Cake My Day Book Review With Help from Sweetworks (plus a Giveaway) #CakeMyDay

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Cake My Day Book Review

Title: Cake My Day

Author: Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

Genre: Cookbooks

Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Release Date: March 24, 2015

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 304 pages

About the Book:

The New York Times bestselling authors of Hello, Cupcake! take geniusity to the next level, with bigger, bolder, better creations for every occasion

Those cupcaking geniuses, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, are back, this time with bigger canvases and bolder creations. Everything that can be done with a cupcake can be done better with a cake—with a twelfth of the effort and loads more wow power, using everyday pans, bowls, and even measuring cups.

Turn a round cake into Swiss cheese and Brie, and it’s April Fool’s! Simply press candy into frosting for an argyle pattern or use one of the easy new decorating techniques to produce wood grain for a guitar cake. Whether you’re a kitchen klutz or a master decorator, you can transform a loaf cake into a retro vacuum cleaner for Mom or bake a cake in a bowl for a rag doll. Need a piñata for a birthday party? Bake the batter in a measuring cup. Or skip the baking altogether, buy a pound cake, and fashion it into a work boot for Dad or a high-top sneaker.

You won’t believe these creations aren’t the real thing—and they’re so stunning you’ll have to make them!

Pre-order at hellocupcakebook.com/contest and enter for the chance to win a $250 Giveaway for the book and Sweetworks candy, along with other goodies.

My Review:

First, let me say that the photos in Cake My Day are simply stunning!!  I could flip through it over and over again just to see all the clever cake ideas the authors present.  In addition, there are really helpful tips on making a good foundation cake, including how to ensure an even surface, how to reduce crumbs, etc.  There are even some cakes that can be made with store-bought pound cake, in case you’re not too confident in your own baking skills.

Many of the cakes throughout the book feature Sweetworks candy.  Sweetworks is recognized worldwide as a leader in premium confections with five premier brands including Sixlets, Celebration by Sweetworks, Niagara Chocolates, Ovation and Oak Leaf.

Inspired by the Polynesian Flower Cake, I decided to try my hand at decorating a beautiful cake.  Here’s my inspiration:

cake my day book reviewIsn’t it gorgeous?

First, I started with the tips on how to dress up a cake mix.  I don’t want to give anything away, so let me just say that it made the fluffiest, yummiest yellow cake I have ever tasted!!

I made my own frosting, as it is much less expensive than canned frosting and so easy to make!!  But the authors have tips on dressing up canned frosting, also.

Next, I wrapped the cake tight and put it in the freezer for 3o minutes.  While the cake was firming up, I started tinting the frosting.  Willow and I had planned to do green frosting, for a “meadow” theme which we would then dot with candy flowers (from Sweetworks, of course).  However, we didn’t have enough green coloring to make the amount of frosting we needed.  So we added in a little bit of aqua.  The color we achieved was gorgeous, but funky.  We had to change our decorating strategy.

I surrounded the bottom of the cake in Shimmer Lime Green and White Sixlets.  Willow freehand sketched the giant flower with a toothpick.  She filled in the center with orange and white Sixlets, then used the Spring Mix Sixlets to line the petals.  Finally we sprinkled on some Pastel Flowers Sweet Shapes to finish the effect.

cake my day book reviewWhat do you think?

Now you can enter for the chance to win a hard copy of Cake My Day plus $35 worth of Sweetworks candy to help you achieve your perfect cake (a $50 value).  I am one of 25 blogs participating in this blog hop, so after you enter this giveaway, scroll down to the linky, check out the cakes, and enter the other blogger’s giveaways also.  25 blogs means 25 winners!!

108 Replies to “Cake My Day Book Review With Help from Sweetworks (plus a Giveaway) #CakeMyDay”

  1. I learned a lot about icing cakes just from the excerpt. Imagine what I could learn with a book.

  2. The flower sweet shapes are just too cute! You did a really nice job with your cake!! I love the full color photos and all the instructions and tips this HUGE book gives!!

  3. I love how it gives easy instructions to use a pound cake or box mix…it doesn’t have to be all from scratch!

  4. I love using the candy to design the cake! Makes is much easier for someone who cannot draw at all!!

  5. I like that it includes colorful illustrations of the cakes and that you can create the confections with everyday kitchen tools. Thanks.
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  7. I would say the pictures. I love to look at them. I can’t seem to make mine turn out like them. the kids love all the candy!

  8. I learned that you don’t need any special equipment to be able to create these cakes. All you need is already in your kitchen.

  9. What I love most is that it gives great advice about how to decorate basic cakes and make them super beautiful!

  10. I love how they make cake decorating fun and achievable, using candy for decorations is something i’ve done, and i love their fresh designs.

  11. i love the fact that now i can decorate cakes and feel great about what i can do with this grt book

  12. I like that there is great variety in the audiences, such as the Timberland cake would be great for men, or the monster cake would be cute for a boy’s birthday or Halloween.

  13. I love that the book has a section for pre made pound cakes. I love to decorate cakes for birthday and holidays. I have my fingers crossed for this.

  14. I like the pictures of the beautiful cakes and the creative decorating ideas. This is would a lovely giveaway to win!

  15. I’d love to learn how to make funny cakes. I also LOVE your rabbit cake above.
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  16. The pictures are the best feature to me! I like baking but I could never pull off these gorgeous designs. I’d love to try though!

  17. I love that you can use pre made pound cake for some of the cakes and cut out the baking and get right to decorating.

  18. I love how beautiful the cakes look all decorated. I also like how easy they make it to decorate each cake and that you can use premade cakes.

  19. I like that the recipes in the book, for the most part, don’t require fancy kitchen gadgets or pans.

  20. I love that there are great photos. I am the type that needs a good picture of what the end result is supposed to looks like.

  21. I like the Different ideas on cupcakes and that I can create a cupcake for anyone’s birthday no matter what their age! I like how they use Sara Lee pound cake in recipes.

  22. I like that they have a section for Sara lee pre made cake so you can concentrate on just decorating.

  23. I really like the various colorful photos. I’d like to be able to try and make one of those awesome looking cakes.

  24. I love the variety of looks that this book shows! I love throwing bday parties for my boys so this will give me more ideas!

  25. Like the things that you can win – like the OXO Good Grips tools – and it looks pretty easy to make, too.

  26. Not sure if you need this, but I commented on the post: Open Letter To My Mother-in-Law. Nice post, by the way!

  27. I love the original ideas in the book, like the Waffle House instead of a gingerbread house! I want to try that next Christmas. It looks so much better than a typical gingerbread house!

  28. Easy recipes, and the use of the Sara Lee pound cakes is genius. Makes it easy for everyone.

  29. I like the step by step instructions. I also like how easy it looks to decorate with candy.

  30. My sister makes a lot of cakes for friends parties, etc and like she can learn new designs using sixlets, etc

  31. I think that it’s interesting that the recipes and instructions only require every day bowls, pans and measuring cups according to the description. I think that’s great.

  32. The whlle book is amazing and I could learn a little about everything. The tinting layers section drew my attention. Thanks fo this giveaway.
    Carol L

  33. I like the easy and eye-popping designs of the cakes. Sometimes i get overwhelmed when it comes to thinking of ideas for cakes and how easy or hard it would be to create it. This looks very helpful.

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