Those cupcaking geniuses, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, are back, this time with bigger canvases and bolder creations. Read more...
Those cupcaking geniuses, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, are back, this time with bigger canvases and bolder creations. Everything that can be done with a cupcake can be done better with a cake with a twelfth of the effort and loads more wow power, using everyday pans, bowls, and even measuring cups.
Turn a round cake into Swiss cheese and Brie, and it s April Fool s Simply press candy into frosting for an argyle pattern or use one of the easy new decorating techniques to produce wood grainfora guitar cake. Whether you re a kitchen klutz or a master decorator, you can transform a loaf cake into a retro vacuum cleaner for Mom or bake a cake in a bowl for a rag doll. Need a pinata for a birthday party? Bake the batter in a measuring cup. Or skip the baking altogether, buy a pound cake, and fashion itinto a work boot for Dad or a high-top sneaker.
You won t believe these creations aren t the real thing and they re so stunning you ll have to make them "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Tack and Richardson (Hello, Cupcake!) continue their over-the-top whimsy and creativity with decorating ideas suitable for homemade and store-bought cakes. The cover's Abominable Unbaked Alaska monster includes devil's food cake, vanilla ice cream, Oreos, Junior Mints, and spice drops, among other confections. Scratch cakes can be outfitted with "surprises," including donut-holes placed within batter in a springform pan to create polka dots, and layered batters used in the Zebra Cake. A variety of animal cakes—sheep, cow, goat, goldfish, and ladybug—make for great birthday centerpieces for younger children, whereas less conventional and widely imaginative options such as the Leopard Skin Purse Cake, Slot Machine Cake, and Stump Cake can be crowd-pleasers for the adult set. Holiday selections include the Fabergé Egg Cake and Bedazzled Christmas Tree Cake. Easy numbered steps and enthusiastic headnotes are sure to inspire anyone to go beyond a basic yellow layer cake. (Mar.)