Fun and Original Character Cakes

Fun and Original Character Cakes

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Maisie Parrish

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  • Publisher: DAVID & CHARLES
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 278mm x 10mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Newton Abbot
  • ISBN 10: 0715330055
  • ISBN 13: 9780715330050
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 4,668

Product description

This quirky collection of celebration cake designs showcases the unique but easily achievable sugar modelling skills of internationally renowned cake designer and sugercrafter Maisie Parrish. Each of these creative cake designs has true character and charm and is ideal for a celebration with a difference. The book opens with advice on how to make sugarpaste with a quick sugarpaste recipe to save time, or you can use ready-made sugarpaste. There is also full guidance on working with fondant to create modelling paste for sugar modelling, including colouring sugarpaste, painting on sugarpaste and storing sugarpaste. Maisie guides you through all the sugar modelling equipment you need and shows you how to make fondant figures and sugar characters. The recipes section gives you a rich fruit cake recipe and Madeira cake recipe, as well as mini cake and cupcake recipes. All the recipes you need to make the cool cake designs in this book are included, including how to make buttercream, and an edible glue recipe. There is advice and photos to show you how to cover a cake with marzipan, and how to cover cakes and cake boards with sugarpaste, as well as clear photos showing how to stack cakes using dowels. Finally a useful section gives advice on storing cakes, how to cut a cake and transporting a cake. The eight fondant cake designs that follow are simply a delight and each feature character cake toppers on a different popular theme. Choose from cute Easter bunnies to a glamorous hippo, a feline bride and groom, a good luck pony, adorable baby bears, dogs, ducks and even penguins. Using these designs you can make birthday cake designs as well as cake designs for Mother's Day, new arrivals, Christmas cake designs and more. Each project is accompanied by quick-to-make cupcakes and mini cakes to complement the main cake or to make when time is short. With simple sugar modelling techniques and clear photographs breaking down each step to its basic parts, Maisie demystifies the art of creating beautiful cakes and makes it all so easy and fun.

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Author information

Maisie Parrish specializes in creating cute and colourful characters for cakes. She is an International Tutor and Demonstrator for Wilton in the US and also demonstrates for Squires Kitchen in the UK. Maisie has appeared on QVC and UKTV for The Good Food Show. Maisie is a prolific author of books and also contributes to magazines including Cakes & Sugarcraft and Cake Craft & Decoration. Find out what Maisie is up to at her website: www.maisieparrish.com. Maisie is based in Staffordshire.

Customer reviews

By Theresa Turnbull 20 Jun 2011 5

I have made 3 of these cakes and they are great fun to do and look stunning.
Highly recommended

Table of contents

Introduction; Sugarpaste; Modelling; Cake Recipes; Other Recipes; Covering Cakes; Dowelling Cakes; Have Your Cake and Eat It!; THE PROJECTS; 1 Easter Bunnies; 2 In the Spa; 3 Purrfect Wedding; 4 Good Luck; 5 Baby Bear's Christening; 6 Best in Show; 7 Mother's Day Surprise; 8 Penguin Christmas; Suppliers; Acknowledgments; About the Author; Index.