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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and not 'high end wedding cake making' as promised, 20 Nov. 2013
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Perhaps I was expecting too much as I preordered this book weeks, if not months, before release. Rosalind Miller is a mover and shaker in the UK cake decorating world and I couldn't wait to get her book.

Positive points:

* It is a beautifully produced book with a linen feel strip cover. It is heavy and holds its own on my burgeoning cake decorating bookshelf. It feels like good quality and it promises a lot.
* The instructions and required material sections are succinct and clear.

Negative points:

* In the words of Paul Hollywood, it's style over substance!
* Whilst there are contemporary designs in the book (the use of silver leaf, double barrel tiers, and a nice monochrome design which won Miller a place in The independent's top 10 wedding cakes back in May) it is not particularly ground breaking. The book feels like it is following year-old trends rather than predicting what we should be making next season (did it soend too long being made pretty and hence lost its contemporary edge??).
* Having followed Rosalind's career and her new cake designs with anticipation I expected more than the very basic flowers she makes here - many of which look cabbagey. Sorry, i know that sounds harsh, but if I buy a book which is marketed as moving your cake skills to 'hig end' then thats what I expected.

All in all, it is a beautifully produced book and if you are a beginner moving to intermediate then I think this will be a great book to inspire you. If you truly are looking for high end then opt for Naomi Yamamoto's "Wedding cakes the Couture Collection" which still has me quaking in my cake making boots.
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