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Cake Decorating for the First Time Paperback – 27 Jun 2005


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; New edition edition (27 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402717237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402717239
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,718,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For 30 years Jaynie Maxfield has been testing recipes, experimenting with colours and textures, and delighting clients in America with her stunning, imaginative, often whimsical, and always delicious creations. Maxfieled's fine cakes and her company, Ambrosia Exquisite Wedding Cakes, have been featured in American Bride magazines. She has been recognised for her unique sense of style, wit, and especially for her use of colour. Her cakes are centerpieces at weddings throughout Utah. She also mentors, teaches and travels. Mostly, she indulges her passion for the science of baking and the art of cake design.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Just like the title says. 9 Jan 2008
By B. Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cake Decorating for the 1st Time, is a neatly and creatively pieced together book. While the last few pages contains a colorful catalog of some of Jaynie's work, be aware this book's focus is far from wowing you with many pictures of cakes that are far beyond your skill level or with no instructions. Jaynie goes into detailed, step by step instructions in each chapter telling the novice just how to decorate a cake with simple and short, yet precise directions. Each step comes with near flawless color photography guiding the reader along. The meat of the book covers many tips and tricks used by the pros that can easily be mastered by us mere mortals; such as how to make fondant, ganache, how to decorate a bundt cake, or how to make gum paste as well as some suggestions as to what to do with each; while the first bit of the book goes over tools of the trade, again accompanied with photographs.
At the start of each chapter, the reader is provided with a list of ingredients and other supplies that will be needed to complete the chapter's project, which is what each chapter basically is.
Quite simple and concise, yet wonderfully decorative Cake Decorating really does make decorating your cake like the pro's a breeze. At this low price (at least at the time of this review) I'd recommend purchasing Cake Decorating for the 1st Time if you are new to cake decorating and looking to go the next mile.
Here's wishing you well on your baking endeavors.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
good but needs some proofing 13 Feb 2006
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For most things, the instructions are clear and easy to follow- great for learning the basics. However, something is wrong with the chocolate cake recipe. It tells you add 1/4 CUP cinnamon (although the picture shows what looks like a 1 tsp) and no where in the directions does it tell you to add sugar. This is the only mistake I've found so far, but I haven't tried everything yet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cake Decorating for the first time 7 Aug 2012
By Mineko Wing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Awesome awesome book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to bake. The tips are great and the illustrations super. A great find I will be using it a lot. Thank you.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Cake Decorating for the first time 3 April 2011
By Jauquetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is grim! Well, I own all kinds of cake books and teach it as well. I am always on the look out for books to help my students. THIS IS A WASTE OF YOUR MONEY! It is as though it were done by several people. The cover photo is lovely, inside is very amaturish. The second cake picture in the book looks good; at first, then upon inspection, you see the sides are bowed. Fourth cake has real daisies just stuck into the cake willy-nilly. We all know how funky daisies smell (even though they are charming), do you want that taste in your frosting, do you really want to eat them? Yuck! The cake used in the table of contents is another grim job. It has these blobs with protruding points all over it. Her topsy-turvy cake is just plain awkward looking. Her cholate dipped strawberries are sad and awful. Then you see the cake on 103 and again, it's done by someone else; too well done to be hers! Never have I ever seen anyone spraying down a table and loading it up with powdered sugar to facilitate rolling out fondant. A great way to dry it out in a hurry. Buy Toba Garret's books or Nicolas Lodge's books, you will get real help and not learn bad habits.
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