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Whether you are a bride on a budget, a mom baking for a birthday, a cook who needs to control added ingredients, or just want to celebrate a special event with a fresh, delicious cake, this book has something for you.Author and pastry chef Erin Gardner is famous for her unique designs and cake decorating skill. In these pages, she demonstrates professional techniques for cWhether you are a bride on a budget, a mom baking for a birthday, a cook who needs to control added ingredients, or just want to celebrate a special event with a fresh, delicious cake, this book has something for you.Author and pastry chef Erin Gardner is famous for her unique designs and cake decorating skill. In these pages, she demonstrates professional techniques for creating beautiful, custom-made cakes that are also completely delicious. From how to make mouthwatering, homemade buttercream to molding gorgeous fondant flowers and bows, Erin’s detailed, step-by-step instructions offer home cooks all the decorating know-how they need. She also presents a host of secrets and shortcuts for dressing up plain cakes in absolutely no time—try her fruit Rollup trick for pretty cake flowers that can be made in a flash. Throughout the book, Erin shows time-pressed cooks how to improve upon well-known cake decorating techniques....

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ISBN : 9781621137603
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Great Cake Decorating: Sweet Designs for Cakes & Cupcakes Reviews

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-04-03 01:09

    Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Quite simply, this book is the cake decorating book bomb. It's not that it goes into details for hundreds of cakes, but it teaches you, in-depth, all the techniques you need to know to let your imagination roam free so you can go beyond the included cake ideas. From buttercream tips to making different shapes, the caking tools and pan advice, fondant finishes and coloring frostings, dowels, layers, and fondant shapes, it's all there in the first two chapters.The second part, Decorate like you mean it, is why anyone opens these books in the bookstores to browse - to see the cake designs, of course. Big colorful pictures with decoration direction. The author breaks it into different themes: Nature Inspired (love the bird and topiary cakepop tree); Graphic Designs, with stained glass techniques and different stacking effects; Floral Creations, where most of these cases are multiple layered and fancy fondant; Fabric, Ribbons, and Bows - The Pearl cake is stunning; Special Occasions with monograms and other nifty cake techniques including, yes, Zebra Stripes. Finally, part three is recipes for various cakes, frostings, marshmallow fondant, etc. I want to try the Devil Food Cake. I buy store bought now and love the Duncan Hines version. If this could mimic it or beat it, I'd be happy, for it's my favorite sort of birthday cake to do. Plus then when someone compliments you, you don't have to say it's store bought mix with that embarrassed pause.The key to cake decoration is practice, practice, and more practice. Tools and books help but practice makes perfect and patience is key. Still, you have to know where to start and what the techniques actually ARE to start your practicing, and this book is that right guide. It doesn't ignore the buttercreme piping techniques, it includes the fondant recipes and techniques, it has creative cakes for different occasions, the writing is fun and informative, and the publisher wasn't stingy with the large, detailed pictures for the finished products.Besides, there's just something addicting about cake decorating books...

  • DelAnne Frazee
    2019-03-30 00:15

    Title: Great Cake Decorating - Sweet Designs for Cakes & Cupcakes Author: Erin Gardner Published: 1-7-2014 Publisher: The Taunton Press Inc. Pages: 227 Genre: Crafts & Hobbies Sub Genre: Home; Decorating; Food & Wine ISBN: 13: 9781621137603 ASIN: B00HYYLFM2 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalleyRating: 5 Stars I received a copy of "Great Cake Decorating" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.DescriptionWhether you are a bride on a budget, a mom baking for a birthday, a cook who needs to control added ingredients, or just want to celebrate a special event with a fresh, delicious cake, this book has something for you.Author and pastry chef Erin Gardner is famous for her unique designs and cake decorating skill. In these pages, she demonstrates professional techniques for creating beautiful, custom-made cakes that are also completely delicious. From how to make mouthwatering, homemade buttercream to molding gorgeous fondant flowers and bows, Erin’s detailed, step-by-step instructions offer home cooks all the decorating know-how they need. She also presents a host of secrets and shortcuts for dressing up plain cakes in absolutely no time—try her fruit Rollup trick for pretty cake flowers that can be made in a flash. Throughout the book, Erin shows time-pressed cooks how to improve upon well-known cake decorating techniques. My Review:Starting from the basics of equipment needed to snippets of advice such as how to level a cake and keeping a cake moist yet firm. Build a cake from the inside out. There are instructions for not only decorating cakes, but cupcakes and cake pops as well. Instructions to make your decorations and when to use painting and fabric to decorate. Two Hundred and twenty-seven pages of instructions, ideas and recipes for novice to expert. Easy to follow instructions with corresponding photos. My rating for "Great Cake Decorating" is 5 out of 5 stars.Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYYLFM2/...Barnes and Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/great...GoodReads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...The Reading Room link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...

  • AerinLuvs
    2019-04-08 22:15

    A reference book that is beautifully inspirational!This is a beautifully photographed book that will help a new or even experienced cake decorator go from ingredients to finished beautiful work of art! It starts with cake baking basics, because a cake must be good from the inside out. Then you can start to make it pretty. Before each section, it will show you the tools required (each one is numbered in the photos for clarity) with explanation of its use, and has chapters for details, nature inspired, floral, graphic designs, special occasions and the last chapter is recipes. There are numerous troubleshooting tips with solutions. There are tips for coloring with gel food coloring along with helpful tips. Throughout, there are descriptions of decorating mini cakes and cupcakes. Almost every described cake can be used for a wedding cake! Although my favorite wedding cake designs would be the Toile, Flower Lattice, White on White with numerous flowers and Victorian Elegance.And after you've done all the decorating work, how are you supposed to transport it? Yes, there is a section on how to safely transport your creation/work of art. Finally, there is a resources section where you can go online and find everything along with more inspiration. This is a outstanding book and I would recommend it for someone who wants a complete reference book for cake decorating and inspiration for designs! It breaks down cake decorating so that it is not intimidating~ no one will believe you've handmade these cakes!Thank you to Taunton and the author for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book!

  • Madison
    2019-04-05 18:32

    I love cake decorating books. There is something so wonderful about their vibrant pictures and, I've found, solid basic cake recipes. This book has all that and more. Part one of this book covers all the basics of cake decorating. Everything from piping tools, splitting a cake, decorating cake pops, making flowers, icing with fondant and stacking cakes is covered in easy-to-follow detailed instructions, with plenty of tips and step-by-step pictures. Part two covers the cake designs, separated into nature inspired, graphic designs, floral creations, fabric, buttons and bows, and special occasions. The students in our library are going to love looking at these beautiful and vibrant designs and the teachers are happily going to be placing orders for their birthday cakes. Each of the designs have detailed instructions, helpful tips, ideas for making the design on a smaller scale and how to skip tricker steps and replace them with premade conveniences. Some designs are beyond extravagant, while others are simpler. Many also include designs for matching cupcakes or mini cakes.Part three covers the recipes. Everything from basic vanilla chiffon cake to a hazelnut cake, chocolate ganache, to royal icing or pastry cream. But the highlight was salted caramel icing. Three words just changed my baking life. Yum. With beautiful photos, a range of decorating techniques and creative designs, this cake decorating book will keep any baker inspired. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Find this review and more like it on my blog Madison's Library.

  • 2kasmom
    2019-03-31 01:10

    Author and pastry chef Erin Gardner, make our lives so much easier! She starts off by giving you tips for making the better cake, and then decorating it.This book is so clever in the fact it has simple tips, color photos, and an expert guiding you along the way. She covers the use of cake-making tools, piping tools, mini cakes, fillings, and so much more!This is a great book to keep on your culinary shelf. Erin Gardner walks you through the different icings, fondant, colors, etc. There is everything in here!! I love this book!!I cannot really say enough about it, but I can tell you if you love to bake, and want a showstopping presentation when you are done, this is the easiest book to do it with. I am basically a beginner and she taught me!!From the simple to the dramatic, there are several recipes in here to be daring with. The Alphabet Cake is just so easy on the eye and pleasing. But for more of a challenge, try the Flower Lattice Cake. WOW! Just take a look....WOW! This is a great addition to my cookbooks and I am glad - so glad she made it.***This ARC copy was given free from Netgalley.com for review purposes.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-29 23:12

    I would like to thank The Taunton Press, Inc. and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy to review. Author Erin Gardner has great advice and words of wisdom, which serves as inspiration to the reader. This comprehensive book on cake decorating is so much more than just a manual on design. The author includes important sections on choosing the right pans, measuring tools, essential decorating tools, and recipes that can bring you success for all aspects of cake decorating. The recipes for mini cakes and cake pops are especially timely, as they are two of the most popular among consumers today. As a cake decorator myself, I was impressed with both the amount of knowledge the author was able to pass on, as well as the clear and concise instructions that even a beginner would be able to follow. My favorite part of Great Cake Decorating is the numerous "idea bubbles" scattered throughout the pages, providing great tips and time saving ideas. This excellent decorating book is ideal for anyone looking to be inspired by the art of cake making and design.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-22 22:18

    GORGEOUS book and would be a marvelous gift for a beginner in cake decorating. it is full of clear photos of the tools needed, great tips, and of course, exquisite cakes.I especially loved the Stained Glass Cake, White on White, and Pearls. The last chapter containes helpful recipes for the basic cake along with frostings and fillings. Reading it ealry in the morning made me hungry!!! Now I wish I had some lemon curd on hand.If you are an advanced cake decorating, you may want to look at the book before purchasing because it seems more targeted to a beginner... I highly recommend this one, even if you just love gathering new recipes and would enjoy the eye candy of the beautiful photos.I received a digital copy of this book from NetGallery in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Conny
    2019-04-06 21:34

    I was given the book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Now I am pretty sure I will never make a wedding cake, but I was very interested in learning some cake decorating techniques. I am a pretty average baker and since I have a little more time on my hands I wanted to improve on my baking skills, as my family is getting smaller I don't need to buy a whole sheet cake for any occasion so I started baking smaller cakes myself, but they always looked so boring. This book has pretty much all of the different decorating technique, with stunning cake pictures to inspire any baker, great step by step instructions, a list of all the things you will need for baking and decorating and lots of helpful hints. Also included are some wonderful recipes for cakes, and frostings. I got my eye on the hazelnut cake and I can't wait to give it a try.

  • Karinosa
    2019-03-20 19:12

    This was a really good book. The way she describes the use of the tools and the way to do things was very helpful. It does not matter if you are a beginner because it is very self explanatory. She explains it and let's you know her techniques and what and why she prefers those things. There were times that I was like."That's why my fondant came out weird!" A lot of great useful tips. It even explains the hard things that I did not think I could even possibly do. Love the recipes! i am going to try this out....again! Wish me luck! I received this ARC from the author via Net Galley for my honest review!

  • Hayzbaw
    2019-04-08 18:21

    This book is fantastic it explains everything; from what tools are used in cake decorating and what these tools are used for, all the way to what items/ingredients are needed for particular patterns and the techniques to complete these patterns (ex: shows you how to cover a cake with fondant with step by step instructions and images).The book has beautiful pictures to keep the reader interested and aid in the use of the instructions as well as some wonderful cake decorating ideas and tips. From basic cup cake decorating to teared cakes - wonderful book.

  • Kim
    2019-04-02 02:25

    I was happy to receive this book from NetGalley. It was a pleasure to read!I love cookbooks. I have hundreds. I guess it’s my book weakness! I also love crafts and have always wanted to get into cakes and cake decorating and this book has inspired me to jump in!The book is beautifully illustrated with wonderful examples of creative decorating ideas. It is an excellent resource with recipes and detailed instructions.Definitely recommend this book!

  • Lizzie Andrews
    2019-04-11 23:38

    What a great book for beginners! It explains everything beautifully and walks you through every step. I loved that this book had the descriptions for cake tools, different processes and techniques. Easy to read and features detailed step by step directions. The photographs are amazing! This book will benefit everyone from beginners to advanced bakers. I wish I had a book like this when I was starting out.

  • Judy
    2019-04-09 22:21

    A beautifully presented book, this guide to cake decorating covered all bases, from the perfect recipes for cakes and icing, to the best methods for decorating, to scrumptious examples of decorated cakes. The text was easy to follow, even for a beginner like me. The photography was simple and the cakes attractively presented. Overall, a good guide to the art of cake decorating.

  • Anita Gomgal
    2019-04-09 02:31

    Vi este título en netgalley y no pude evitar leerlo!!Me encanta la decoración de tartas y es algo que quiero ir aprendiendo.Sin duda es un libro lleno de consejos, de recetas, de técnicas, de estilo de tartas, ideas de decoración y manipulación de fondat... sin duda una buena guía para iniciarte en este mundillo o para mejorar una vez dentro.

  • Angie
    2019-04-10 01:10

    For a beginner like me, this book is all you need to start cake decorating like a pro. From simple things like leveling cakes to fondant, decorating, color mixing and more, this book has you covered. It has beautiful photography that entices you to start getting creative! These cakes are so pretty I'd be loathe to eat them.

  • Paula
    2019-04-10 22:22

    I read this book on loan from NetGalley. It was a delight to read.Excellent resource book for cake decorating. Comprehensive, witty and not intimidating at all. If you want to learn how to bake and decorate cakes professionally or make some splendid cake for a very special occasion, this is the book for you.

  • M.L.
    2019-04-11 00:17

    Great Cake DecoratingI was given an ebook from Netgalley for an honest reviewI’ve wanted to attempt a fondant for a cake and this book gives a recipe for one made with marshmallows. The directions are simple and the basics are given in advance of decorating the end product. This is a good, solid book for the home baker.