It's party time again and whether the celebration is a birthday, a seasonal family get-together, an anniversary or christening, the stunning projects featured will provide fun ideas for that special centrepiece. There are designs to delight children of all ages: animal lovers will adore the exotic tropical parrot, Indian elephant or chocolate porcupine; older children will be delighted with the glamorous mermaid or the sleek sailboat. For adults, there is a chocolate-iced basket filled with strawberries for Valentine's Day and a terracotta flower pot, complete with seed packets. For festive occasions there are bright designs for Christmas, Easter and Halloween. Fabulous cakes for all occasions, from birthdays and weddings to Christmas, Easter and everything inbetween. The cakes vary in complexity and use a variety of decorating techniques, but with precise instructions and clear step-by-step photographs all are within the capabilities of even the novice cake decorator. Each project features a full ingredients list and details equipment and materials needed. A handy back-up section features recipes for the classic sponge and fruit cake bases and delicious icings, frostings and popular cake coverings, including buttercream, marzipan, sugarpaste and royal icing.