Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Confetti Cakes for Kids by Elisa Strauss

Confetti Cakes for Kids

This isn't so much as a kid's baking book, rather than a great idea book and pattern book for creating lovely and inventive cakes for kids. The book I purchased is hefty and hard covered, and since I already have The Confetti Cakes Cookbook by the same author, this book just seemed a natural progression to the series.

Elisa Strauss has broken her Confetti Cakes For Kids baking and cookbook into not only creative cakes, as expected, but also cookies, cupcakes, and a section called 'mini cakes,' where the individual cake is given to the recipient just for him or her. According to her, they "are wonderful vehicles for practicing your sculpting skills on a less intimidating scale."

The book's Basic Techniques section is useful for any cake, with tips and great colored photos on sculpting cakes, covering a cake with fondant, piping and flooding cookies, and using a pasta machine for rolled fondant. The basic recipes include all the needed basic recipes for six different cakes, five different buttercreams or frostings, and three different cookies.

My favorite? The Beach Pail Cupcakes, of course. (If you holding the book right now fresh from the bookstore or library, it's on page 129). If you use shell shaped chocolate molds filled with white chocolate and dusted with a pearl powder, they would make a really nice and simple accompaniment to them.

Note: I purchased this book with my own funds at a bookstore. Any opinions are my own. 

Renee Shelton
The Cookbook Papers


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