Book Review: Dessert Designer, Creations You Can Make and Eat! by Dana Meachen Rau


Dessert Designer, Creations You Can Make and Eat! by Dana Meachen Rau
Turn your boring desserts into fantastic works of food art. Learn to make cupcakes into bunnies or candies into shining stars. The best part of this book is learning it’s OK to play with your food!

For ages 9-13.

* Step-by-step instructions to create each project
* Cool projects! No baking required!
* Photos enhance the projects and appeal to readers of all ages
* In line with the popular food styling trend
* Great family activity

Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (February 1, 2013)

Advance Praise:
“Dessert Designer is filled with sweet, creative ideas that are doable, even for the novice designer—and kids, too.”
-Rebecca French, author Sweet Home cookbook and 

My Thoughts:
This is a very creative dessert decorating book with loads of unique ideas.  Some of the ideas are very intricate and complicated and I wonder if a beginner really could pull them off.  Most of the ideas are  not too difficult, though and could easily be made.  

In order to try out the ease of the designs, I made one of them!  My daughter loves zebra stripes and since it was her birthday, I decided to make her the zebra striped purse cake that I found in this book.  After all, I needed to try one of the ideas in order to know if it was doable.  I had to make a few changes based on my daughter’s tastes and my own limitations, but the idea was super cute and was a big hit with my daughter.  It wasn’t too hard to recreate the cake, but of course, the one in the book looks much better than mine. 🙂

The thing to keep in mind is that this is not really a recipe book.  It is a decorating book.  You are getting instructions on how to decorate your desserts.  Most of the instructions are easy to follow, but occasionally I got confused with all the frosting choices and would have to go back to the descriptions to try and figure out which frosting they were talking about.

In case you are curious as to how my attempt at making one of these amazing cakes went, here is a picture:


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About the Author:

 Dana Meachen Rau writes about many topics, including food! When she’s
not writing, she’s being creative in other ways – especially in the
kitchen. Sometimes she follows recipes, but other times she experiments
with new flavors. And she doesn’t need a special occasion to whip up a
special dessert for her friends and family in Burlington, Connecticut.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    March 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Aw! Happy birthday to your daughter! I could never pull anything creative off with my cake making. A mix and that's it. I should try this one day. I do admire people who are able to pull this off. I'm not sure about this just being a decorating book. The ingredients of the cake are pretty important and it can be creative in itself. Your cake looks yummy! Are those marshmallows attached to licorice?

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