The ultimate step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to baking perfection
Baking is a hugely rewarding pastime, and this book will take you through every step of the process, from lining the tin to creating an ornate wedding cake. Multi-award winner and professional baker Mich Turner MBE offers indispensible lessons and a wealth of insider tips and knowledge.
All of Mich ‘s expert instructions are accompanied by 1,000s of photographs showing you each step of the process – including tips on what not to do and how to avoid common baking mistakes.
Making and Baking Cakes takes you through the ingredients, preparation and different cake baking methods to achieve different results, including tips for identifying and fixing baking pitfalls.
Putting it All Together offers a wealth of choices for fillings, toppings, coverings and assembly. Explore the best combinations from purées to honeycomb, ganache to meringue. Learn how to handle marzipan and sugar paste with confidence and how to stack tiered cakes.
Decorating: Mich takes you through the whole process from the basics, such as making the piping bag and producing straight lines, before building confidence with delicate effects such as lace, hand lettering and quilting, to tutorials on creating a selection of hand-moulded flowers, butterflies and intricate hand painting.
Whether you are baking for an afternoon tea, a birthday party or a lavish celebration, Mich Turner’s Cake School will provide all you need to know to become a master cake maker.
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.
'This comprehensive guide to baking from first principles is practical and informative and would make a great gift for anyone new to baking.'
'It's hard to go wrong if you follow Mich Turner's advice. Cake School covers everything from baking to decorating a cake. Especially valuable are tips on what can go wrong and how to put it right: clear and easy to follow with step-by-step photography throughout.'
‘ So you might not want to make your own wedding cake, but if you did, this would be your bible. Once you’ ve got to grips with the cake, it’ s time to decorate it – this is when the book really comes into its own, with spectacular effects explained step-by-step. Mich makes it all seem possible. It’ s a beautiful tome, too, with gorgeous photography by Amanda Heywood.’
'Ideal for a lavish celebration.'