Extreme Cakeovers

Extreme Cakeovers

Make Showstopping Desserts From Store-bought Ingredients

Book - 2013
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"Make over any purchased sheet cake or frozen pound cake into a stunning creation that looks like it came from a fancy bakery no special skills or equipment necessary! Even if you've never tried to decorate a cake before, with a good supply of candies and other store-bought treats and the detailed instructions in Extreme Cakeovers, you'll be able to accomplish forty unique designs. You can: Fashion robot hands from chocolate-covered doughnuts Make Fruit Roll-ups blossom into a bouquet of red roses Roll Rice Krispies Treats and Swedish Fish into realistic sushi String a pretty strand of gumball pearls Create a train smokestack from an ice cream cone and marshmallow ncluding tips and designs to please everyone from five to one hundred, Extreme Cakeovers is a whimsical guide to crafting cakes that will be the centerpiece of any occasion, from kids' birthdays to Halloween, Father's Day to Valentine's Day, engagement parties to retirement gatherings."
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307985200
Branch Call Number: 641. 86539 REI
Characteristics: 207 p. : chiefly col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Reichart, Sasha

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ksoles Nov 13, 2013

"Extreme Cakeovers" will not teach you how to bake like a pastry chef. It will not provide instruction on using fondant, gum paste or other professional materials. It will, however, show that you can create fun and impressive cakes with everyday ingredients. No experience required.

Rick and Sasha Reichart own a unique cake design studio in Oahu; the Food Network Challenge has featured their cakes as have many national and international publications. The couple travels the world teaching advanced cake decorating classes but, in this book, they showcase 40 projects that readers can reproduce with a little patience and a trip to the candy store.

The authors organize their book by theme (retro, holiday etc) and include a diverse arrangement of designs from a jukebox to a roller skate to a banana split. Each recipe includes a large, closeup photograph, clear and detailed directions and an extensive, specific ingredients list. Some of the exact candy called for isn't available in Canada but substitutions certainly seem possible.

Yes, the book is kitchy. And yes, the recipes call for highly processed ingredients including Twinkies and tinned frosting. If you want to make gourmet wedding cakes, look elsewhere. If you want to make simple show-stoppers with your kids, look no further.

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