Introduction: great ways to cheat - good bought products on the market, icing decorations, ready made piping icings, coloured fondant, icing pens; what cakes to use - low down on good bought cakes; how to make your own cakes - basic creamed cake with table for different sizes, madeira with table for different sizes, easy chocolate oil cake, tips for freezing cakes; easy icings - butter icing, royal icing, glace icing, mascarpone frosting and creamy chocolate ganache; basic equipment - paste colourings, child's rolling pin, alphabet and number cutters and other fancy shapes. Really fast cakes: talking telephone numbers; funny faces; crown cakes; paintbox cakes; snakes and ladders. Animal fun: elephant; frog; lion; zebra; panda; angel fish; busy bees; chocolate hedgehogs; Millie the millipede; ladybird cakes; tropical fish tank; piggy bank; Easter nests; Easter bunnies; Easter chicks. Scary ghosts and things: haunted house cake; witches in chocolate hats; eye balls; pumpkin lanterns; spooky spiders webs. Boys and big machines: construction cake; pick up truck; mini scalextric; steaming ahead (train); army tank; pirate ship battle; a doyouthinkhesawus (dinosaur); rocket. Girlie: ballet shoes; hearts and flowers; paddling pool; dollies tea party; mermaid; piece of cake; Rapunzel. Learning can be fun: watches (individual watches); who's for dominoes; building bricks; 2 today (also contains ideas on how to adapt to make other numbers and tips on making your own cake in a number tin). Nursery rhymes: hickory dickory dock; humpty dumpty; three little pigs; Noah's ark; playful kittens; Hanzel and Gretel house; Cinderella. Christmas is coming: snowmen cakes; Father Christmas cup cakes; Christmas sacks; igloo and penguin cake; mini Christmas tree cakes; Rudolph.
Sara Lewis is the cookery editor of "Practical Parenting Magazine" and the author of "Veggie Food for Kids" and "The Lunchbox Book".
Sara Lewis has been the Cookery Editor of Practical Parenting Magazine for the last 11 years. She has a daughter aged 11 and a son aged 6. She is the author of Veggie Food for Kids and The Lunchbox Book, also published by Hamlyn.
How many times have you looked at or bought a ready-made, supermarket birthday cake for your child? How many times has the same cake appeared at different parties? Escape the commercialism and create your own with this easy-to-follow book. Cakes for all ages and tastes are included in this wonderfully illustrated guide. Using both ready-made and home-baked sponges and biscuits, the author leads you through all possible permutations to create a fantasy cake for your child. Ballet shoes for little girls, eyeball cakes for little boys, Humpty Dumptys, numbers, clowns and space bugs are but a few contained within these pages. All cakes, once the basic components are gathered, should take no longer than 30 minutes to put together and the results are almost guaranteed, so easy and innovative are the instructions. And many of the ingredients used are ready-made meaning no more trying to make smooth icing or using a piping bag to write messages. So spoil your child with an individually created cake. After all, it is their special day and a special cake to be shared with special friends will ensure a birthday to be remembered for years to come. - Lucy Watson