Every once in a while a book comes along that I absolutely fall in love with. Dessert Designer: Creations You Can Make and Eat! is one of those books. I’m not the most creative person around. That title goes to my mom and blogging partner, Laura. What I can do is follow directions, so a book like Dessert Designer is exactly what I need. Inside the book are 51 fun creations, many of which are easy enough for kids or people like me. Each project includes big beautiful images and step by step instructions. Dessert Designer focuses on the best part of baking — decorating!
Instantly I fell in love with the Candy Shake project. I’ve been eating holiday M&M’s like they are going out of style and knew right away they could be used for this adorable candy treat. Now is the perfect time to make this, because you probably still have some candy cane sticks from Christmas stashed away. These candy shakes would be adorable as party place cards. I also think the colors make it perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat.
Here’s what you need to make the Candy Shake:
pink, white, and brown candies
1 red candy
One of the first couple of pages includes a Decorator’s Toolbox, basically everything you need to complete these projects and more. I noticed a few things that I don’t currently have in my arsenal and will be sure to pick them up. The ideas in this book are simply put… genius. The author, Dana Meachen Rau, has magically transformed everyday foods and ingredients into edible works of art. Some of my favorites include the ‘Glitzy Armadillo’ cupcakes and ‘Spacey Treats’ cookie pops.
I highly recommend this book for both experienced and novice food designers. This book takes dessert decorating to the MAX! I know you’re going to love it. Dessert Designer by Dana Meachen Rau will be available to purchase on February 1, 2012. You can pre-order a copy of Dessert Designer online from Capstone Young Readers for just $12.95.
Did someone mention a giveaway?
One lucky About A Mom reader will win the fabulous prize package pictured above, including: a copy of Dessert Designer, six colorful nesting bowls, and a spatula! Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada, and ends on February 2, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!
This giveaway has ended.
* About a Mom received a copy Dessert Designer to review.