200 Tips for Cake Decorating: Tips,Techniques and Trade Secrets

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An indispensable compendium of essential knowledge and troubleshooting tips.

Tapping into the hottest (and most persistent) trend in the craft cooking market, this book is crammed with information on the art and craft of using fondant. Today, a tastefully decorated cake is expected for birthday parties, weddings and any important celebration. A simple iced cake without a handmade fondant character or flowers is downright dull, no matter how ...

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Overview

An indispensable compendium of essential knowledge and troubleshooting tips.

Tapping into the hottest (and most persistent) trend in the craft cooking market, this book is crammed with information on the art and craft of using fondant. Today, a tastefully decorated cake is expected for birthday parties, weddings and any important celebration. A simple iced cake without a handmade fondant character or flowers is downright dull, no matter how good it may taste.

200 Tips for Cake Decorating shows why fondant is so popular. Its smooth surface, vivid colors and moldable texture allow bakers to roll it, cut it, model it and color it. With basic skills and minimal equipment, bakers can create entertaining toppers for cakes and cupcakes.

The book includes make:

  • Fondant
    Basics
    — A beginner's kit, improvising tools, fondant recipes; coloring, flavoring and storing fondant, transporting cakes
  • Covering Cakes and Boards — Sponge cake and fruitcake; slicing, filling and covering with buttercream; rolling out fondant; stacking cakes, covering cake boards, using supports, ribbons
  • Decorative Techniques — Tools and molds; painting, frills and fancies; models, cutters and crimpers; piping, lacework, dots, broderie anglaise, writing
  • Modeling — Making figures, personalizing characters, making animals and flowers, recipes.

"Try It" panels encourage bakers to use their own creativity when making decorations and models using simple, innovative techniques. "Fix It" panels show how to solve problems, improvise and avoid disasters.

What makes this book extra special is that almost all of the techniques and designs are achievable without having to buy special equipment. Beginners can start with what they have in their kitchen and add tools as they progress, making this a practical guide for all cake decorators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770852020
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/8/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 598,651
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Deacon has been an internationally renowned professional cake decorator for 20 years. She has won prestigious awards for her work, appears on television, writes in magazines and is a best-selling author of numerous books.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword
About this Book

Chapter 1: Cake basics

Essential equipment
Using additional kit
Improvising tools
Cake recipes
Preparing the perfect cake
Working on a small scale
Stacking cakes
Using ribbons

Chapter 2: Fondant

Fondant varieties
Coloring fondant
Storing and transporting fondant
Covering cake with fondant
Covering boards
Painting and drawing on fondant
Fondant frills and fancies
Molds, cutters, and crimpers
Writing on fondant
Making fondant figures
Making fondant animals
Making simple fondant roses
Making flowers with cutters
Applying fresh flowers
Marzipan

Chapter 3: Buttercream

Making your own buttercream
Frosting a cake with buttercream
Creating different buttercream finishes
Piping with buttercream
Piping animals and faces
Frozen buttercream transfers
Buttercream flowers

Chapter 4: Chocolate

Working with chocolate
Ganache
Decorating with chocolate
Chocolate cake pos and truffles

How to make and use templates
Topper directory
Conversions
Glossary and suppliers
Index
Credits

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Preface

Foreword

I started cake decorating by accident—a friend needed a birthday cake and asked me to make one for her. It was an innocent enough request, but it sent me, piping bag in one hand, whisk in the other, down a path of sugary discovery. Much of what I learned was by trial and error since there was nothing like the amount of information and equipment around then that there is now. I kept on baking, and this book is a way of passing on some of that information. I hope that dipping in and out of these pages will take some of the effort and mystique out of the craft of cake decoration, and encourage many more of you to have a try.

Fondant wishes,
Carol Deacon

About this book
Suitable for any level of cake decorator from the professional to the beginner taking their first sticky steps into the world of cake decorating, this book contains over 300 hints, tips, expert secrets and problem-fixing solutions. Split into four chapters, the reader can use the succinct information and photographs to help with any cake decorating project.

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