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Exotic Sugar Flowers for Cakes [Hardcover]

Alan Dunn
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15 May 2000
From exotic orchids to lovely lilies to delicate Japanese cherry blossoms, renowned cake decorating author Alan Dunn reveals the magic of creating designs. In this exciting collection of sugar flower designs, the expert sugarcrafter focuses on the most popular varieties of exotic flowers, as well as some of his own personal favorites. Exotic flowers and unusual blooms are becoming increasingly popular and accessible, making "Exotic Sugar Flowers for Cakes" the perfect companion. Ideal cake decorations, these exotic sugar flowers are breathtakingly beautiful and fascinatingly formed. From the delicate matilija poppy to the exquisite bird of paradise, Dunn's stunning designs capture the unique qualities of each individual bloom. Every flower is fully illustrated with clear, color photographs and detailed, practical step-by-step instructions. The latest techniques and professional hints and tips are also included, making the designs achievable by both novice and experienced sugar flower makers. The book shows how to wire and arrange the flowers into amazing sprays, bouquets and arrangements, and how to display them on cakes or as table decorations. Flowers include: Miltoniopsis OrchidBird of ParadiseFlame LilyRed-feathered GerberaBrazilian Kapok Tree FlowerAmaryllisLadder FernAlstroemeria

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (15 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853918024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853918025
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 23.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"Alan Dunn "is a leading sugarcraft designer whose books include "Wild Flowers Sugar Inspirations " and " Floral Wedding Cakes & Sprays ."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Sugar Flowers for Cakes 4 Sep 2008
Another beautiful book from Alan Dunn. It gives step by step details for making exotic sugar flowers, some very unusual. It is easy to follow and he has some excellent ideas for sugar flower arrangements both freestanding and on cakes. I think this is a must for all sugarcrafters -a wonderful addition to the bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference book 2 Nov 2001
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A step by step guides to making exotic sugar flowers. I found it easy to follow with its Colour Illustrations of each step in making both the blooms and the foliage. It has become like a textbook in my Sugar flower class
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Flowers 4 May 2014
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If you like exotic flowers and making sugercraft flowers then this is a very good book. I bought it specifically for the paphiopedilum orchid as I liked the shape of the template, and the book also has some other useful exotic templates in as well. Cutters I had seen where not quite the right shape, although the template does seem on the large size once enlarged as instructed. However one could make it smaller after all paphiopdeilums can come in different sizes. Half way through makeing the orchid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exocti sugar flowers for cakes 27 May 2013
By dee
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Excellent book with very helpfull photos with plenty instructions for creating exotic sugar flowers. It is a must buy book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Dunn Does it Again! 4 Sep 2000
By Dana Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a gold mine of information! Creative, beautiful cakes in the European style, gorgeous gumpaste flowers, plenty of photos, and easy to read instructions make this book a perfect addition to your cake book collection. Grab this book and you will be inspired!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the flowers ... a few less for the cakes 2 Sep 2004
By Ellino-amerikanaki - Published on Amazon.com
Although, in all fairness, he is not writing this (or any other book) focusing on the cakes. However, most of us who are practicing cake decorators rather than competing sugar flower artists eventually want to end up using these creations on or around a cake, and that's where this book, or any book by Alan Dunn, is unable to inspire.

He's clearly a botanist at heart who's simply chosen a rather unusual medium in which to pursue his calling. His floral sprays are amazingly life-like and I can't imagine anyone criticising his talent in that regard.

However, his work, and Lesley Herbert's work, need to be tempered somewhat by someone wild and loose like Anna Von Marburg. Rolling all of their talents into one decorator would result in cake decorating as close to perfection as one might want -- cakes which are not only a thrill to look at but also appetite whetting as well (a much-overlooked facet of professional cake decorating). Alone, however, Dunn and Herbert produce technically stunning but somewhat sterile work.

Still, I own many of their books and wouldn't be without them!

Many American designers must simply be puzzled by their work -- the fondant purity with the stiff floral spray is so unlike what's coming out of the States. I suggest cake decorators get ahold of books from all parts of the world to really get inspired and certainly as far as English design goes, no collection would be complete without Dunn's work.

By the way, all of his books are handsome, carefully-produced, well-edited, high-quality, and full of generous, honest tips. He should be applauded for this indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book 29 Sep 2011
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is wonderful to look at and more fun to try and master. I have to admit that this book (in my experience) is for people who have already mastered the basics of sugar flowers, I had to go back and purchase some more basic books before attempting this book again. If you dont have some experience it can be aggrivating and frustrating. but once you master the basics this book is a pure delight and will challenge you to produce flowers so realistic you could fool a florist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Even If You Never Make the Flowers 23 Mar 2003
By Big-Z - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful coffee table book even if you don't ever try to make the flowers. Of course, like most sugar flower making books, this one makes it look easy, but it is extremely difficult and time-consuming even if you have all the tools and have an artistic bent. I bought all the stuff and it just sits in a drawer since the learning curve is great... and I can do almost anything artistic or creative.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to follow for beginner to masters. 5 Nov 2013
By Dawn Y. Parrott - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the third book I bought by Alan. This one has the flowers I used in a national competition. Without it, I would not have know how to do it. With the step by step instruction and photos, I created many of the flowers and got rave reviews from my judges. Everyone from beginner to master can benefit from Alan's books. Well worth the money.
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