Grade: A - All Ages
This is a really great book, full of fun and creative projects for desserts for kids. The beginning of the book goes through all of the equipement that would be usefull to make the cakes. There is then a section on decorating techniques, with step by step instructions of even things as simple as filling an icing bag. Then are all of the great cake, cookie and frosting recipes. Finally, the last half of the book has directions for the specific projects (such as the monster cake on the front of the book). Once again, each step is given in great detail, there are even templates that can be copied.
This book uses fondant a lot, which is not something I have ever worked with, most of the full sized cakes, and some of the cup-cakes use fondant for the smooth outer frosting. I can't even pipe frosting in a straight line, so I doubt that any of my finished products would end up looking like the ones in the book. But, I bet they would taste good!
The recipe I tried out for my review was: Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing.(Like I said, I am hopeless with icing, I'd love to blame it on the kids.)
The cookies turned out well, they were very tasty - slightly crisp on the outside with a soft and buttery inside.