Naked Cakes: Simply Beautiful Handmade Creations

Author(s): Lyndel Miller

Cake Decor | Baking

Fondant haters, lazy bakers and time-poor hosts rejoice! These naked cakes are achievable, budget friendly and swoon worthy--and they provide an ideal opportunity to experiment with and display your individual creativity. Beautiful, rustic and organic in form, naked cakes are always tiered, with filling and frosting between layers but never on the outside--thus 'naked'...Within these pages you will find information on choosing a style of cake; how to make sweet fillings, butters and frostings as well as syrups; recipes for over a dozen base cakes including gluten-free and flourless options; a definitive listing of flavour profiles and combinations; beautiful cake toppers; and over a dozen assembled cakes for different occasions...Author, stylist and cook, Lyndel Miller, also explains how to decorate your cakes with edible fresh and sugared flowers and fruits. Beautifully styled inspiration spreads show you how to set the scene for special occasions such as a baby shower, a simple eco wedding, a Mexican- inspired fiesta and a 'Bohemian dessert party' using handmade decorations such as garlands and bunting. All with stunning naked cakes as the centrepiece, of course!


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Lyndel Miller is a commercial and editorial still life, interiors and food stylist, food styling being her greatest passion. Raised between a quintessential seventies home and the commercial kitchen of her family's cafe business, she has an all-consuming affection for cooking and entertaining in all its delicate and delicious detail. Lyndel was coauthor with Skye Craig of Wild Sugar Desserts published in 2012. Naked Cakes is her second book and a total embodiment of her spirit, style and love of beautifying the edible...

CHAPTERS/STRUCTURE Part One: The cakes WHERE TO START Choosing a cake (some thoughts on combinations and choosing to suit your taste and theming ) HAVE YOUR CAKE recipes : a choice of 12 fabulous base cakes to work with-would include gluten free and flourless options SWEET CENTRES: frostings, creams, butters and other-a choice of 24 NAKED CAKES A selection of approx. 12 hero cakes for different occasions (these cakes are becoming favorites for weddings, for example) FLAVOUR COMBINATIONS: Flavour combinations to consider (the cake plus frosting plus topping ): * vanilla /strawberry buttercream * strawberries ! chocolate / spiced buttercream / mixed berries * expresso /mocha cream /blackberries * champagne / rose buttercream / mixed roses * lemon / vanilla WC buttercream / white and lemon roses * black pepper / fresh cream and strawberry jam / raspberries/ flowers * vanilla /lemon curd honey cream / elderflower * cardamon cake / expresso cream/ paper flowers * carrot / orange buttercream /orange segments/edible flowers * coconut / blueberry buttercream / edible flowers and berries * Some other flavours to mix and match: Blueberry / Blackberry / Strawberry / Raspberry / Gooseberry / Lychee / Succulents / Pear Compote / Spiced Apple / Fig/ Mango / Candied citrus / Pistachio! ! Part Two: Decoration EDIBLE FLOWERS: Cakes are often if not always garnished/decorated with edible flowers so a chapter on these is a must. This would include images and/or illustrations (Lyndel is an an artist/illustrator) of the most common Australian and European varieties. FRUIT: A visual 'how to' section showing the technique of segmenting fruit for display.This technique would be used on one of the hero cakes SWEET BLOOMS : Sugared flowers. A visual 'how to section' showing the technique of making. This technique would be used on one of the hero cakes Part Three: Setting the scene (styling for an event featuring naked cake) This section is about the little styling details you add to make your event- and cake-sharing something special and crowd pleasing. * Paper Flowers A visual how to section or chapter. Paper flowers in many and varied varieties and their applications (see attached reference shot). Paper flowers can be used for installations, cake toppers, decorations, gift wrapping, in vases... and made out of crepe paper, tissue paper, serviettes, newspaper, and gift wrap. Paper garlands and bunting - big and small ones for cake toppers and decorations for celebrations! Paper chandelier: this makes for a stunning centre piece over any celebratory table. POTENTIAL LIFESTYLE FEATURES: Four lifestyle shots positioned through the book of different themed occasions /weddings/events using the elements in the book. Please excuse the quality of these random reference shots. The author has talent willing to be involved in this type of shoot. The lifestyle shoots could be a wedding lifestyle shoot, another a children's party and another a birthday. All with different executions and locations...

General Fields

  • : 9781743365342
  • : Murdoch Books Pty Limited
  • : Murdoch Books
  • : April 2015
  • : 254mm X 210mm
  • : Australia
  • : July 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lyndel Miller
  • : Hardback
  • : 815
  • : English
  • : 641.8653
  • : 272