The special occasion cake always takes centre-stage when family, friends and colleagues come together in celebration. This book is a versatile guide, for the novice and the more experienced cake decorator alike, to create a selection of stunning cakes for formal or informal events that will add that all essential ‘wow’ factor to any event. Deciding on a decoration for your cake can be a huge dilemma. The design you choose should befit the occasion and be a reflection of the personality of the recipient. From dramatic tiered wedding cakes to the more unusual patisserie dessert cakes; and from sculptural chocolate masterpieces to delicately iced individual miniature cakes, Mich Turner’s extensive repertoire of designs is truly inspiring, and complements her established reputation for producing cakes for a broad spectrum of celebrity clients. The basic principles for choosing and designing your cake are essentially the same, whether the cake is for a wedding, birthday, anniversary or christening. Mich guides you through the many layers of decision-making; from establishing the celebration theme to the different cake shapes to choose from, from the type of icing that is most suitable to use, to the specific decorative techniques that give the cake its unique appeal. Divided into five chapters –‘Cake Techniques’; ‘Iced Cakes’; ‘Chocolate Cakes’; ‘Cakes by Event’; and ‘Signature Cakes- the book covers all the relevant technical and decorative aspects of creating the perfect cake. The range of designs featured will enable the reader to develop their skills and confidence, and delight those for whom they are making the cake!
Mich Turner's pioneering work in the world of creative cake decoration means she is often described as the queen of couture cakes. She originally trained as a Food Scientist and was Patisserie Buyer at Harvey Nichols before founding her hugely successful Little Venice Cake Company in 1999. Mich's bespoke classic and contemporary creations have graced the table of her Majesty the Queen, Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, Paul McCartney, Cheryl Cole and David Beckham. It's no wonder then that Vogue, Tatler and Stella magazines regularly feature her delicious designs. Mich has also been a consultant to numerous TV shows, including Heston Blumenthal's Feast, Rachel Allen's Bake!, Kirstie's Homemade Home and of course her own series, Couture Cakes. As a leading authority on special occasion cakes, Mich runs successful masterclasses around the world aimed at all levels of ability. She was Harpers Bazaar and Chanel Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 and is the author of four highly successful books: Spectacular Cakes (best Dessert Book, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards), Fantastic Party Cakes, Couture Wedding Cakes and Cake Masterclass (best book for food professionals, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards). Little Venice Cake Company Celebration Cakes are available under licence in Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Tesco, providing the opportunity to sample the luxury of LVCC at a price point all can afford. LVCC already provides couture cakes exclusively for Harrods. In 2010 Mich was awarded an MBE for her outstanding services to the Catering Industry and in 2011, Little Venice Cake Company launched a new international range of cake baking and decorating equipment and Mich launched a range of edibles in conjunction with Silver Spoon. Both ranges are set to expand in 2012.