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post #2791 of 22012
Is anyone going to squires this weekend?
post #2792 of 22012
has any got the cake decorating magazine yet? is it any good?
post #2793 of 22012
^^^Been wondering the same. Saw the ad about the magazine along with all the Freebies being just 99p. That sounds tempting, but I read on their Wall on FB that there is actually a weekly subscription fee which when added all up for the year is not exactly cheap.

I'd like to know what others think of it.
post #2794 of 22012
Iasked my locol newsagent could i get it from him.he told me that a lot of shops wont get them in as a lot of thme right off.e time the freebies dont arrive.put
post #2795 of 22012
Hi Everyone,

I haven't read the whole thread (!!) but I just wanted to say hello. I made my first post yesterday. I'm from the UK and a total beginner to decorating/icing, although not a total beginner to baking.

The different names for the different types of icing is very confusing if you're not talking to someone from the UK!!


As for the magazine - I bought it a few days ago after seeing it in my local Tesco. Bought it mainly for the cute butterfly cutters. First issue is 99p, after that the issues are £2.99. It's a weekly mag so if you subscribe and get it delivered you'll be paying £12 a month! But you also get extra freebies for being a subscriber. But the freebies seem to be things a baker should own anyway (piping bags and nozzles).

It looks fun, nice pictures if you struggle to come up with your own ideas, but whether it's value for money in the long term I have no idea! The recipes and ideas in there are very basic - so probably only looks interesting if you're a real beginner to baking and decorating.
post #2796 of 22012
Hi guys, me again. Does anybody have a fruitcake recipe that they swear by? My step-dad's Mum wants me to do her a birthday cake and she wants it to be fruit.

Thank you!

Colena
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post #2797 of 22012
Hi guys - just wanted to say regarding that baking magazine.

I just made the sweet biscuit recipe and it was a nightmare. Its not the way I'd usually make biscuits, but I followed the recipe and the dough was very sloppy. I ended up adding another 50g of flour to it, and after it came from the fridge, I had to use a lot of flour to roll it out.

They do taste good - but I'll be sticking to my tried and tested way in future.

But wondering whether all the recipes are this bad...?? Has anyone from the magazine tested them?!
post #2798 of 22012
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Originally Posted by New-Baker

Hi Everyone,

I haven't read the whole thread (!!) but I just wanted to say hello. I made my first post yesterday. I'm from the UK and a total beginner to decorating/icing, although not a total beginner to baking.

The different names for the different types of icing is very confusing if you're not talking to someone from the UK!!


As for the magazine - I bought it a few days ago after seeing it in my local Tesco. Bought it mainly for the cute butterfly cutters. First issue is 99p, after that the issues are £2.99. It's a weekly mag so if you subscribe and get it delivered you'll be paying £12 a month! But you also get extra freebies for being a subscriber. But the freebies seem to be things a baker should own anyway (piping bags and nozzles).

It looks fun, nice pictures if you struggle to come up with your own ideas, but whether it's value for money in the long term I have no idea! The recipes and ideas in there are very basic - so probably only looks interesting if you're a real beginner to baking and decorating.



I personally think that the whole magazine thing is a total waste of money. There will be nothing new in them or that you wouldn't be able to find here or other cake sites and youtube.
As for the freebies they are not really and again would be of better quality and cheaper to buy elsewhere . The magazine is just cashing in on the new craze for baked goods. And yes maybe a beginner will be attracted to them but the costs will probably put most off eventually and they will probably just end up gathering dust on a shelf.
Save your money I say.
post #2799 of 22012
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Originally Posted by Rosiepan

Quote:
Originally Posted by New-Baker

Hi Everyone,

I haven't read the whole thread (!!) but I just wanted to say hello. I made my first post yesterday. I'm from the UK and a total beginner to decorating/icing, although not a total beginner to baking.

The different names for the different types of icing is very confusing if you're not talking to someone from the UK!!


As for the magazine - I bought it a few days ago after seeing it in my local Tesco. Bought it mainly for the cute butterfly cutters. First issue is 99p, after that the issues are £2.99. It's a weekly mag so if you subscribe and get it delivered you'll be paying £12 a month! But you also get extra freebies for being a subscriber. But the freebies seem to be things a baker should own anyway (piping bags and nozzles).

It looks fun, nice pictures if you struggle to come up with your own ideas, but whether it's value for money in the long term I have no idea! The recipes and ideas in there are very basic - so probably only looks interesting if you're a real beginner to baking and decorating.



I personally think that the whole magazine thing is a total waste of money. There will be nothing new in them or that you wouldn't be able to find here or other cake sites and youtube.
As for the freebies they are not really and again would be of better quality and cheaper to buy elsewhere . The magazine is just cashing in on the new craze for baked goods. And yes maybe a beginner will be attracted to them but the costs will probably put most off eventually and they will probably just end up gathering dust on a shelf.
Save your money I say.



I agree. Buying the first one for 99p and getting 2 cutters was cool. But for £2.99 its a rip off. The recipes aren't great and like I said earlier, the freebies should be stuff bakers have anyway. The only thing I liked was the cake ideas - but you can look at thousands of cake pictures online for free.
post #2800 of 22012
New Baker.
I forgot to say Hi and welcome to the thread.I agree with you about the language thing, when I joined here I was totally bemused and confused by the different names for the things we use in common.One of our cousins thought I was on about modelling paste when I said sugarpaste. I still have probs calling it fondant as I see fondant as pouring icing and I cannot bring myself to call a football a soccer ball LOL! But you soon learn the lingo. I remember ages ago seeing an article about American/British equivelents in weights and products . Not sure if it was here but I think we could do with a sticky on it.
Anyway if you really need to know anything just ask and someone here will help out, usually Bashini as she is a mine of information and links . She is really helpful and full of good adviceas you have already seen. Other than that Google is your friend.
post #2801 of 22012
Thanks Rosiepan

I've already met some nice members who have been kind enough to answer my frustratingly basic questions! icon_smile.gif

I've never done anything so practical or creative - I'm from an academic background. But I'm going to have a go at decorating the things I bake. I've always admired people who can make their kids special birthday cakes etc. and theres nobody in my family who does anything like this. So I'm going to give it a go.

I can bake. Whether I can decorate...we'll see.
post #2802 of 22012
New-Baker, welcome to the thread! icon_biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by yummymummycupcakes

Hi guys, me again. Does anybody have a fruitcake recipe that they swear by? My step-dad's Mum wants me to do her a birthday cake and she wants it to be fruit.

Thank you!

Colena



Hi Colena, I use Mich Turner's Fruit cake. Its so delicious and very moist. I have tried Lindy Smith's fruit cake, it lovely but a bit dry to my liking. I also have seen lot of bakers use Delia Smith's fruit cake and they swear by it. icon_smile.gif
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post #2803 of 22012
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Originally Posted by idontknow

hi all,

i'm wondering about wedding cake stands...i can only find the napier 14" stand in silver and gold here...the US has sooo many other nicer options like this http://www.webstaurantstore.com/tabletop-classics-ac-88516-ornate-nickel-plated-round-cake-stand-16/810AC88516.html?utm_source=NexTag&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=NexTag+Campaign. have any of you found nice stands available in the uk?




Hi, I was just wondering if you managed to find any other good cake stands? I'm also looking for porcelain cake stands, this kind of thing (http://www.peggyporschen.com/service.html), any idea where I could find one thats not too expensive?

Also, does anyone substitute baking fat for butter in their cake recipes?

Thanks,
Becky
post #2804 of 22012
I use baking fat instead of butter so long as it is block form and is 70% fat, purely because it is a third of the price of butter.

I too want to know about stands!
post #2805 of 22012
Hi guys! Im from the UK too icon_smile.gif Havent been on cake central 'properly' for a long time.

I often used to get really confused by the American terms so im glad to see a UK thread!

Im hoping if I can subscribe to the thread I can keep up with you guys! and hopefully share problems/tips etc.

xxx
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