Having a long-time obsession with fondant, sprinkles, cupcake liners and ganache, it was with much anticipation that I carefully inked in the Lifestyle Food Channel-arrival of the television version of Planet Cake, taking 3D to a whole new level. Propped up on the couch with my similarly-obsessed 11-year-old daughter, we pressed our hands together in pink glee at the glamorous, be-sugared creations pouring forth from the tele.
Wowzers – Paris Cutler and her multi-national, multi-talented team are a clever bunch . . . carving, daubing, slathering and dusting 3-dimensional creations into edible works of art so beautiful, they should be encased in glass, not divvied-up and shovelled down the gullet.
It was also with much glee that I slid Cutler’s most recent book from its coverings – in heightened anticipation of the glory within. Planet Cake’s latest book is a celebration of celebrations . . . basically, any excuse to whip up a cake, from baby showers to kids’ parties and fund raising drives.
This is a much simpler collection for avid cake-makers – probably too much so. Most of the creations – all cupcake – are bordering basic, and while I realise the content is probably aimed at beginners, I’m not so sure anyone keen for a Planet Cake-making challenge wouldn’t at least have some pre-existing knowledge on how to roll and cut fondant. Honestly, I wanted these creations to challenge, surprise and inspire me to rush out and whip up a cupcake batch, post-haste – but instead, I just went and made a cup of tea. [Read more…]