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From the surprisingly simple to the lusciously extravagant, with so called ‘naked cakes’ what you see is what you get!
Here you will find recipes and decoration ideas for exquisitely beautiful cakes. While in previous years the fashion had been for cakes to be encased in fondant and decorated in a fancy style, there is now an established trend for stripping cakes back, and decorating them more simply with edible flowers and vibrant berries or using different shades of batter to make the cake itself the star attraction. Whether you want to create Vintage Elegance, Rustic Style, Romantic Charm, Chic Simplicity or Dramatic Effect, or make something to represent the Changing Seasons, you’ll find the perfect recipe and design here. Choose from floral cakes such as Rose Petal Cake, zingy citrus bakes such as Clementine Cakes and luxurious berry fruit offerings including Blueberry and Lemon Drizzle Cakes. There are plenty of ideas to tempt the sophisticated nut-lover and chocoholic, such as Chocolate Chestnut Cake, Hazelnut Harvest Cake, and Pistachio Layer Cake. These cakes are not for every day—they are special treats and perfect for birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations all year round.
About the Author
A lawyer and MasterChef finalist, Hannah Miles has developed a second career as a cake maker and food writer. She is the author of Popcorn Treats (978-1-84975-200-8), Milkshake Bar (978-1-84975-191-9), Doughnuts (978-1-84975-251-0), Cheesecake (978-1-84975-352-4), Sweetie Pie (978-1-84975-610-5) and Naked Cakes (978-1-84975-599-3) – all published by Ryland Peters & Small. Hannah lives in the UK but is a regular visitor to Brooklyn, NY, where her brother and his young family enjoy discovering new griddle joints to share with her.