WANT TO DECORATE CAKES LIKE A PRO? DIY CAKE DECORATING BOOK SHOWS YOU HOW!

Jackie Thompson, Author of Contemporary Cake Designs Book One.

 

If you’re keen on learning about cake decorating like a professional, Jackie Thompson has made it easy for you with the release of her book, Contemporary Cake Designs – Book One. Contemporary Cake Designs – Book One is not just another book about cake decorating. It is a book that is filled with a wealth of wonderful tips on what to do, what not to do, how to do it and why not to do it and it has an amazing 500+ photographs that make this book a pictorial step-by-step guide on some of the intricate techniques of cake decorating. The book is comprehensively written with easy to follow instructions.

Author Jackie is a highly qualified chef and party chef who has worked in some of the grandest five-star hotels in UK and Europe; she has created cakes and food for Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason, Finding Neverland,Wimbledon and Iris in the UK and she is qualified at the highest level of British City and Guilds in sugar craft, in all aspects of cake decorating and flower making.

Jackie has just about done it all! She emigrated to Australia in 2004 where she established her own highly successful Contemporary Cakes and Classes cake decorating business in Brisbane.

And now, Jackie has harnessed her significant experience and passion for baking and cake decorating into a very practical DIY book for decorators of all levels. Her first book Contemporary Cake Designs Book One brings together a wealth of knowledge about recipes, baking and twelve distinctly different decorated cake projects that allow the reader to learn how to decorate at their own pace in their own home, with the aid of some amazing photos.

“I take inspiration from life – from the environment and friends and I use these daily lessons to build ideas for my cakes.” Jackie said. “And it is this positive attitude for life that has driven me to try to create a book, a DIY tool, which will take my craft to the masses.”

 

WANT TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN SIGNED COPY OF THIS BOOK?

 

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Cake Appreciation Society has one signed copy of Contemporary Cake Designs – Book One to give away.  Simply visit our Facebook page for details of the giveaway which will be drawn on April 30 2014.

Contemporary Cakes is a proud Cake Appreciation Society Member and you’ll find more details in our website directory.

 

 

CAN DECADENTLY DELICIOUS DESSERTS BE A HEALTHY OPTION? FREESTYLE TOUT SAYS YES!

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GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE IS NEW ON THE DESSERT MENU AT FREESTYLE TOUT

Healthy changes are afoot at Brisbane’s iconic dessert restaurant, Freestyle Tout, located at The Emporium in Brisbane, making our dreams come true with a range of desserts to suit those seeking healthy food options that make us feel a little naughty but never guilty.

Owner, Martin Duncan, has returned from France, London, Rome and a stint in Sicily cooking with the Duchess di Palma, with a renewed passion for introducing simple fresh ingredients into the menu with a healthy twist.

“For me personally I’ve made a change and am more conscious of eating healthier, cleaner options. Gluten free and vegan interest me and the challenge to make these dishes more readily available for our patrons excites me!”

Whilst their classic Freestyle desserts are still on the menu, they have made the portions a healthier size for one to enjoy as well as adding some delicious new options which have already received some great feedback from patrons.

“We’re looking forward to adding more gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, diary free, sugar free options in the future”, says Martin.

New additions to the dessert menu include these decadently delicious treats which offer a healthy option:

Chocolate banana mousse cake which is gluten-free/grain-free

Raw Lemon Cheesecake Tart which is sugar-less, gluten free and vegan

Raw Chocolate Tart which is sugar-less and Vegan.

Which one will you try first?

Of course, for those who are not ready to give up sugar just yet, the famous Freestyle Tout Creme Brulee is calling you!

So do yourself a flavour, whether you live in Brisbane, or visiting Brisbane, put Freestyle Tout on your ‘must visit’ list and let us know if you end up eating your dessert first.

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CREME BRULEE DESSERT IS A CLASSIC FAVOURITE AT FREESTYLE TOUT

 

You’ll find this Cake Appreciation Society Member listed in our Directory at www.cakeappreciationsociety.com

We invite you to join us today! 

 

The Beauty of Handpainted Cakes

Hand painted wedding cake by Eden Cakes and Cupcakes

Have you considered a handpainted wedding cake?

In organising your wedding, you’ve  taken a lot of time designing your stationary and all other aspects of your wedding to ensure that your day is unique and true to who you are as a couple, so why not incorporate those carefully thought out design aspects on your wedding cake?

There are many cake designs being created every day by talented and passionate artists and at Eden Cakes and Cupcakes, located in Montville, Queensland, Australia, Libby  likes to keep up to date with designs and what is “on trend”.

Libby works closely with award winning artist Dorothy Peall who brings her extraordinary talents to create one- off signed artworks for your special day.

These cakes are becoming very very popular and you can see from these photos, how beautiful these edible works of art are.

If you wish to make an enquiry about a handpainted cake for your special day please call or email Libby at Eden Cakes and Cupcakes.

Handpainted Wedding Cake by Eden Cakes and Cupcakes

Handpainted Wedding Cake by Eden Cakes and Cupcakes

CHOCOLATE FUDGE! Niknak’s Sweetest Treats Recipe Share.

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Mmm…is your mouth watering? Just take a look at this Chocolate Fudge by our Cake Appreciation Society Member, Niknak’s Sweetest Treats located in Perth, Western Australia.

Want to make it now?

Here’s the recipe…thanks to Niknak’s Sweetest Treats for sharing!

YOU WILL NEED

395 grams sweetened condensed milk

500 grams milk chocolate

30 grams unsalted butter

1/2 cup Nutella spread

36 Ferrero Rocher Chocolates

  • INSTRUCTIONS

    Mix together condensed milk, chocolate  andbutter. Melt till smooth. Add in Nutella and mix till combined. Pour mixture in 20cm square lined tin. Place forrero’s on the top and press slightly into mixture.
    Refrigerate till firm. Cut into 36 squares  Enjoy.
    You’ll find more fudge recipes over at the Niknak’s Sweetest Treats Facebook page. While you’re there, do take a look at their gorgeous dessert tables full of delicious delights perfect for any occasion.

What’s your reason for celebrating with cake? Tell us and Win!

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WHAT’S YOUR REASON TO CELEBRATE WITH CAKE?  TELL US AND WIN!

 

Cakes are not just for birthdays! There’s so many reasons to celebrate with cake, including engagements, weddings, Christenings, graduations, house warmings, business launches, and of course, the ‘just because’. Here at Cake Appreciation Society, we showcase cakes for every occasion worldwide and we’d love to hear from YOU. What’s your reason to celebrate?

Tell us what is YOUR reason to celebrate with cake this year? You could win:

  • 1st Prize $100 to spend with any CAS Member of your choice
  • 2nd Prize $50 to spend with any CAS Member of your choice
  • 3rd Prize $25 to spend with any CAS Member of your choice

Send your entries to share@cakeappreciationsociety.com

The winners will be drawn once we reach 100,000 Likers on our Cake Appreciation Society Facebook page..

Know someone who’s got a reason to celebrate with cake this year?  Let them know about this…sharing is caring!

You’ll find a listing of Cake Decorators and Baking Suppliers in our Directory at www.cakeappreciationsociety.com

LOVE BAKING? DON’T MISS THE FRESHBAKE SHOW 2013 IN SYDNEY!

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Do you love baking?

Don’t miss the home baking show with a difference! Put October 12 and 13 2013 in your diary to visit The Freshbake Show at The Byron Kennedy Hall in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

If you have a passion for the art of baking, you’ll know you aren’t alone.

The Freshbake Show has been created to bring home bakers together to learn, share and connect with people just as passionate about baking as they are.

The show is a celebration of baking, bringing together enthusiasts, professionals and the industry to network and exchange ideas.

Taking place on 12 October from 9am – 5pm and 13 October from 9am. to 4pm, The Freshbake Show is a two day event with interactive features such as demonstrations, competitions and activities for all types and levels of experience.
You will have the opportunity to purchase and sample the best baked goods, products and equipment relative to baking. Who knows – a world of baking ideas could lead you to becoming the next baking extraordinaire!

Click on this link for all the details, including buying tickets as a visitor or booking your exhibition stand.

As one of the proud supporters of The Freshbake Show, Cake Appreciation Society is looking forward to meeting you there.

 

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HAPPY EID!

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Celebrating Eid with Cupcakes from Tantissimo Cakes, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. You’ll find this Cake Appreciation Society Member in our Directory at www.cakeappreciationsociety.com

Eid al-Fitr the ”festival of breaking of the fast“, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar FeastBayram (Bajram), the Sweet Festival and the Lesser Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).  Source: Wikipedia

50 SHADES OF GREY? GREY DESSERTS GO ON SALE TO HELP CURE DEPRESSION

The Depressed Cake Shop will sell grey cakes to represent depression and help raise funds for a cure

One in four people will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. This fact is the motivation behind a new project, ‘The Depressed Cake Shop’ which will see pop-up bakeries opening around the UK and in Sydney, Australia in August 2013, selling only grey cakes to represent depression.

The Depressed Cake shop, an idea set up by UK businesswoman will provide a unique way to raise awareness of and discuss mental health issues, focussing on depression, whilst at the same time raising valuable funds for a mental health charity.

  • The Depressed Cake Shop’ sells only grey cakes to represent depression
  • Aims to raise awareness of mental illness and get people talking
  • Baking has long been thought to be therapeutic for depression sufferers
  • Cakes will be made by both professionals and amateur bakers
  • ‘Depressed Cake Shop’ pop- up stalls will open across the UK in August
  • Profits from sales of the cakes will go to charities and fund baking therapy

Click on this link to read more http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2355820/Can-cake-cure-depression-Grey-desserts-sale-pop-bakeries.html

CAKE OF THE MONTH – CAKE APPRECIATION SOCIETY PEOPLE’S CHOICE JULY 2013

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CAKE OF THE MONTH JULY 2013 – CAKE APPRECIATION SOCIETY PEOPLE’S CHOICE  Cookie Monster by Comper Cakes, Mandurah, Western Australia

Which cake got cake lovers clicking the like button and sharing the most during July 2013 on our Facebook page?

This Cookie Monster cake, matching cupcakes and 110 chocolate chip cookies by Comper Cakes, located in Mandurah, Western Australia,  stole the hearts of our cake loving audience. Congratulations to Comper Cakes for being selected People’s Choice Cake of the Month for July 2013.

Every day Cake Appreciation Society showcases cakes from around the world and every day you’ll find new cake pics on our Facebook page wall and in our many themed photo albums as well as our Pinterest boards over at www.pinterest.com/cakepins.

The creative talents showcased are truly awesome and you’ll be amazed by what you see.

Which cake will get you clicking the ‘like’ button next month?

Are you a Cake Decorator, Baker or Cake associated business? Would you like to be showcased so cake lovers everywhere can find you?

We invite you to join us as a Cake Appreciation Society Member today.

Click here for details.

 

CAKING AROUND THE WORLD – MEET THE BUILDER TURNED WINNING BAKER

In 2011, Dave swapped the cement mixer for a food mixer and started to make his creations under the name of Dave’s All Occasion Cakes, located in Penryn Cornwell, United Kingdom.

Since then, Dave’s gone on to create cakes for every occasion including weddings, birthdays, Christenings, special events and has won a Silver Award at the Cake International Show 2013 for a tug boat cake entry.

Dave prides himself on offering a unique range of flavours and only uses the best ingredients when creating your cakes, aiming to work with you, discuss your ideas, colours, style and budget to create the perfect cake, for your special occasion.

Silver Award Winning Cake at Cake International by Dave’s All Occasion Cakes

Dragon Cake by Dave’s All Occasion Cakes

Click here to view more photos of the making of the Dragon Cake.

You’ll find this Cake Appreciation Society Member in our Directory.