I've mentioned before that I'm not a big lover of fondant icing/ready roll/sugarpaste or whatever you want to call it, but that's not why I wanted this book. I wanted it so that I could decorate cakes beautifully for people who do like it. There are lots of ideas in this book, not all of them to my taste but there is plenty to inspire you to create your own designs. I really like the look of the butterfly cascade and hope that one day I can recreate it. I looked through this book with my boyfriend and as he loves fondant, I had to hold the book at arms length to stop him drooling all over it! The first and so far only thing that I've made from this book are the 'Pretty in Pink' biscuits on page 94. I used Ruth's recipe for vanilla sugar cookies on page 30 and used a 9cm cutter for the biscuits. This biscuit recipe is easy and it makes loads of biscuits, I might have rolled some of them a bit thin but I managed to get about 24 biscuits out of the dough. Having to roll the dough between sheets of greaseproof paper and then chill is a bit of a faff but the biscuits turned out well and didn't spread too much. I recut each of them after baking to get perfect circles and of course I ate the trimmings, who wouldn't? I made these biscuits for my boyfriend's Mum as it was her birthday last week and he suggested that I try something relatively simple from Ruth's book. Mainly so he could do 'quality control' before giving them to her. I gave her 16 biscuits in the end because I didn't have enough icing to cover all of them, plus I wanted to eat a couple of plain ones and they are delicious for something so simple. I did have one with all the icing on as well and it was a bit too sweet for me.
The original plan was to pipe decorating icing (i.e. icing sugar and water) over indentations I made with a flower cutter as per Ruth's design. I thought I would be able to do it. I was wrong.