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I was at a bookstore and as I was perusing the "Generic Book" section, I came across this gem of a find and I am lovin' this to no end! And for the price, it really was a steal; you're not going to get a book with this much instruction, for such a incredible price. The company that published this, did a homerun on this one.
While I would recommend this to someone who has some solid cake skills under their belt, this would still make a wonderful gift for a novice, providing that they would understand that it would take some time and patience to imitate the bigger projects shown. The book does start out with a section for newbees, so once you have those skills comfortable, there are other projects to attempt.
It's a good-sized book, about 9' x 11' in size, and its packed with 239 pages of instruction, projects, and ideas. Everything is light and bright with pastel shades as well as the neutral tones, for all the projects. (If you're looking for something edgy and different, then this would not be for you, and I would suggest other books). The photography is crisp and clear. The instruction is straight forward, and there are coordinating photo tutorials, though it is not step-by-step process, so this is where some skill sets already understood would help, but hey, don't let it steer you away........you'll get it with a little patience.
There are basically 4 chapters: Easy, Experienced, and Expert, along with a chapter on the "Mechanics" of how to decorate cakes.
Though there are many beautiful projects within each section, here is a hint of some of the highlights:
The "Easy" section starts with covering those big cookies with quilted fondant, and how to decorate cupcakes, to increasing efforts in learning how to make macaroons and macaroon cakes, to a lovely 5-tier, frosted, coconut-flaked wedding cake. My 2 favorite projects within this chapter were the 4-color layer cake covered in fondant with pastel polka dots, and the project that shows you how to use chocolate transfer sheets.
The "Experienced" chapter takes you through a gorgeous 2-tiered pastel pink cake with delicate cherry blossoms cascading on the sides, to a delicate white cake that has a pink embroidered cover called "Broderie Anglaise". The "Minty Flocked Wedding Cake" was a real knockout and shows you how to use stencils to get a gorgeous stenciled look for a mint green and white square wedding cake!
The "Expert" chapter was the a combination of everything and then some: embroidered cakes, petit fours, etc with an absolutely stunning cake of one perfect sugarpaste magnolia atop a single-tier, round cake that has a base with 5 rows of "pearls"......wow!
The books ends with "The Mechanics" which guides you through the actual construction of cakes and cookies and such with the basics such as recipes, prepping the cakes, stacking the cakes, how to cover them, frostings, icings, piping, making bows and the gumpaste, etc. Patterns for the projects are also included.
So if you're looking for something really awesome, really delicate but fun, and very reasonable in price, then you've hit the motherlode. This would be a great gift for that cake decorating groupie, especially if they enjoy projects in the vein of Zoe Clarke, Peggy Porschen, etc.