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The International School of Sugarcraft 1: Beginners Bk.1 [Paperback]

Nicholas Lodge , Janice Murfitt
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Book Description

11 Nov 1998
"A beginner's guide for anyone who has never attempted to decorate a cake, as well as an excellent refresher course for those with a knowledge of the basic techniques. The book begins with an explanation of how to bake the perfect cake and recipes for every type of icing. It then continues with step-by-step guidance on covering cakes, piping, run-outs and ribbon work. By the end of the 20 lesson course, the reader should have the skills and confidence to bake, cover and decorate every one of the specially designed cakes which are illustrated throughout the book."

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books; New edition edition (11 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853917486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853917486
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 20.1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for sugarcraft ! 26 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was given the first hardcover edition of this book in 1988 as a Christmas present and I have stayed loyal to it ever since. The basic cake recipes are highly reliable - the rich fruit cake one of my staples come Christmas. The sugarcraft techniques are taught in such a way that has provided a foundation for further exploration. It's a great introduction to sugarcraft for the novice and provides a clear structure and overview for those who have struggled aimlessly in the dark thus far. I also have Book 2 and it is equally highly recommended. Both of my books are now ready for replacement after much wear, tear and intense use!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the beginning...... 2 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on a whim and have just completed my fifth cake and am in the process of devising my sixth cake - the pictures and instructions are brilliant, I had never iced a cake before and now feel competent enough to make them for people other than family! Would highly recommend this, and looking at other peoples reviews am going to buy book 2! Well worth it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 13 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
What can I say ...except this book is a must have for learning everything about making cakes through to how to decorate in various ways. It is very infromative with easy to follow instructions...a complete must for the beginner right through to the more experienced. It was so good that I bought book 2 also, another great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Livin' in the 80s ... 26 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There's good sound advice and information in this book, but it is oh so dated if you are looking for design inspiration.

I use Nicholas Lodge's gum paste recipe to make sugar flowers. It really is great but the sugarcraft here is stuck in the 70s and 80s.

Lodge really knows his stuff but I really would love to see a new edition of this book and see his take on some contemporary design.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
summary:this is the most brilliant book i have every come across
good illustrations and very explanatory. great tips too.very useful for anyone who wants to learn the art of baking and icing cakes.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugarcraft, Beginners book 1 18 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
This is the ultimate book for the novice. It has well written guidelines on the what, when and why of cake decorating. Gives you some ideas and templates to work from. Not as spectacular visually as some books but definitely more informative. Techniques are explained succinctly. A must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Training 28 Feb 2009
By Bianca White VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book provided good training and groundwork for the craft of icing. The only gripe I have is the now rather old-fashioned designs.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Library would have been cheaper 8 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was the pretty little cakes on the front cover that wetted my appetite but they don't figure anywhere in the book! Inside the book the project designs are outdated, back in the seventies or eighties with no contemporary wow factor anywhere. For the most part the techniques in this book are probably in just about any cake decorating book and with better explanations/pictures. Ingredients are listed in a most confusing way. Sorry, but I expected far more out of a book that titles itself 'school of sugarcraft'. For all that I enjoyed an evenings browse but could have saved my money by getting it from the library - if it didn't entail postage I would return it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great little book with good ideas. Perfect for beginner or intermediate sugar crafters
Published 6 days ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ideal for me
Published 18 days ago by Pauline Carless
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and full of tips and info.
This was requested by our grandson who was at that time at Westminster College doing patisserie. We presume it met the requirements of the course.
Published 2 months ago by Berkshire Scribe
2.0 out of 5 stars Not happy
This book is not the simple book I required. The diagrams are not special. The explanations not particularly good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs R M Pride
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar craft
The book is very helpful for what I'm doing, and was definantly worth the money,it is a very good read.
Published 6 months ago by katie ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought this for my niece who is studying food tech at college and enjoys baking cakes and decorating them.
Published 7 months ago by Rowena Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Well written, handy templates for your use, good descriptions, explanations and instructions. Will buy the next book, good value for money.
Published 10 months ago by Marlo
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Buy this book for all the instructions which are excellent but the designs in the book are so dated now,its a shame that it has never been updated. Read more
Published 12 months ago by cakesandquilts
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugarcraft Books
An interesting and helpful text book. Full of good ideas to follow closely or adapt to your own individual tastes.
Published 13 months ago by Catherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth having!
I was pleased when I bought Book 1 because it was a way to revise the things I learned at school (a long time ago) and some. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sandy Beach
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