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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review- Crazy for Cake Pops

Molly Bakes, if you haven't heard of her yet, is a London cake artist who specializes in bespoke cakes made with wonderful ingredients and wonderful designs. If you're lucky enough to live in that area, she even teaches classes every so often.

If you're over here in the USA though, she has a new cake pop book available. Crazy for Cake Pops: 50 All New Delicious and Adorable Creations.

It's a full color, step by step paper book that explains the tools and methods you'll need to make cake pops and has instructions for lots of decorated pops.

The first part of the book is the introduction and the equipment you'll need as well as a brief overview of the method used to make cake pops. The list of tools is very complete. She also includes a conversion table for measurements.

Then the cake recipes! The recipes have some metric measurements with the US volume equivalents in parentheses. Since Molly specializes in bespoke cakes using very good ingredients and made from scratch, the recipes are just wonderful. She suggests frosting pairings for making the cake balls for the pops and includes recipes for the frosting.  A lemon cake with yogurt for extra moistness and tartness, a toffee frosting made with dulce de leche for flavor, more traditional vanilla and chocolate cakes and frostings.

She follows that with photographed instructions for making the cake balls and putting the sticks in them as well as how to melt the candy coating for the cake pops.

If you just wanted to make simple and very good cake pops, you could add some sprinkles or crushed nuts and be done there. But then she has a bunch of designs as well. This is the part that made my daughter very excited.

Sweethearts, Tricolor and Marbled pops all start with a basic round pop and use simple decorating techniques. Then you get into the shaped pops. Lightning bolts, adorable miniature donuts, mustache pops, skulls, animals, lovely white decorated wedding pops, there are pops for every occasion. She explains her decorating and shaping methods in a way that's easy to follow. The colors and shapes are great, they remind me a lot of very colorful toys.

The end of the book has instructions for the techniques she uses to decorate in easy to follow language. She also includes a supplier list.

You can get this book directly from the publisher, Ulysses Press
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