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Botanical baking : contemporary baking and cake decorating with edible flowers and herbs / Juliet Sear.

By: Sear, Juliet.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Exeter, England : SewandSo, 2019Description: 143 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781446307397; 1446307395.Subject(s): Baking | Cake decorating | Plants, EdibleGenre/Form: Cookbooks.DDC classification: 641.86539 Summary: It's the prettiest trend in baking, and Sear shows how to use edible flowers and herbs to decorate your cakes and bakes. She shows how to select and use fresh edible flowers, as well as how to preserve them through drying, crystalising, pressing and suspending in sugar. Readers choose treats such as a cupcake wreath, a floral krispie cake topper, and even edible faux frames topped with pressed flowers. -- Adapted from back cover and perusal of book.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Learn how to perfect the prettiest trend in cake decorating - using edible flowers and herbs to decorate your cakes and bakes - with this impossibly beautiful guide from celebrity baker Juliet Sear. Learn what flowers are edible and great for flavour, how to use, preserve, store and apply them including pressing, drying and crystallising flowers and petals. Then follow Juliet step-by-step as she creates around 20 beautiful botanical cakes that showcase edible flowers and herbs, including more top trends such as a confetti cake, a wreath cake, a gin and tonic cake, floral chocolate bark, a naked cake, a jelly cake, a letter cake and more.

It's the prettiest trend in baking, and Sear shows how to use edible flowers and herbs to decorate your cakes and bakes. She shows how to select and use fresh edible flowers, as well as how to preserve them through drying, crystalising, pressing and suspending in sugar. Readers choose treats such as a cupcake wreath, a floral krispie cake topper, and even edible faux frames topped with pressed flowers. -- Adapted from back cover and perusal of book.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 6)
  • How to Use this Book (p. 8)
  • About Edible Flowers (p. 10)
  • Storing and Preserving (p. 16)
  • Baking Basics (p. 22)
  • Sweet Treats (p. 32)
  • Lavender Biscuits (p. 34)
  • Iced Rings (p. 36)
  • Macarons (p. 38)
  • Meringue Lollies (p. 42)
  • Sugar Lollies (p. 46)
  • Dried Flowers Chocolate Bark (p. 48)
  • Cupcake Wreath (p. 50)
  • Ganache Trio (p. 54)
  • Chouxnuts (p. 60)
  • Floral Krispie Cake Topper (p. 64)
  • Just Desserts (p. 66)
  • Spring Flowers Bundt Cake (p. 68)
  • Gin and Tonic Cake Tails (p. 70)
  • Pistachio, Mint and Yoghurt Cake (p. 74)
  • Jelly and Cream Sponge Cake (p. 76)
  • Rose and Lychee Cake (p. 80)
  • Apple Blossom Loaf Cake (p. 84)
  • Ultimate Vegan Choc Cake (p. 86)
  • Celebration Cakes (p. 90)
  • Flowerfetti Inside Out Cake (p. 92)
  • Faux Flowerpot illusion Cakes (p. 96)
  • Orange and Almond Touch of Frosting' Cake (p. 100)
  • Buttercream Cactus Garden Cake (p. 104)
  • Butterfly Wildflower Meadow Cake (p. 108)
  • Lemon Cookie Monogram Cake (p. 112)
  • Bold Botanical Leaf Cake (p. 116)
  • Brushstrokes and Blooms Cake (p. 118)
  • Pressed Flower Faux Frames (p. 122)
  • Blousy Blooms Bunting Cake (p. 126)
  • Dried Flowers Watercolour Cake (p. 130)
  • Electro-pop Drip Cake (p. 134)
  • Templates (p. 138)
  • About the Author (p. 141)
  • Suppliers (p. 142)
  • Thanks (p. 142)
  • Index (p. 143)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

Sear's food styling background is apparent in this beautiful title featuring baked goods adorned with edible flowers and herbs. Stripping away the intimidation factor of creating such decorations, Sear guides readers with inviting, clear instructions through cakes, cookies, and candy that highlight botanicals such as rose petals, cornflowers, lemon verbena, and lavender. Introductory information on pressing and storing flowers and leaves, drying flowers, and baking basics gets home bakers up and running. Glorious creations are picture-perfect in Instagram-worthy selections such as fluffy Meringue Lollies, each monochromatically decorated; a three-layer Orange and Almond "Touch of Frosting" Cake showing home bakers that less cream cheese frosting is often more; and Dried Flowers Chocolate Bark, where hand-cracked shards of white chocolate showcase dried flowers in purple and yellow hues. Readers may do a double take at the Pressed Flower Faux Frames that look like wall art work but are a chocolate sponge framed in sugar paste. A Floral Krispie Cake Topper brings the cereal to new levels and is an ideal upgrade to candles. Templates for butterflies, letters, and numbers close the volume. Home bakers looking to up their decorating game will want to check out this eye-catching cookbook. (July)

Booklist Review

A new kind of professional has now entered the food business: cakeologist. Well known in the U.K. for her fanciful creations with edible blooms (she counts Prince Harry, Kate Moss, and Sir Ian McKellen among her customers), Sear offers 30 wares to U.S. bakers. None are snap-fingers easy; on the other hand, the spectacular results may well be worth the search for ingredients and the often-extensive labor involved. There's an illustrated dictionary of flower flavors upfront as well as very thorough directions for storing and preserving floral syrups and the like, prepping a cake (with step-by-step photographs), and cake basics, building on a very vanilla sponge cake laced with buttercream. Every treat (not all are cakes) features times for prep, chilling, and baking; equipment; exquisite color photographs; and instructions. And innovation rules: She uses Rice Krispies treats as 3D structural foundations for a cake topper. Experienced bakers will have a tough time choosing: sugar or meringue lollies? Rose and lychee cake or ultimate vegan chocolate cake? Flowerfetti inside out, or buttercream cactus garden? Sear, who's been highlighted in Martha Stewart Weddings, deserves a major hip! for her accomplishments.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2019 Booklist