Originally Posted by New-Baker
I haven't read the whole thread (!!) but I just wanted to say hello. I made my first post yesterday. I'm from the UK and a total beginner to decorating/icing, although not a total beginner to baking.
The different names for the different types of icing is very confusing if you're not talking to someone from the UK!!
As for the magazine - I bought it a few days ago after seeing it in my local Tesco. Bought it mainly for the cute butterfly cutters. First issue is 99p, after that the issues are £2.99. It's a weekly mag so if you subscribe and get it delivered you'll be paying £12 a month! But you also get extra freebies for being a subscriber. But the freebies seem to be things a baker should own anyway (piping bags and nozzles).
It looks fun, nice pictures if you struggle to come up with your own ideas, but whether it's value for money in the long term I have no idea! The recipes and ideas in there are very basic - so probably only looks interesting if you're a real beginner to baking and decorating.
I personally think that the whole magazine thing is a total waste of money. There will be nothing new in them or that you wouldn't be able to find here or other cake sites and youtube.
As for the freebies they are not really and again would be of better quality and cheaper to buy elsewhere . The magazine is just cashing in on the new craze for baked goods. And yes maybe a beginner will be attracted to them but the costs will probably put most off eventually and they will probably just end up gathering dust on a shelf.
Save your money I say.