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Decorating Christmas Cakes: 14 Spectacular Festive Designs [Paperback]

Paul Bradford , David Brice
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25 July 2013
Renowned sugarcrafter, Paul Bradford demonstrates all the skills and techniques needed to decorate stunning cakes for the festive season, full of beauty, impact and humour. He begins by showing step by step how to model basic shapes in sugarpaste, moving on to making a Santa, a penguin and a rose. There is step by step instruction on covering a cake with ganache, icing a cake and board and applying a ribbon. Then it is on to fourteen amazing projects including a hilarious Snowball Fight, beautiful Angel cake, stunning Winter Ruffle with modelling chocolate, a cute Teddy Bear cake, an Igloo with cute, funny penguins, a stunning Christmas Wedding Cake, White Out in which Santa has a spectacular sleigh crash, hilarious and whimsical Christmas Down Under showing Santa on his holidays, Exploding Santa in which he bursts out of the cake itself, a beautiful Topsy-Turvy Wedding Cake and a traditional Gingerbread House cake. The cake designs are the star here, and everything you need to know from carving the cakes into shape, covering, icing and decorating them is shown step by step so that quite sensational cakes can be created using simple techniques.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (25 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844488837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844488834
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 20.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must admit, I am a bit of a bore when it comes to decorating my Christmas cake. I make a delicious homemade, gluten free cake these days, but when it comes to icing, I go for plain marzipan then Royal icing, nothing fancy, not even a Santa in sight. Here is the just the book I need to get my creativity flowing onto my cake. This is a fantasy wonderland of cake decoration with the particular theme of Christmas. It starts with all the know-how of cake construction and the materials you need. There is a cake recipe (sadly no gluten free alternative) and different ways to decorate it. This recipe is also shown as a video on the publisher's website. There are step by step instructions for using and decorating with sugar paste; layering and covering a cake with ganache and icing. The decorated cakes are fabulous and suited for different party themes - kid's Xmas, celebration, family and so on. I am speechless at the awesome 'Angel Cake', it looks too good to touch, same with the 'White Chocolate Ruffle' - these cakes make a real impression. Kids will love 'Teddy Bear', 'Igloo', 'Santa's Face'. There are even 'Christmas Wedding Cakes' and the classic 'Gingerbread House' - but like the best you've ever seen. It is a fun book, full of 14 different cake recipes, you'll want to make time and again. Every cake has step by step instructions with good photography. Templates are provided for the cakes. It's amazing, don't miss it.-Welovefinefoods.co.uk A great starting point for beginners looking to expand their skills during the festive season, this new title from expert sugarcrafters Paul Bradford and David Brice explains how to decorate Christmas cakes from start to finish. With detailed instructions for carving, covering and modelling, this inspiring selection of designs will have you decorating like a professional and wowing your family and friends in no time.-Cakes & Sugarcraft 14 chocolate sponge and ganache coated Christmas cake designs. These seasonally themed designs are mainly novelty styles and include full step-by-step pictures and templates so you can create your own versions. Written by Paul and David who run the very successful Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School.-Cake Craft & Decoration

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Paul Bradford runs the hugely successful Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School with his partner David Brice. Their mission is to 'Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams' by providing a range of cake decorating courses and on-line tutorials. They have a huge following both online as well as for their residential sugarcraft courses in the Scottish Highlands. Website: www.designer-cakes.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can wait for Christmas 6 Aug 2013
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Can't wait for Christmas to make one of these delightful cakes !! Which one will I make will be the problem? The book is full of large beautiful photos and good instructions.
Lots of new ideas for Christmas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant xx 12 Aug 2013
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Amazing book. Great instructions to follow. Lovely illustrations.
2 problems with this book are
1. I can't wait for Christmas to make and
2. Want to have a go at all of them so making up mind which to do is going to be tough.
Have a feeling lots of family and friends will be getting Christmas cakes this year.
Definately a fan of Paul and can't wait for another book to be published.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cakes 16 Sep 2013
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I must admit, I am a bit of a bore when it comes to decorating my Christmas cake. I make a delicious homemade, gluten free cake these days, but when it comes to icing, I go for plain marzipan then Royal icing, nothing fancy, not even a Santa in sight. Here is the just the book I need to get my creativity flowing onto my cake. This is a fantasy wonderland of cake decoration with the particular theme of Christmas. It starts with all the know-how of cake construction and the materials you need. There is a cake recipe (sadly no gluten free alternative) and different ways to decorate it. This recipe is also shown as a video on the publisher's website.

There are step by step instructions for using and decorating with sugar paste; layering and covering a cake with ganache and icing. The decorated cakes are fabulous and suited for different party themes - kid's Xmas, celebration, family and so on. I am speechless at the awesome 'Angel Cake', it looks too good to touch, same with the 'White Chocolate Ruffle' - these cakes make a real impression. Kids will love 'Teddy Bear', 'Igloo', 'Santa's Face'. There are even 'Christmas Wedding Cakes' and the classic 'Gingerbread House' - but like the best you've ever seen. It is a fun book, full of 14 different cake recipes, you'll want to make time and again. Every cake has step by step instructions with good photography. Templates are provided for the cakes. It's amazing, don't miss it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book - Brilliant Tutorials 12 Aug 2013
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Fully illustrated for each and every step. Hints and Tips provided on making all the coverings. The best bit is the Stencils provided in order to recreate the cakes using the right measurements. I Hope Paul Bradford brings out more books! A* Book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book! 12 Aug 2013
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Am thrilled with this book, even though I have watched his tutorials to have the book showing such clear instructions as you work is marvellous, templates included, akes all the designs seem achievable! More please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.xxxx 12 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
A fantastic colourful and amazing book! I can't wait to take it in to work and show my colleagues who all love cake decorating.
I love the step by step photographs.
A really lovely addition to my kitchen bookshelf!
Think I'm going to suprise everyone at christmas and produce.....Santa's Face
Fingers crossed it looks as good as in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decorating Christmas Cakes 12 Aug 2013
By Lyn
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Brilliant book from Paul Bradford, good instruction as are his on line tutorials, highly recommend and can't wait or decide which one of the stunning cakes I shall be making first
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Jun 2014
By Mrs I
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Fantastic book, I thoroughly recommend it, it is easy to follow with lots of great projects to try.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
I love the projects in this book, there are some funny, amazing and very scary (for the maker) looking projects that can't fail to impress. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ribena berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll on christmas
If you like Christmas- you'll love this book.It explains in detail of how to make lovely charactors for your Christmas cakes and lovely cake recipies
Published 1 month ago by elizabeth sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Bradford's Christmas cake decorating book
I like this book far better than I expected to. There are many designs which could be transferred to different times of the year and adapted for weddings - which is really useful,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. J. E. Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book
some very interesting designs, we made a lot of people go wow when then sore our christmas cake, we did the igloo design, next year we will try another
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Andrew D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is by far the best cake decorating book I have purchased. Paul gives full instructions and so many detailed pictures showing you how to reproduce his beautiful creations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Decorating Christmas Cakes: 14 Spectacular Festive Designs
This book is fantastic so much so I had to order two more, for the ladies in my craft class....
Published 6 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book. Easy to follow with pictures so you know what it's supposed to look like. I managed the penguin igloo cake for my kids and I'm a real novice so very pleased.
Published 6 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Something a little bit different
There are lots of Christmas cake books on the market but this on is a little bit different, with some really original designs and lovely easy to follow instructions.
Published 6 months ago by veebl
5.0 out of 5 stars Only downfall was a printing error in a recipe
Was very happy with our order of Decorating Christmas cakes book. Fast delivery and reasonably priced. Read more
Published 6 months ago by victoria eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to copy
The book is great as we wanted to decorate our christmas cakes with something different, easy to use guide on how to make the decorations.
Published 7 months ago by viv fairbairn
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