As most of you know by now, I love baking and decorating cakes and I am always on the look out to learn new techniques and get inspiration from everywhere. Therefore, I was very happy when I asked if I would like to review Mitch Turner’s Cake Masterclass: The Ultimate Guide to Cake Decorating Perfection.
Mitch Turner is the owner of The Little Venice Cake Company which she set up in 1999 after leaving Harvey Nichols where she worked as a Patisserie Buyer. She has made cakes for Gordon Ramsay, Pierce Brosnan, Cheryl Cole, David Beckham and Her Majesty The Queen. Cake Masterclass is her fourth book, following on from her three previous international best-sellers including Spectacular Cakes and Fantastic Party Cakes.
My first impression of the book was how pretty and detailed the cover was. Its beautiful. The book is divided into six sections, Essential Equipment, Cake Baking, Fillings and Frostings, Careful Covering and Stacking, Masterclass and a Cake Gallery. The most useful sections for the amateur cake baker are the equipment section, covering and stacking and the masterclass section, where Mitch reveals some of her decorating secrets such as how to do run outs, make flowers and hand piping. The cake gallery is useful for inspiration, however I think most of the ideas are slightly beyond the average amateur cake decorator despite Mitch’s detailed instructions.
To test out the recipes in the book, I decided to make Cinnamon and White Chocolate Cupcakes. I am not usually one for making flavoured cupcakes, I prefer simple vanilla however these sounded quite good so I gave them a go. The making of the cupcakes was easy. The recipe was spot on. However, I had some concerns with the white chocolate buttercream. Normally I use 250g of unsalted butter to 50og of icing sugar to ice 12 cupcakes. This recipe called for 175g of unsalted butter to 300g icing sugar, with 100g of white chocolate melted to ice 24 cupcakes. As it was quite late on a work night when I was making these, I decided to palette knife the icing onto the cakes, as piping was a bit beyond me at this point. It turned out that there was enough icing in the end, however I think if I had used my normal Wilton 1M nozzle, there would not have been enough icing for the cakes. I took the cakes to work and everyone loved them. The cinnamon was not overpowering and the white chocolate icing complimented it fantastically. I decorated the cupcakes with decorations I have recently received from Dr Oetker: Wafer Daisies and Polka Dots.
Overall, I was very impressed with Mitch Turner’s Cake Masterclass. I think it is useful addition to any cake bakers bookshelf as it has the perfect mix of techniques and inspiration.
Many Thanks to Melissa from Jacqui Small for sending me the book to review. It is much appreciated.
Dr Oetker Giveaway!
Dr Oetker have given me lots of goodies that I can giveaway to one lucky Jo’s Kitchen reader. You can win a Bunny Cookie Kit, a Cupcake Kit, an Egg Decorating Kit, Chocolate Writing icing, Chocolate Chips and Fun Baking Cases. Everything you need to get busy in the kitchen with the kids this Easter holiday. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by 8pm on Tuesday 19th April. The winner will then be chosen using Random.org and the items will then be posted out to you, hopefully in time for Easter weekend. The giveaway is open to UK residents only as although Dr Oetker supplied the goodies, I am paying the postage to get the items to you. Any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,
Happy Cooking (or Baking!)