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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2013
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2014
I just wanted to say how absolutely brilliant this book is. An absolute must for anyone like myself who is getting into cake decorating. This book gives an overview of tools your likely to need, some basic cake recipes, talks about different types of icing and the techniques and is a great reference as well as gives tips for things that go wrong. Has been written in a very easy to follow way and even gives you templates for fondant icing figures e.g snowman and explains how to do it. Brilliant. Im so thrilled and excited to get going on my dauhter's first Birthday cake :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2015
This book is excellent, the author Carol Deacon gives detailed information on all the processes of producing a perfect celebration cake, with handy tips at each stage. There are 4 chapters to this book: Section 1 Cake Basics, Section 2 Fondant, Section 3 Buttercream and Section 4 Chocolate. I followed the recipe for the Pound cake for a large 10" square and used the oven temperature at 150, but beware that ovens vary and my cake took 11/4 hours to bake, as opposed to the 2 hrs written in the book. I highly recommend to anyone who bakes and decorates cakes to purchase this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2015
I was disappointed with the size of this when it arrived as I thought it could never include all that they blurb it said it did as it was so small. But it's amazing! Truly a compendium with great pictures, easy to follow examples and hints and tips to questions you hadn't yet thought to ask! Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2014
A great product at a very competitive price, prompt delivery and very well packaged. This book is perfect for the beginner and has some great tips and beautifuly illustrated and clear instructions. Highly recommend this seller. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
I lve this book. So colourful which i like. Easy steps and instructions. Lots of pictures and ideas. Cant wait to start using examples from this book.
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on 28 December 2013
Really love this book. I got it as I like baking birthday cakes for my son and wanted inspiration and good ideas for unique cakes.
I feel now confident enough to try using fondant and designing my own (Lego) cake.
The writing is clear, the pictures helpful and it is packed with tips and suggestions. The recipe for the chocolate cake is excellent, I made it once already and will be making it again as a chocolate orange cake for the New Year.
Highly recommended.
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