't as fine as fondant or modelling paste and it doesn't take the colour as well.
You can knead the colouring into the fondant or paste drop by drop, or you can paint the colours with a fine brush when quite dry.
Very dark colours, such as a deep red on roses, must he painted on when the flowers are dry.
Fruits, also, should be given their colourings when they're dry. Use a piece of clove for the stalks of the fruit.
After painting bananas yellow, leave until dry and give them a few, brown strokes.
To get the rough-skinned look on oranges and lemons, roll them into shape on a grater.
If you make apricots and plums, mark the indentation with the edge of a teaspoon.
And to give plums their "bloom", brush over with icing sugar when they're dry.
Keep your fingers dusted with icing sugar or cornflour when moulding the fondant or paste.

JONQUILS
Mould tiny pieces into six petals for each flower, pinch to a point at the tip.
Arrange the petals and press centres together with the end of a wooden skewer.
Colour tiny pieces of the paste a deeper yellow (or paint when flowers are finished) and form a cup for each.
Brush back of each cup lightly with water and gently press on to the flower centre. Allow to dry and then brush the edge of each cup with orange colouring.'

ARUM LILIES
Take out some of the paste for the stamens. Knead in yellow colouring and then form into thin rolls.
Roll out remaining paste thinly on a board lightly dust­ed with icing sugar or corn­flour. Cut into circles the size you want the lilies to be.
Place a yellow stamen on a round and roll into a lily shape. Press bottom of lily to anchor stamen and trim off any excess paste with scissors. Gently pull the top of the petal to give a slight turn back point.

GERANIUMS
Take pieces of paste and mould into five round, flat petals for each flower.
Pinch each one at the base and join into a flower shape by pressing the bases of all with your fingers.
Cut off any surplus paste from the back with a pair of sharp scissors. Place each flower on a board and open up the petals with the end of a skewer. Pipe a spot of royal icing in the centre of each.

SWEET PEA
First mould the large flat petal, giving it a slightly fluted edge. Make a smaller petal the same shape. Dab a little water on the back and press gently over the large petal.
For the centre of each, roll out pieces of the paste thinly, fold in halves lightly and moisten back with a little water. Press in centre and leave until dry. Use green royal icing for the calyx of each flower.

FRANGIPANNI
Take small pieces of paste and shape five petals for each flower, hollowing them slightly in the centre and curling the edges back.
Put together, overlapping each petal. Pinch bases together and cut off excess paste with sharp scissors.
When dry, paint the centre of each flower yellow.

ROSES
Make the centres first. Take small pieces of fondant and press out as thinly as possible into crescent shapes.
Roll each, keeping the cen­tre of the roll lower than the outside. Now press out two pieces of paste thinly and shape into petals. Place one on either side of the centre.
Mould five more petals and overlap around the last two. Remember to press the paste out thinly and always make the outside petals of the rose the largest.

ANEMONES
Take a small piece of fondant and roll it in the palms of your hands until smooth. Now shape into a curved petal.
Make another four (each flower has five petals). When dry, tint each petal, leaving the base white.
Join petals together, one overlapping the other, and fix with a little royal icing. Pipe a cluster of dots in the centre and paint them black.

DAISIES
Roll out pieces of fondant into strips 3/4in wide and 2 1/2in long. Cut each into 1/4in wide petals.
Shape small pieces of fon­dant into balls and paint yellow. Roll each petal strip around a yellow centre and arrange the petals to form a flower.
Flatten out centre and then pipe a few tiny dots on top. Tint them golden-yellow.

LEAVES
Roll out fondant and cut into leaf shapes. The long type of leaf shown in the picture has been shaped on one side into a raised curve to give a natural effect.
If you want to mark veins in a leaf, use a sharp knife.

 

Net Motifs for Cakes

Net and design should be fixed around a bottle ready for piping.
THESE motifs make attractive decorations for tops, sides or corners of cakes.
Use silk dress net for these motifs, or you can use cotton net, but it should first be stiffened with egg-white.
You can get a good shape for a corner design by stretching the net around a bottle.
First choose your design and trace it on to waxed paper or greaseproof paper. If using greaseproof paper, trace the design on it and then grease lightly with melted white vege­table shortening.
Grease the bottle lightly with melted white vegetable shortening and place the design on the bottle, smoothing out any creases. ( Design should be around exactly half the bottle).
Leave until firm and then stretch the net firmly over it. Secure with transparent ad­hesive tape.
Pipe over the design with a No. 0 or No. 1 writer. Build up the long lines three times and shorter lines twice. The open part of the design can be filled in with dots or lattice or left as it is.
When quite dry, trim off ad­hesive tape with a razor blade, warm the bottle for a second and lift off the net.
Carefully trim the edges with sharp scissors and pipe once over the reverse side of the design. Let that dry and fix to the cake corners with a little royal icing.
Triangular, oval, leaf, shield and heart shapes all make ef­fective corner decorations if you can't find a design to suit.
Outline the shape you've chosen and place on a board. Pin the net firmly over it with drawing pins and pipe the outline, building up two or three times. Fill in with dots.
If you'd like it filled in with lattice, pipe this first and then do the outline. Very carefully place over a rolling pin to dry.

Lattice and Medallions
Lattice designs can be piped over the backs of greased patty tins or tablespoons.
Raised lattice, done with the fine writing pipes, makes an attractive decoration for the top and sides of a cake.
You can have various shapes by piping the lattice over table­spoons, or round or oval patty tins, or over special icing nails.
Lightly grease the spoon or tin with melted white vege­table shortening, put aside to
set.
Pipe evenly spaced lines over the surface and leave until dry. Now pipe more lines to make the lattice. While still soft, trim off any long ends.
Finish with a piped decorative edging and leave at least 24 hours to dry thoroughly.
During the piping, if a line of icing breaks, remove and
pipe a new line, otherwise the weak spot will break when medallion is removed from tin.
When the icing is quite firm, remove the medallion by warming the underside of the tin or spoon very slightly.
This gentle heat melts the shortening and the medallion comes off easily. Attach to cake with a little royal icing.
If medallions are to decorate sides of cake, fix with royal icing but support with pins until the icing has stuck them to the cake.

Festoons
These are two or more threads of icing hanging under each other around the sides of a cake.
To begin, take a writing pipe and touch the cake. Lift away but continue pressing the bag so that a thread of icing will hang freely.
When thread has dropped to the required length, bring pipe up to form a loop and touch side of the cake to
anchor.
Build up these festoons three or four times, letting each layer dry before piping the next.

Always finish the joins of the festoons with a decoration of some sort-a dot, a small star, silver cachou or a small rose.

 

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