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  • 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)

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Mich Turner MBE, is a trained Food Scientist, the owner of the Little Venice Cake Company and a judge on ITV1's Britain's Best Bakery.

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

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‘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)

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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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Any one who has any interest in a wedding cake will delight in this book, be they cake maker or bride to be. Mich creates stunning cakes with huge attention to detail and is incredibly skilled in her art. She passes on all her knowledge and gives clear concise instructions to recreate all the designs featured which are influenced by fashion through the last and present century. Recipes are included and I'm delighted to see more quantity guides for various size cakes than in her earlier books. I would buy the book for the chocolate cake recipe alone, it's an amazing taste sensation! Don't miss an opportunity to share the knowledge of a lady who is the top of her game and is prepared to pass on her secrets.

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!
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Great pictures, great instructions, etc. I also got "Spectacular Cakes" by same author. My advice is DO NOT get both - as they are a repeat of each other. Some of the same cakes show up in both books, recipes are the same. Hard to choose which one I liked better because they were so similar.
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This is a really good book deserving all the praise written here, whether you are new to the craft, a professional, or a bride seeking inspiration. The quality of the editing is always important I think, and that alone make for a pleasant book to use and refer to, whether you are reading it in bed or using it in the kitchen, as everything in that book is interesting, useful, clearly laid out and generally well put together in a quality but not too glossy book.
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.
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3.5 stars is actually what I would have liked to have given, but I gave 4 because it's so full of lovely cakes to make that I thought 3 was a bit harsh. Though I agree with Marie Jones, this is a fantastic book with amazingly designed cakes, which falls down on its design.
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!]
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This book has some fabulous idea's for decorating your wedding cakes. Not only that but it also has recipes for a selection of different cakes apart from the usual fruit. I have already tried one recipe and I have to say it was quite possibly the best lemon sponge I have ever made. Everyone who tried it, absolutely loved it. So next week I am going to use Mich Turner's Fruit cake recipe, which looks fantastic too. Slightly different to other fruit cake recipe's I have tried but I trust the recipe after trying the lemon sponge. There are only a couple of little niggles for me, one is that the recipe's are for a 6 inch cake and anything bigger I have to work the weight of the ingredient's out whereas I would have liked them already worked out for me. The other is that I would have loved there to have been a few more cakes in the book.
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