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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (27 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470380098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470380093
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 3.1 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Professional Cake Decorating is the definitive guide on the subject from master cake designer and IACP Award winner Toba Garrett. This comprehensive second edition has been completely revamped with all–new photography, and includes more cake decorating skills and techniques than ever before in a fresh, easy–to–use format. Whether you decorate cakes in a professional bakeshop or simply as a hobby, Toba Garrett provides all the information and guidance you′ll need.

This must–have resource begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of the cake designer′s art, from covering a cake board to assembling and icing a layered cake to stacking cake tiers with pillars or columns. Later chapters cover such topics as piping, writing and painting, royal icing design, hand modeling, pastillage construction, gumpaste flowers, and much more.

A full chapter on miniature cakes and cookies includes techniques for making petits fours and other small treats, while a gallery of cakes and confections provides inspiration with color photos of breathtaking cakes and information on the skills needed to create each one.

Featuring hundreds of step–by–step photos and illustrations and dozens of tried–and–tested recipes, Professional Cake Decorating is the only book that puts Toba Garrett′s 30 years of training, traveling, teaching, and private decorating practice in the palms of your hands. A must for today′s professional bakers, cake artists, baking and pastry students, and cake decorating enthusiasts, this book is an indispensable one–stop resource on the art of cake design.

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A comprehensive guide to the art of cake decorating

Drawing on her years of experience as an award–winning master cake designer, Toba Garrett presents an indispensable guide to classic cake artistry. Packed with inspiring cake designs, step–by–step instructions, and beautiful color photography, this comprehensive resource includes everything you need to create absolutely stunning special–occasion cakes.

"Before I met Toba Garrett, I had only seen cakes as intricate and beautiful as the ones she creates in books. Her talent lies not only in her ability to design and execute exquisite cakes, but also in her skill in identifying and explaining the techniques necessary to get the same results she does her thousands of students all over the world would heartily agree. This new edition of Professional Cake Decorating holds all the methods you need to create outstanding decorated cakes."
Nick Malgieri, author of BAKE! and The Modern Baker

"A fantastic resource for anyone interested in the art and business of cake decorating. Toba generously shares years of hard–won knowledge and experience in a way that welcomes novices and inspires more advanced practitioners. If there could be an official textbook for decorators, this would be it."
Susan Schultz, Editorial Director, American Cake Decorating

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 3 July 2012
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Being a cake decorator I found this book one of the best I have bought so far (and I own quite a few). It is very good technically, explaning clearly lots of piping techniques and royal icing work that usually other books leave behind. In my opinion much better than Mich Turner's Cake Masterclass, which I purchased expecting to be something like Toba's book. If you you want to improve and master your cake decorating techniques and get some professional knowledge you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salty on 27 Nov. 2013
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Good book loads of nice pics and ideas good quality pages glossy images. loads of recipe ideas this book is one of the best
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scorpio Woman on 18 Oct. 2012
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I bought this book based on the title but have to say this book provides nothing new and is, in my opinion, aimed at the beginner. It's not bad, it just doesn't provide anything I haven't seen before. On the positive side, the instructions are clear and the photography is good. There is nothing for anyone with more experience and I feel this book could have been much improved had it been split into sections aimed at the begginer, intermediate and advanced cake decorator. It would be good to hear from the 'professional' author how they have adapted a technique and come up with a new one instead of just repeating what has gone before. Perhaps someone will produce a book like this at some point.
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If you are new or experienced this is a very useful book! Clear instructions and photographs with short lessons at the end of each section. Very handy if you are feeling a bit rusty!
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Well done! 22 Jan. 2012
By Toni - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been long awaiting the arrival of this second edition book by the most talented Toba Garrett, and it has been worth the wait! Though Chef Garrett has published other fine books in the baking field, the first edition book of "Professional Cake Decorating" published in 2006, had been the one that came initially from the requests of her students; something to consolidate the overwhelming mountains of teaching in this field. The 2006 edition encompassed the techniques of cake decorating, though much can be used in other areas of culinary decorating (cookies, cupcakes, etc). Having the first edition book well-worn, I feel confident in my opinion that this second edition far exceeds all that she offered in the first.

She has updated and reorganized this excellent teaching tome, by steamlining some aspects and intensifying others. With the initial target audience of students, those who are comfortable in their cake decorating skills, as well as a patient beginner, can certainly embrace the joyous challenges as she takes you through a myriad of more detailed lessons and techniques. To compliment the serious attention that she gives this artform, there is an accompanying instructor's manual as well.

The photography is crisp and clear, the drawing clean, the text straight forward. Charts, colored and B&W photographs, with the steps needed to achieve the end results, are given. Having said this, there is an assumption that you have some skill base already. With each lesson, she provides you with the prep/set-up, the instructions, lesson reviews, and even performance tests to help build your confidence by practicing. Each lesson introduction page will list everything you will need to complete that section.

The book is sectioned as such:

INTRODUCTION: Describing what is different in this edition; what has been modified and what was given more attention, so to encompass the teaching and industry changes.

HISTORY of CAKE DECORATING: A marvelous analogy of where the "cake" came from as well as how icing and cake decorating came about, from its rather simple beginning to modern day sensations.

GETTING STARTED: The basics of cake decorating from cakeboards and torting to icing and everything in between. A color chart for tinting, types of cake coverings, etc are all included to get the basic cake ready for decorating.

BASIC PIPING SKILLS: This covers the basics starting with the use of paper decorating bags to reusable bags, how to pipe by touching the icing to the cake or lifting the icing, basic piping shapes, shells, rosettes, garlands and other basic shapes.

FLORAL PIPING SKILLS: Buttercream roses.

INTERMEDIATE PIPING SKILLS: Buttercream flowers, shells, swags, bows, weaves, etc.

ADVANCED PIPING SKILLS: This was one of my favorite chapters in that I love the Lambeth-style of cake decorating. If you enjoy the overlay or overpiping style, you will love this chapter too. I feel that this is the basics of building your Lambeth abilities. And even if you just want a most elegant and 3-D effect, this is definitely your chapter!

THE ART OF WRITING AND PAINTING: One of the things that I appreciate the most is when a truly talented cake decorator can write! There is nothing more disappointing than seeing writing that is child-like or poorly piped; it ruins a cake (this was a personal frustration in my skills). So to learn, this is an invaluable chapter; using templates she provides, you can quickly learn some of the most beautiful cake "penmanship" and not just block letters. I'm talking calligraphy and cursive in different styles. (She included "Food Color Painting" at the end of this lesson though I felt this would have been better in her Lesson 8 "Design Skills").

ROYAL ICING PIPED FLOWERS: This lesson has about 7 different flowers.

ROYAL ICING DESIGN SKILLS: This chapter is wonderful; you learn design transfer methods which is great for those who aren't good at free-hand design, as well as different embroideries and cornelli lace.


MARZIPAN AND CHOCOLATE MODELING: Marzipan and chocolate animals and roses.

ADVANCED ROYAL ICING PIPING AND DESIGN SKILLS: I am absolutely in love with this chapter; I would have bought this book just for this chapter alone. For myself, it had been very hard to find anything solid in Lambeth-style education related to Joseph Lambeth; he was an incredibly gifted man who was a Master of this delicate, layered old school work. The only person I feel is equal to him is Eddie Spence, MBE, who has written a definitive book on this subject called "The Art of Royal Icing". I greatly digress..........this is simply a fantastic chapter that teaches you the intricasies of runouts (flooding) piping, extension work, lace designs, ring designs (love this!), trelliswork, lattice work, and collars. Divine!

ROLLED ICING DESIGN: Working with fondant to drape or decorate a prepped cake.


GUMPASTE FLOWERS: The basics of flowers.

ADVANCED GUMPASTE FLOWERS: The next level of flowers.

MINI CAKES AND COOKIES: I was expecting mini cakes and a bit more elaborate cookies but this was petit fours and basic cookies. To get a more intense lesson on cookies decorating, I would suggest her book, "The Well-Decorated Cookie".

CAKE and CONFECTIONARY GALLERY: Here's where you put everything together and see how much you learned. The end results of all the lessons rolled into projects.

RECIPES: All kinds of recipes for buttercreams and icings, fondants and pastes, cakes, cookies, curds, and fillings, plus templates, patterns, cutting guides, and alphabets for writing.

This is a wonderful teaching book and if you had to choose between the first and second edition, of course I would suggest this one. There are so many great books out there but when you can get one that has this much detail so that you have everything pretty much laid out for you, I think it would be worth the investment. Peace!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 24 April 2012
By V. Cheddar - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so complete that it would probably be the only one you need in your cake library. Some of the 'lessons' are a bit advanced, but then again, the book is called "Professional Cake Decorating". I decorate cakes as a hobby and I'm always looking to learn new ideas and 'tricks of the trade'. If you are like me, this book is essential for you.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Could use more pictures 26 July 2012
By Erica - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful- it includes in-depth writing about almost any technique or cake decorating thing you would care to do. The one drawback I have found is that it does not have enough pictures. I am a visual learner, and even pictures of the finished decoration would be helpful. So far, I have just been reading it like a book, and it is sometimes difficult to visualize what she is trying to say. I have the feeling that once I start going through the lessons, I will have a better grip on what she is writing about.
I have worked in a bakery before, so many of the terms are familiar, but the book might read like a textbook to a newbie, which could be another drawback.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't think twice -- worth every penny! 24 April 2012
By Ellino-amerikanaki - Published on Amazon.com
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Well done Wiley! Or maybe it's 'well done Toba' -- or both. Doesn't matter: I get the feeling that between Toba and her publishers, they listened to the criticisms made of the first edition and took them seriously because certainly every issue I raised in my review of the first edition has been rectified in this edition (with the possible exception of the quality of the paper which I have no idea about -- sadly, I'm stuck with the first edition and can't justify buying another. They've done this revision with such care, however, that I'd be dead surprised if they hadn't improved the quality of the paper).

The quality of the content is the same, that is, the excellence you'd expect from Ms. Garrett, but now the book is handsome and modern and fresh. Really, bravo you guys!

Whoever masterminded this new edition really gave a damn. They've replaced a number of dated-looking photos which much more current looking ones, and even re-shot a number of other photos: the same subject (a piped rose in all its stages, for instance) but this time a fresher, cleaner color for both the piping and the background. That's real care.

Now this is an absolute no-brainer: Toba Garrett's the best instructor out there and this one, like her now-out-of-print "The Well-Decorated Cake" is worth its purchase price and more.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Beautiful! 21 July 2012
By Nik - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully composed book on the art of decorating the modern cake. As earlier reviewers have described the book in depth, I would say, for the advanced beginner and intermediate baker, this book is a plus on your shelf.

I am pretty new to cake decorating, but have been baking for years now. I saw this book and something told me to buy it. I am pleasantly pleased by the photos, the information and the entire structure of making and putting together the many layers of a well decorated cake. Ms. Garrett has given us the tools to practice with in such clear english, it's almost too easy.

As for the three star reviewer, I would pose the question, if there is anything new to learn or a better way to teach it, why not put it in a book yourself and share it with the world? The content of this book deserves more than a three star. Especially since most bakers do not hold a Master's Degree in teaching, and most writers on this subject are not as giving as Ms. Garrett. If you are a dedicated learner, there is always something to be learned from everything.

For those of you who will be purchasing this book, Enjoy!
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