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Sweet celebrations

Taking cupcakes to the next level - and to stratospheric ones at that - Elise Strachan, creator and host of My Cupcake Addiction one of Australia's most widely-viewed online baking shows, is now ready to share even more recipes and tips with her fans and readers.

Fasten your seatbelts for a wild, yet sweet, ride through all things sugary and decadent, fun and fantastic.

Quite rightly Elise starts this book with celebrations - balloon cake pops, cookie bunting flags, ice cream bowls - you get the idea. Then there are more intimate ones - for your lover – such as the huge M&M encased chocolate mosaic cake, or conversation heart pinata cookies. 

Elise Strachan somehow manages to cover it all in this richly illustrated book. There is a 'spring fling' chapter, recipes for a tea for two, scarey Halloween notions, rustic-inspired ccakes (tree stump cake, anyone?) and of course the end-of-year holidays.

Best of all, nothing is held back. With the generosity that sweet dishes demand, the author shares her tricks and tips with basic icings and creams, ways to tame chocolate, even templates for some of her own cookie shapes, as well as what tools she favours, and which ingredient she stocks in her sweet-lovin' pantry.

A book every bit as delicious to browse as to use, my guess is that, after time, this book will be an indispensible favourite on most people's kitchen cookbook shelves.


Sweet Celebrations, by Elise Strachan, published by Murdoch Books, November 2016, hardcover, fully illustrated, rrp A$39.99. ISBN 978 17433 69197.

- reviewed by Sally Hammond


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