Simple recipes for every occasion. In this book, Joanna Farrow provides over forty recipes for decorated cakes that will delight your friends and family. Homemade cakes are always popular, and cupcakes are no exception. Not only are they tasty and incredibly quick and easy to make, they also give you plenty of scope for decorating. They make ideal novelty cakes for kids' parties but are equally suitable for grown-up parties and special occasions like Christmas, Easter, and Mother's Day. Cupcakes keep well so you can make them in advance and keep a handy supply in the freezer or an airtight container until they are needed. If you don't have time to make any you can even buy plain, undecorated cupcakes and decorate them yourself. Within half an hour you can have a batch of beautifully presented cakes ready for guests or a hungry family. This easy-to-follow book covers: Four to six steps to make that perfect cupcake Different types of icing, from glace and buttercream to rolled fondant and writing with icing Decorating tips on using piping bags, cookie cutters, food coloring and edible decorations The average recipe makes six to twelve cupcakes and takes five minutes to prepare, decorating times vary depending on your choice and expertise.