- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (25 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906417075
- ISBN-13: 978-1906417079
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 28 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Couture Wedding Cakes Hardcover – 25 Jan 2009
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Over the years she has developed an impressive client list for corporate events, including BAFTA, as well as for private clients and celebrities including David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay, Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney. She has a hugely successful business ranging from cookery classes around the world to a line of cakes available in Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons. Mich has recently launched a Litle Venice Cake Company cake-baking and decorating equipment range
‘Mich is an exceptionally gifted artist. She created a luscious fairytale wedding cake for our special day.'(Keely and Pierce Brosnan)
‘Fantastic ideas from a world class cake maker’(James Martin)
‘Couture Wedding Cakes will not only inspire you, but will also give you all the information you need to make these cakes yourself. We adored this book, Mich is really inspirational in her approach to cake-making…’ Book of the Month(hotbrandscoolplaces.com)
About the Author
Mich Turner’s pioneering work in the world of creative cake decoration means she is often described as the queen of couture cakes. She originally trained as a Food Scientist and was Patisserie Buyer at Harvey Nichols before founding her hugely successful Little Venice Cake Company in 1999. Mich’s bespoke classic and contemporary creations have graced the table of her Majesty the Queen, Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, Paul McCartney, Cheryl Cole and David Beckham. It’s no wonder then that Vogue, Tatler and Stella magazines regularly feature her delicious designs. Mich has also been a consultant to numerous TV shows, including Heston Blumenthal’s Feast, Rachel Allen’s Bake!, Kirstie’s Homemade Home and of course her own series, Couture Cakes. As a leading authority on special occasion cakes, Mich runs successful masterclasses around the world aimed at all levels of ability. She was Harpers Bazaar and Chanel Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 and is the author of four highly successful books: Spectacular Cakes (best Dessert Book, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards), Fantastic Party Cakes, Couture Wedding Cakes and Cake Masterclass (best book for food professionals, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards). Little Venice Cake Company Celebration Cakes are available under licence in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco, providing the opportunity to sample the luxury of LVCC at a price point all can afford. LVCC already provides couture cakes exclusively for Harrods. In 2010 Mich was awarded an MBE for her outstanding services to the Catering Industry and in 2011, Little Venice Cake Company launched a new international range of cake baking and decorating equipment and Mich launched a range of edibles in conjunction with Silver Spoon. Both ranges are set to expand in 2012.
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My only negative remark would be towards the use of fresh flowers on cakes. They do look beautiful, but should something sprayed with pesticides come into contact with a food item? The debate will continue I'm sure. Personally, I would only use sugar flowers. Mich does include instructions for sugar lillies and has included entirely edible designs, so those concerned over this issue are catered for.
I highly recommend this title. Well done Mich!
Most most of all, there are many designs of cakes to chose from or inspire you and all of these are really beautiful cakes with wide appeal, modern, classy and not always so difficult to achieve - although some are deceivingly difficult and need an experienced and steady hand.
Like other viewers, I note the abundant use of fresh flowers, and I feel that in fact, this only serves to show that it won't works unless the flowers are really amazing in quantity and quality and thus very expensive, meaning it is not always going to be the right solution nor the expected shortcut for the cake maker or the client, over sugar flowers.
The reference pages (recipes, sizes, fillings, setting up, pillars, etc.) are excellent. If you are are student or new to cake decorating, this will not necessarily be a comprehensive bible of all techniques such as piping, flooding, royal icing, flower making etc, (there is a hint of coldness in the explanations but to be fair, Mich has been very generous overall) it covers a fair amount and what it does perhaps show, is how even limited use of these techniques, in a modern way, can make a commercial cake.
When you first get this book, you'll think "wow"! It's packed with fullpage glossy pictures of stunning modern wedding cakes that would grace any wedding table and as the author suggests "be the star of the reception"
However, it's on closer examination i.e. when you actually get down to the nitty gritty of how you're going to make the cake, that you realise that one or two steps are missing in the instructions, and you have to flip back and forth for pictures and information you need to complete the project.
A strange mix of excellent and average, means the pictures are fantastic, while the instructions for projects in general and specifics like chocolate roses and sugar flowers are average, the section on tiered cakes is very good.
All that said, this is a wonderful book full of ideas for stunning wedding cakes, with something for everyone, regardless of taste or level of skill. I would recommend it, with the above mentioned caviats.
I also bought The Wedding Cake Decorator's Bible: A Resource of Mix-and-Match-Designs and Embellishments which has excellent instructions on both chocolate and sugar flowers, and the two books together should help me create the perfect wedding cake.
[If the graphic designer is reading this, I was taught that good design looks good but is practical, this falls short on the latter, and the editor, you should check both these areas, and as such made the necessary revisions before going to print!]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great step by step book of how to create designer wedding cakes. However!!! be aware to avoid disappointment that this is the same book as Mitch Turners "Wedding... Read morePublished 20 days ago by davinia kelly
Very helpful book have never made a wedding cake before but used the fruit cake receipe and it smells great. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs. Linda A. Allen
I am amazed people would eat cakes which have fresh flowers on it! All that chemicals from the flowers going into the icing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Juyee
Beautiful book - I'd love to spend time at her classes - maybe one day!Published 15 months ago by Annie Laurie
Great book. Has come in extremely useful for my daughters wedding cake. Am now considering buying the previous book as we'll.Published 17 months ago by Molly Moo
Lovely book very pleased with purchase, very good tips, this should help when making various cakes and of course the flowersPublished 22 months ago by Mrs Vivien Perkins