by Karla Goodwin (Random House, RRP $50):
You have probably looked at the covers of dozens of cookbooks and thought “I could never make that”.
Looking at the cover of Bluebells Cakery, at a six-tier pastel-coloured cake, decorated with delicate ribbon-ruffle icing I thought the same thing Only, I had a crack at it . . . for my daughter’s first birthday . . . and it worked perfectly, almost identically to Goodwin’s. She has more experience than me (she runs Bluebells Cakery, one of Auckland’s most popular cake shops) , but it was close enough for it to be judged a success. And it tasted great.
The how-to guides make this a book wannabe bakers and cake makers will return to regularly. I found my go-to cake recipe and I am sure other recipes will be added to the repertoire.
But, hey, it’s a book about cakes. What’s not to like?