I’ve decided to extend the term ‘cookbook’ to magazines, specifically to showcase this lovely collection. About a year ago, I became interested in improving my cake decorating skills, mainly to showcase my baking a little more effectively. After a bit of googling, I came across Cake Decorating. It’s a weekly magazine which you can either buy in most shops or subscribe to online. Because it had already been on the market for quite a while before I came across it, I chose to subscribe as this gave me the option to built my collection from the very first issue.Each issue contains several projects of varying degrees of difficulty and includes at least one piece of equipment. Currently there are 120 issues planned, as well as the occasional special edition.
While the decorating ideas definitely need practice and won’t all succeed with the first attempt (unless you’ve got crazy talent, of course), the instructions are all easy to follow and most steps are illustrated with photos. I’m also pleased that there is a fair variety of designs featured throughout the series, meaning that, although not every option will appeal to you, you’re almost certain to find something you’re interested in trying out.
The quality of the cover mounts has really surprised me. I’m very happy with them, especially the cutters and nozzles, and haven’t had any problems with them whatsoever. I have heard that people have received damaged items (e.g. bent cutters) but my items have never arrived in anything but perfect shape. Considering the price of the magazine, I really can’t complain.
Unfortunately, the Cake Decorating magazine isn’t vegan. This is usually easy to bypass if you know your way round your kitchen, but piping flowers with egg-less royal icing is where the fun stops. I’ve yet to find a way to do it, so be aware that some projects might not be as simple to realise as others. Having said that, eggless royal icing works perfectly well on biscuit decorations etc., so it’s not as big a limitation as you might think.
Collection binders and special editions are sent automatically with your subscription, but you may opt out of them by contacting the company.
Overall, I’m very happy with my Cake Decorating subscription and would really recommend it to anyone hoping to improve their decorating skills.
What’s your favourite foodie magazine?
Regular issues are priced at £2.99, while special editions cost £4.99.