Mich Turner, owner of the Little Venice Cake Company and award-winning cake designer presents her ultimate masterclass in cake baking and decorating. Covering every aspect of baking and decorating with easy-to-follow instructions, this book is ideal for both the beginner-baker and the cake-decorating veteran. Baking basics are introduced in the 'Cake Recipes' chapter, with sweet treats to suit every occasion; from classic sponge to decadent chocolate and traditional fruit and ginger cakes. These recipes form the blank canvas on which Mich Turner works her magic, as she explains, step-by-step, how to make delicious frostings and fillings, as well as how to cover and stack your cakes in preparation for decorating. In the 'Masterclass' chapter, Mich shares her decorating secrets with succinct tutorials to teach advanced techniques, from moulding realistic sugar paste roses to hand-painted designs and delicate ribbon loops. The stunning 'Cake Gallery' section showcases the techniques developed in the Masterclass, with a delectable range of desserts for every occasion: from tiered creations with piped lace to chocolate glitter roses, through hand-painted flowers, to moulded Christmas candy canes. This book demystifies cake decorating, making it accessible and fun. If you have never dared to bake and decorate a cake or if you are simply looking for inspiration, Mich Turner has created the perfect book for you.
Mich Turner's pioneering work in the world of creative cake decoration means she is often described as the queen of couture cakes. She originally trained as a Food Scientist and was Patisserie Buyer at Harvey Nichols before founding her hugely successful Little Venice Cake Company in 1999. Mich's bespoke classic and contemporary creations have graced the table of her Majesty the Queen, Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, Paul McCartney, Cheryl Cole and David Beckham. It's no wonder then that Vogue, Tatler and Stella magazines regularly feature her delicious designs. Mich has also been a consultant to numerous TV shows, including Heston Blumenthal's Feast, Rachel Allen's Bake!, Kirstie's Homemade Home and of course her own series, Couture Cakes. As a leading authority on special occasion cakes, Mich runs successful masterclasses around the world aimed at all levels of ability. She was Harpers Bazaar and Chanel Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 and is the author of four highly successful books: Spectacular Cakes (best Dessert Book, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards), Fantastic Party Cakes, Couture Wedding Cakes and Cake Masterclass (best book for food professionals, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards). Little Venice Cake Company Celebration Cakes are available under licence in Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Tesco, providing the opportunity to sample the luxury of LVCC at a price point all can afford. LVCC already provides couture cakes exclusively for Harrods. In 2010 Mich was awarded an MBE for her outstanding services to the Catering Industry and in 2011, Little Venice Cake Company launched a new international range of cake baking and decorating equipment and Mich launched a range of edibles in conjunction with Silver Spoon. Both ranges are set to expand in 2012.