The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating (Paperback)
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Cake decorating has never been more fun—or easier! The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating has all the instruction you need to create beautiful cakes for any occasion.
This clearly organized resource for all levels is like having a cake decorating workshop in a book. Discover useful tips for embellishing with buttercream, royal icing, fondant, gum paste, and more. The easy-to-follow instructions and 1,000-plus photos include techniques for piping, string work, creating and shaping a variety of flowers, molding chocolate, and adding patterns with stencils.
Learn every facet of baking and embellishing with clear photos on almost every page. Let cake pro Autumn Carpenter show you how to create striking florals, borders, and accents with silicone molds, hand modeling, pastry tips, cookie cutters, and more. Take your skills up a notch and wrap a cake in chocolate, make decorations with isomalt, and use gum paste for quilling. Try new techniques with confidence, and get inspired by a gallery of colorful ideas for holiday cakes, birthday cakes, children’s cakes, wedding cakes, and special occasion cakes.
This detailed book includes:
- Cake preparation and baking basics
- Recipes for fillings and icings
- Ideas and instruction for decorating cupcakes
- Piping techniques for making lifelike and fantasy flowers, eye-catching borders, distinctive lettering, and more
- Instructions for creating appealing accents like beading, ropes, and lace using fondant and gum paste
- Key decorating tools and how to use them
- Techniques for incorporating airbrushing, edible frosting, and chocolate molding for one-of-a-kind designs
With this comprehensive guide you can get started today making your own unique cakes!
The Complete Photo Guide series includes all the instruction you need to pursue your creative passion. With hundreds of clear photos, detailed step-by-step directions, handy tips, and inspirational ideas, it’s easy and fun to try new projects and techniques and take your skills to the next level.
About the Author
Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Autumn Carpenter is a nationally known confectionery artist, author, and demonstrator. She has published several books, including The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating, The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating, and Decorating Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. She demonstrates annually at the I.C.E.S. (International Cake Exploration Societe) and travels across the United States, sharing the craft of cake decorating and other confectionery arts. Autumn is co-owner of Country Kitchen SweetArt, a retail cake and candy supply store that has been in her family for over 45 years. The business caters to walk-in store sales, catalog sales, and an online store, shopcountrykitchen.com. Autumn has developed her own line of useful tools and equipment for cake decorating and cookie decorating, and sells them online and in many cake and candy supply stores throughout the United States and in several other countries. Her cakes and products have been featured in numerous publications and magazines, including American Cake Decorating and Cake Central.
"Sugar artist Carpenter (All About Candy Making) perfectly explains her book: 'If you are a beginning decorator, this book will serve as a step-by-step course in cake decorating. If you are an experienced or professional decorator, this book will quickly become your go-to guide when seeking out new techniques.' This is an all-inclusive look at how to make a stunning cake from start to finish. Organized in easy-to-browse sections, it takes readers through the process from preparation, tools, and recipes; to decorating techniques and templates; to extras to make your projects special; to a gallery of designs for inspiration. The numerous photographs are not only visually appealing but educational, and add to the quality of this exceptional work. Essential for anyone interested in baking and decorating cakes." - Library Journal