50 Easy Party Cakes: Simple Instructions, Clever Ideas, Fun Results Hardcover – Jan 15 2005
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About the Author
Debbie Brown is an accomplished cake decorator, author, and teacher who has written several successful cake decorating books, including Enchanted Cakes for Children, Debbie Brown's Magical Cakes, and Cartoon Cakes.
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The pictures and instructions are really clear and helpful. I especially like the chart at the beginning with the exact measurements of ingredients needed for each cake, so you don't end up baking too much or too little dough. The designs are adorable and suitable from baby shower to young teenagers' birthday. Very little sculpting skills are needed to model these cute caracthers. I really think a child 8 y.o. and older could create them successfully. If you can play with playdough you can make those cake. Of course, it does take longer than making a cake out of a mix box, but it really worth the effort. If you don't care much for rolled fondant, you can always cover you cake with marzipan... my kids like marzipan a lot more than buttercream icing!
This book is a good introduction on sculpted cakes that makes me want to explore this art further. Now I need more books from Debbie Brown!
Out of all her books, this would be the best starting point for beginners.
I've made many of her cakes for the whole family and would highly recommend them all.
The book is very well structured and the cakes are beautifully presented. The book contains 50 amazing ideas, each provided with clear instructions and illustration. It starts with an introduction followed by information about the equipments, basic recipes and techniques used in the book. There is also a chart of cake quantities (the quantities of ingredients for each cake).
I appreciate the idea of printing a small picture of the finished cake besides each name in the table of contents. That helped me choose or find a cake without having to go through the whole book searching for it. The cakes might look too hard to achieve, but you will find it quite easy following the clear instructions, the templates and the step-by-step photographs. I made the Mini Monsters' cake when my 7 years old niece had a party for her schoolmates, and they all loved it.
The cakes and ideas in this book are fabulous however, and will without doubt inspire you to come up with your own variations and your own original cakes as well. The recipes and information about fondant are solid, and will get you started in a fascinating (and addicting) hobby. The more you do, the easier it gets and the more adventurous your will become!
Buy this book for equal parts instruction and inspiration and you won't be disappointed!
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent book, would recommend it for any inspired cake decorator, I look forward to making any one of these cakes with great illustrations and instructions making it very easy to... Read morePublished on March 14 2013 by Vivienne Rayner
this book is simply amazing with how tos and makes it so simple for everyone to use even the newbies to bakingPublished on March 9 2012 by Nikki
The title is very deceiving. These cakes are neat looking but are not easy.Published on May 22 2001
Within seconds after opening this book I realized it was written and published in England. All the cakes in this book are fondant/sugarpaste, which is widely used in England. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2000
After ordering this book for myself i came back and ordered one for my Aunt.There are some very good ideas in this book,all with fondant. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2000 by Nancy Rice