By Dana Meachen Rau
Capstone Young Readers
Back Cover: You can create amazing and delicious desserts. No baking required! Just pick up cupcakes, cookies, cakes, or candies from your local store. Then head to the kitchen with friends or family and get busy designing you dessert masterpiece. Follow our step-by step directions and use your design skills to make glitzy armadillos, gift-worthy cakes, super sweet sushi, and more edible art. Its delicious fun!
About the Book: Dessert Designs is not a cookbook. Dessert Designs is an art book that will have your child making edible creations for parties, sleepovers, holidays, and every day. No cooking or baking is required so there is no need to assist your child, unless you need a reason to join in the fun.
Dessert Designs begins with a wonderful section called Play with Your Food! This introduction and will explain how to use the book. Frosting is the only recipe needed. For most recipes store bought icing will work. If you are not a fan of this type of frosting, there is a simple recipe for general use frosting. Some recipes need frosting called Royal Icing. This special icing finishes with a smooth, glossy shell.
What I Thought: Dessert Designs is a fun book for middle grade and older kids who enjoy being creative. Anyone who likes constructing things from building blocks such as Legos, or enjoys painting and drawing will enjoy the creative edible projects in this fun and delicious book. Yesterday was National Cake Decorating Day, which would have been the perfect day to open Dessert Designs and get making something fantastic to look at and eat. Next year, I would love to post anything you make for this day, using this book.
The recipes remind me of three-dimensional puzzles. The only thing I would do differently would be to actually bake my own cakes, cookies, and cupcakes rather than use store bought. I think these recipes would make for a fun family outing right in your own dining room. Instead of frosting cookies, use those cookies to make Wise Old Owls, Fruit Slices, Flower Place Cards, or Monkey Arounds.
For animal lovers, like myself, there are Licorice Twist Butterflies, an Enchanting Peacock, Curled up Cozy Cats, and for the naughty, a special treat called In the Doghouse. I personally like the finished appearance of the Coaster Cake. It uses little teddy bear crackers for the riders, who sit in candy bar seats —fun-sized Mounds Bar—that roll on the track on necklace candy wheels. This is a really, dare I say, cool cake that will have everyone oohing and awing.
Dessert Designs contains fifty-one recipes for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and candies. Every recipe has a color photograph so you can see what the finished item should look like. If you really want to get creative, I think it would be easy to add a unique touch. Dessert Designs is an unusual “children’s book” but it is a book kids will have an enormous amount of fun with and then can clean up simply by eating anything that remains. What a terrific idea Dessert Designs is for holidays, get togethers, or for tonight’s dinner. Enjoy!
Released February 1, 2013
Age 10 and up
© 2013 by Capstone Books, used with permission
Recipes copyright © 2013 by Dana Meachen Rau
Photographs copyright © 2013 by Capstone Studio/Karon Dubke
Capstone Young Readers is an imprint of Capstone Books.
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