Icing on the Cake by Julet Stallwood

Juliet Stallwood's hobby making novelty cakes for her kids turned into a career in pastry and cake decorating. She went from creating fun themed cakes to cookies and 'fondant fancies'. Stallwood's website Cake and Biscuits and her book have the same feel, only the book will show how the fancies are done.

Chapters and Book Overview

The Icing on the Cake has 4 decorating chapters separated by the end result: Decorate to Indulge (treats for any day of the week); Decorate for Love (romantic cakes, weddings, anniversaries); Decorate to Celebrate (occasion cakes and parties); Decorate to Impress (special centerpieces).

Stallwood's designs are all over the book and I always find it lovely when bakers sketch an idea and create something edible from it. The recipes include everything from macarons and decorated gingerbread cookies to chocolate dipped florentines and fancy tiered cakes.

The Best-Kept Secrets chapter is a visual on what the author likes in her bakeshop, as well as descriptions. It also contains her tips such as preparing cookies fro baking, lining shaped cake pans, dipping small cakes in fondant, and covering cakes and cakeboards with fondant. Her design templates can be copied from the book.

If you are looking for a book that specializes in the art of decorating other than baking, you would probably enjoy this read.

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Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.


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