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Compendium of Cake Decorating Techniques: 200 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets [Paperback]

Carol Deacon
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Book Description

5 Sep 2013
Tapping into the hottest trend in the cookery-as-craft market right now, this book is crammed with information on the art and craft of using fondant in cake decorating. Fondant is the most popular method in decorating trends because of its smooth surface, vivid colours, and chic finish. You can roll it, cut it out, model, it, and colour it. And author Carol Deacon shows you how. Decorated cupcakes are a favourite with adults and children, and this book is for you if you want to make vampire cakes for Halloween, or a cupcake tower adorned with cookie-cutter daisies, or give as gifts or favours adorable gum-paste animals or delicate ribbon-embellished porcelain-like flowers. Crammed with over 200 professional fixes, insider tips, and money-saving secrets, content is arranged by topic to enable any crafter to achieve a professional look to their cupcakes, cake pops, or celebration cakes.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844489361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844489367
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carol Deacon began cake decorating by accident when a friend asked her to make a birthday cake. The idea of combining creativity with model making and something that also tasted great really appealed to her. Early designs won her gold medals in competitions and even a car in an icing competition run by a food magazine. Carol left her then job in advertising and worked for a year at Jane Asher's cake shop in Chelsea, London. Carol then went freelance and as well as running a succesful wedding cake business and writing books, Carol has designed and written for many food and cake magazines and has demonstrated her edible artistic skills in the UK, abroad and on TV. Carol has just begun running classes. If you are interested, you can find details on Amazon's Carol Deacon Page under "events".

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We are all thinking of icing the Xmas cake and hence a plethora of cake decorating books hit the market. This is an all round book. The front cover gives you a fair idea of what is inside. Cakes of all descriptions, decorated in different ways. You'll find an amazing 300 tips, techniques and trade secrets within the pages of this book. It is not a massive tome, merely a 160 page paperback. The book starts with Cake Basics, where you'll find equipment and tools you need, cake recipes for square and round tins including pound, chocolate and fruit cakes. There are also many very useful tips in this section. Do you know how to add extra moistness to a pound cake? Section 2 is all about fondant, its varieties and how to use them.This section is quite detailed. It goes from the basic covering a sponge cake to fantastic creations with stencils, writing, and fondant roses or characters. Section 3 is about the love of my life in cake decorating - buttercream. It includes how to make, cover a cake, create different finishes, piping and more. Did I say I love buttercream best? Section 4 is all about chocolate. Learn how to work with chocolate including tempering, ganache and decorating. This book also includes how to make and use templates, with some examples for you to use. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to make cakes. Or anyone who buys a shop bought one to decorate.-Welovefinefoods.co.uk This is quite simply fantastic. It's especially perfect if you have been watching The Great British Bake Off and you're suddenly itching to take your baking to the next level. It's so cute, so accessible if you haven't decorated a cake before, so useful and so challenging if you already decorate a lot, it's just such a perfect book. I couldn't stop looking at this when I received it from Search Press. It immediately answered a lot of my questions, such as if you can lay fresh flowers on a cake and how to do this, and how you will need more colouring for marzipan than fondant as it is not naturally white. Carol has split the book into four sections - Cake Basics, Fondant, Buttercream and Chocolate. At the end of the book are lots of templates for you to use to decorate your cakes. To give you an example of how technically useful this book will be - there is a chocolate cake, a fruit cake recipe and a pound cake in a table so you can adapt the ingredients for eight sizes of cake - especially useful if you are baking a wedding cake. She tells you exactly how to calculate the position of the dowels between a tiered wedding cake. She covers writing on fondant, moulds, cutters and crimpers and making fondant figures - an amazingly illustrated section of the book. Just simply adorable. In the buttercream section she covers piping animals and faces, frozen buttercream transfers and flowers. The Chocolate section covers tempering chocolate, ganache, making a chocolate lace bowl, chocolate cake pops and truffles.-sewingisforgirls.blogspot.com A great guide for the beginner and intermediate sugarcrafter alike, this comprehensive title contains over 300 professional fixes, insider tips and money-saving secrets to help improve your cake decorating techniques. Divided into four sections which cover cake basics, fondant, buttercream and chocolate, and with colour photography throughout, this is a helpful baker's bible to keep in your kitchen and refer to in moments of uncertainty.-Wedding Cakes We knew this was going to be a fabulous book after the well-detailed projects that Carol compiles for us each month, and we are not disappointed! It contains tips, techniques and trade secrets and is perfect for a beginner, but even more experienced cake decorators will find super tips they may not have been aware of previously.-Cake Craft & Decoration

About the Author

Carol Deacon has been decorating and making cakes since 1990 when an old school friend innocently asked her if she could make a birthday cake. Since that first fateful request, Carol has written 11 books, Compendium of Cake Decorating will be number 12! Carol worked for a while at Jane Asher's cake shop in London and has also acted as a cake consultant for a supermarket chain. She has demonstrated her art at all sorts of venues including international cake shows, on television and even once on a cross channel ferry! Carol has also contributed many features for various cake and food magazines both in the UK and abroad.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cake making! 16 Dec 2013
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This book is love at first sight! I thought I had purchased more of an academic type of a book, but this is anything and everything you can ask for as a novice cake baker. Of course recipes can always be debated and inevitably tastes vary, but all the how-tos you could think of as a beginner seem to be included.

BOOK STRUCTURE:
About this book (excellent overview!)
Chapter 1: Cake basics
Chapter 2: Fondant
Chapter 3: Buttercream
Chapter 4: Chocolate
How to make and use templates
Topper directory
Conversions
Glossary and suppliers
Index

CHAPTER 1:
Tools, recipes, how to bake, how to prepare the cake for decoration, how to make cakes on miniature scale, how to stack several cakes in different ways; incredible.

CHAPTER 2:
Types of fondants including a recipe to make your own, colouring it in different ways, storing it, using it to decorate cakes of different shapes and sizes, how to cover the board itself in a few different ways, painting and using stencils, making swags and frills and loops of fondant, how to "push patterns into" fondant, writing on it, making figures from it (both people and animals) or flowers and leaves, and finally a section on marzipan.

CHAPTERS 3 AND 4:
As detailed as the fondant chapter.

WEAKNESSES AND STRENGTHS:
- There are numerous photographs. I feel like I could make a cake successfully without having taken a course in person.
- The text is quick and easy to read.
- Trouble-shooting comments are included.
- The look is inviting and positive!
- Can't seem to find weaknesses at this point.

I have a very good idea of what techniques are used in cake baking and decorating now. Many books focus on just one of them, but this overview is fantastic. If you don't have any books on this topic, I think you don't need but "Compendium of Cake Decorating Techniques" to get started.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 19 Oct 2013
By A Hunt
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NICE BOOK WITH PLENTY OF BRIGHT CLEAR PICTURES. OK FOR BEGINNERS REALLY BUT NEVER THE LESS A NICE BOOK TO HAVE IN THE COLLECTION
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites 12 Nov 2013
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This is one of the best cake decorating books I have bought , full of so much information and handy tips , im always refering to it and can guarantee what ever I want to know I find the answer in this book , absolutely love it , highly reccomend it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 27 Oct 2013
By bev
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10/10 for this book it the best one I have brought clear simple instructions on how to do many projects I just started cake decorating course and this has and will continue to be big help to me. If your looking for a good book to help you along the way they this is the book for you
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great tips, techniques, know how 19 Sep 2013
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
We are all thinking of icing the Xmas cake and hence a plethora of cake decorating books hit the market. This is an all round book. The front cover gives you a fair idea of what is inside. Cakes of all descriptions, decorated in different ways. You'll find an amazing 300 tips, techniques and trade secrets within the pages of this book. It is not a massive tome, merely a 160 page paperback. The book starts with Cake Basics, where you'll find equipment and tools you need, cake recipes for square and round tins including pound, chocolate and fruit cakes. There are also many very useful tips in this section. Do you know how to add extra moistness to a pound cake?

Section 2 is all about fondant, its varieties and how to use them.This section is quite detailed. It goes from the basic covering a sponge cake to fantastic creations with stencils, writing, and fondant roses or characters. Section 3 is about the love of my life in cake decorating - buttercream. It includes how to make, cover a cake, create different finishes, piping and more. Did I say I love buttercream best? Section 4 is all about chocolate. Learn how to work with chocolate including tempering, ganache and decorating. This book also includes how to make and use templates, with some examples for you to use. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to make cakes. Or anyone who buys a shop bought one to decorate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exc book 18 Oct 2013
By jiffy
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Very informative worth the money. Will be good for a baker who is just starting out or an experience one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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Worth every penny really helpfull and very descriptive so easy to follow
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for cake makers 10 Jun 2014
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A great little book full of helpful tips and great ideas. As well as cake and icing recipes, there is easy to follow sections on decorating with fondant icing and making small animals and figures, plus some great ideas for decorating your cakes, using different icings and even chocolate. How to get special affects etc, makes this a must for anyone who likes to make their own special cakes.
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Plenty of good ideas for unusual cakes with detailed explanation of achieving great results
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I love this book it is so helpful, I am always using it, the chocolate section is very helpful and I particularly like her buttercream section.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time
Great little reference book, it is full of handy practical ideas and tips to inspire the cake maker and decorating enthusiast
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Brilliant book lots of information have been using it almost daily. Shows you how to do what you might have thought to be difficult that its not.
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