I absolutely love this book. It does not have pages and pages of pictures of finished cakes. It enables you to develop your skills by showing how to carry out a particular task. It has everything for anyone serious about cakes. It is such an easy book to read and the instructions are crystal clear. It's also aimed predominantly at the UK market, which makes sourcing stuff a lot easier.
It starts right from the beginning as to what tools you need, shaping cakes, recipe for cakes and icing, shaping, using cutters and moulds, colouring icing, tempering chocolate, etc right down to the designing and packaging of cakes. I could go on and on (and on!).
It is split into eight chapters that are each jam-packed with lots of information under the headings: Getting started, covering the cake, piping, colouring, sugarcraft techniques, basic modelling, making flowers, and chocolate.
I make cakes for a living and I've struggled to find an up-to-date book so much information. I'm not a fan of crimped icing, and there's none in this book! I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to a novice and experienced baker alike. An exceptionally modern book at a bargain price.