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Kiwiana Party Cakes: Fun Cakes for Fun Occasions


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Kiwiana Party Cakes: Fun Cakes for Fun Occasions by Rob Burns
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"The best kiwi themed cake book I've seen"
3 stars"
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I thought this book was about 60–70% good. There were some super cool NZ ideas in there, but then there were some pretty poor efforts. It looks like he had a number of ideas he had to produce, and ran out of ideas so submitted some average ones. For example, the traditional number cakes (like, number 8 for an eight year old) were NZ themed only because they had NZ lollies like pineapple lumps or milk bottles on them. A bit lazy Rob! But the good ones are great. The sheep on the front cover is my favourite, he also does a kiwi face, kiwifruit, NZ stamp, all sorts. They're pretty impressive, I'm glad I bought it.

Couldn't agree LESS with Stephanie's review. I assume when she says ‘read-roll icing’ she means fondant. Fondant is a commonly used icing, used to get the kind of result regular buttercream could not. You certainly CAN make it yourself if you want to, but the commonly sold type in NZ (pettinice) is known worldwide as being very high quality. So most people don't bother making their own, it's very cheap to buy (less than six bucks a pack at countdown, which will cover a cake with leftovers) and you get a guaranteed great result. There's no way you can get such professional looking character cakes without it. Besides, loads of the cakes have what he refers to as soft icing (buttercream), or a mixture of both. Sorry Stephanie, but your view was a bit odd… I think you'll find pro novelty cake decorators use fondant a great deal. If you're worried about stifling your culinary creativity, then copying someone elses ideas would be a bit strange anyway…?

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
"Beautiful Cake Decorating for Dummies!"
5 stars"
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This book was everything and MORE than I expected. As a creatively challenged person – I found the instructions super easy to follow and actually came out with a cake that looked like the picture – I know amazing right? Perhaps the BEST thing is that it's written by a Kiwi – you know what that means, we can actually access the ingredients! Pure Gold!!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Cake decorating made easy! but didnt really show you how to make it! great ideas though

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Kiwis demand Kiwi party cakes - and Rob Burns's inspired and witty designs are Kiwi to the last delicious crumb, featuring easy-to-bake cakes. With scrumptious tips and treats and tantalising tricks of the trade, even the most basic cook will be able to create memorable cakes for memorable occasions.

Say goodbye to doom and gloom and say hello to comfort food, cake and candy, chocolate and cherries disguised as jandals, rugby boots, Buzzy Bees and football jerseys … and get ready to get creative, because with this book you'll finally be able to have your cake and eat it too.

About the Author:

Rob Burns is a leading chef and the owner of Rob's Patisserie in the heart of Ponsonby, famous for his amazing occasion cakes. Charlie Smith is the celebrated food photographer behind the superb French Cafe Cookbook, and food editor and writer Jane Turner is coordinating the project.

Release date NZ
June 16th, 2010
Photographs by Charlie Smith
Country of Publication
New Zealand
HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
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