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. Volume VIII Number 16 . . . . April 12, 2002
You can find candy, sprinkles, colored sugar and tinted icing at grocery stores, bulk food stores or cake-decorating stores. Choose candies with strong colours. Light coloured candies look best on dark icing and dark candies look good on light colored icing.
Use melted chocolate chips or bars of semisweet or milk chocolate to decorate your cake. If you break the bars into small pieces, the chocolate will melt faster. Chocolate burns easily, so ask an adult to help you carefully melt it in a microwave of double boiler. Heat the chocolate just enough to melt it, then let it cool slightly before you use it. If the chocolate begins to harden before you are finished, melt it again.Bake and Make Amazing Cakes includes 19 easy-to-do cake projects and decorating tips which are simple enough for children 10 and older to try on their own. The illustrations and the step-by- step instructions are very clear and make use of cake baked as conventional rectangles or circles. Suggestions for decorations with items such as candies or cookies and icing sugar are very attractive. The directions for cakes include shapes for the holidays/festivals as well as other creative shapes like tigers, school buses, castles, burgers and dinosaurs. Consequently, both genders of bakers should be attracted to the book. The book's closing pages contain recipes for various cakes, such as white, chocolate, carrot and banana, as well as recipes for icing. Bake and Make Amazing Cakes will certainly appeal to juvenile chefs and, who knows, the library staff may even benefit. The book also has a role in the mathematics program where geometry is introduced as all the fancier shapes are combinations of the triangles, rectangles and circles cut from the original circular or rectangular cakes. In schools where baking is part of the curriculum, this book will inspire bakers to new designs.
MacKeen is a teacher-Librarian at Glen Stewart School, in Stratford,
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