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Sensational Sculpted Cakes
How to sculpt and decorate spectacular novelty cakes
Rose Macefield

Search Press
18 February 2016/ ISBN 9781782211976
How-To Books/Sugarcraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


There are nine cakes to make and decorate in this book, each having that “wow factor” in spades. Choose from a messy monster, fishing basket, guitar, kitchen scene and more, and follow the steps for some fairly foolproof sugarcraft.

This useful book kicks off with a section on what you need, plus a good recipe for Madeira cake and two types of frostings. I particularly like the handy tables showing how much of everything you need for a variety of different sized cakes. Following on are photographic steps on preparing the cake for being stacked and sculpted, covering the cake with icing, using various tools, and doing things like making shapes out of fondant and more. The rest of the book is devoted to making the nine cakes, and each project features plenty of large clear photographs with captions to cover every stage of the process. Cutting, stacking, covering, texturizing, coloring, adding features made from fondant etc are all dealt with gradually, but succinctly, so there is not too much information to swamp a beginner. I was impressed with the wide range of modern designs here, from a cute dog for any pet lover to tricky teenage choices like the guitar or sneakers with makeup, children’s monster or train, through to fishing, tennis, baking and my own favorite, the wonderful sewing box. There is not a flower in sight, and even though the ideas are not perhaps the most original or unusual, this is not a bad thing. I think these designs cover most people’s families and friends in a way that anything more “out there” won’t. At the back are full-sized templates to trace and use, and anybody from a fairly inexperienced improver upwards ought to achieve good results with instructions like these. Total beginners might find themselves a bit out of their depth and won’t have all the kit, but there are other books out there covering the basics. A good book for anybody who wants to make a celebration cake that is going to be remembered – for all the right reasons!

If you cannot find a good range of assorted sugarcraft materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Reviewed 2016