When ever I receive a book to review, I try my best to bake something from it before I comment, especially where cakes are concerned.
I would say the title ‘Cake School’ fits the content of the book. There are picture step by step guides on many of the recipes including testing if a cake is baked, pictures showing the creaming method, with more pictures showing what can go wrong if you overbake, underbake, use the wrong flour and what happens if your oven is set at the wrong temperature. At this point I would like to reiterate how important it is to have an oven thermometer because of the difference in temperatures that some ovens have.
There are lessons on how to skim coat a cake, Ganache pouring, how to make Italian Meringues, Glace Icing and Tutorials on decorations such as how to make beautiful butterfly run outs. Something I must have a go at some time.
There are plenty of cake templates at the back of the book to recreate and recipes for delicious cakes such as the Marble Cake on page 68 which I made. See below. I used mixed chopped nuts rather than the suggested hazel nuts. This All in One method worked beautifully with marbles of Chocolate and Vanilla sponge topped with a Coffee Icing.
For anyone thinking of making their own wedding cake, there are several single tier and three tier recipes to choose from, with tutorials on hand moulding. Plus recipes for smaller cakes and cookies to make as favours. There’s a gorgeous 3 tiered ‘Gilded Christmas Cake’ that embraces and includes many of the tutorials that you have already learnt once you reach that stage of the book.
Below are just a few of the Tutorials
- Many thanks to Jacqui Small publishers for my copy.
- This review was first published on the Clandestine Cake Club website blog post.
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