The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

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by Autumn Carpenter
     
 

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This book is a comprehensive how-to book about all of the most popular cake decorating techniques, including piped frosting, fondant, and hand modeled figures. For each technique, there is an overview of the tools and materials used and complete instructions with photos. The organization provides easy access to information with step-by-step directions and 600

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This book is a comprehensive how-to book about all of the most popular cake decorating techniques, including piped frosting, fondant, and hand modeled figures. For each technique, there is an overview of the tools and materials used and complete instructions with photos. The organization provides easy access to information with step-by-step directions and 600 full-color photos for clear understanding. Easy projects allow the reader to try the techniques in each section. Galleries of decorated cakes by various artists offer the reader examples and inspiration to pursue the hobby for themselves.

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Sugar artist Carpenter (All About Candy Making) perfectly explains her book: 'If you are a beginning decorator, this book will serve as a step-by-step course in cake decorating. If you are an experienced or professional decorator, this book will quickly become your go-to guide when seeking out new techniques.' This is an all-inclusive look at how to make a stunning cake from start to finish. Organized in easy-to-browse sections, it takes readers through the process from preparation, tools, and recipes; to decorating techniques and templates; to extras to make your projects special; to a gallery of designs for inspiration. The numerous photographs are not only visually appealing but educational, and add to the quality of this exceptional work. Essential for anyone interested in baking and decorating cakes." - Library Journal

Library Journal
From preparing a cake for frosting to adding the final touches, Carpenter's book offers clear, easy-to-follow photos for 40 different projects. (LJ 1/12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589236691
Publisher:
Creative Publishing int'l
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
113,932
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ganache

Ganache is made by mixing heavy cream with chocolate to make a glaze that is satiny and rich. Ganache can be poured over a cake or whipped to spread on a cake. It also makes a delicious filling. This recipe calls for dark chocolate, but ganache can also be made with white, milk, semi-sweet, or bittersweet chocolate. White chocolate is not technically chocolate because it lacks cocoa powder, but the presence of cocoa butter allows it to work similarly to milk, semi-sweet, or bittersweet chocolate. White chocolate can be colored. Use an oil-based coloring to color white chocolate. The cocoa butter content in the chocolate will affect the thickness of the ganache. A couverture chocolate, or a chocolate with a high amount of cocoa butter, is best for ganache recipes. If using a chocolate with a lower cocoa butter content, the amount of cream can be increased. For the richest, best ganache, use real chocolate with cocoa butter, not candy coating, which has various oils. Candy coating is an affordable alternative and may be used, although the quality of the ganache will not be as good.

Ganache Recipe

- 3 tablespoons (42 g) unsalted butter

- 1/3 cup (80 g) whipping cream

- 8 ounces (227 g) dark chocolate

In a heavy duty saucepan, combine cream and butter. Cook on medium heat until it boils. Remove from heat. Add the chocolate and stir until almost all the chocolate is melted. Whisk the ganache until it is thoroughly melted and the icing is glossy. If chocolate has not completely melted, place the saucepan back on the stove. Heat on warm or very low until the chocolate is melted. Pour or spoon over cake.

Yields: 1 1/2 cups (375 mL)

Quality Counts: Chocolate will differ tremendously in flavor, texture, and thickness. The taste and quality of the ganache will depend on the chocolate used. Choose chocolate that is delicious and melts in your mouth when eaten out of the package, and it will make a fantastic ganache.

Storing Ganache

A cake covered in ganache can be kept at room temperature for one to two days. Unused ganache should be kept in the refrigerator. Ganache can be reheated by placing the ganache in the top pan of a double boiler over warm water. If a whipped ganache is desired, allow ganache to come to room temperature before whipping. Ganache may be reheated in the microwave for 5–10 seconds. Stir, then heat again if necessary, until ganache is desired thickness.

Meet the Author

Autumn Carpenter is a nationally known confectionery artist, author, and demonstrator. She has published several books, including The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating, The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating, and Decorating Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. Autumn's book Let's Bake Angry Birds Cakes will be publishedin October 2014. She demonstrates annually at the I.C.E.S. (International Cake ExplorationSociete) and travels across the United States, sharing the craft of cake decorating and otherconfectionery arts.Autumn is co-owner of Country Kitchen SweetArt, a retail cake and candy supply store that hasbeen in her family for over 45 years. The business caters to walk-in store sales, catalog sales, andan online store, shopcountrykitchen.com.Autumn has developed her own line of useful tools and equipment for cake decorating and cookiedecorating, and sells them online and in many cake and candy supply stores throughout theUnited States and in several other countries. Her cakes and products have been featured innumerous publications and magazines including American Cake Decorating and Cake Central.

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The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
FLOWERS402 More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommended this book! The thing I like most about this book are the pictures. Every technique has very good instructions, written and visual. They have included many good visual examples of many techniques. The only down fall I can mention, regarding this book, is that some of the examples take it for granted that you know how to get from point A to point B. If you don't have some knowledge of some of the techniques, you could possibly find yourself wondering how they got there, especially if you get most of your instruction by looking at the pictures rather than reading all of the instruction completely. That being said, I loved this book and highly recommend it!
hotkist More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book for novice cake decorators. It has good step by step instructions and some photos to follow through.
BowdiesGirl More than 1 year ago
Yup, I ended up buying 2!!! I bought the first one for myself and my mom kept stealing it so I bought one for her for Mother's Day. I absolutely love this book. It's like all 4 Wilton Courses, plus some more courses, rolled up into one book! Love, love, love it!
Sandra_Mason More than 1 year ago
This book is without a doubt, the best how to book on cake decorating ever!  It breaks down the steps of all kinds of decorating in simple terms so that any amateur can look like a pro decorating cakes!  It covers basic tools, piping techniques, fondant and gumpastes, sculpting and modeling, edible frosting sheets and much, much more.  It holds the basics and intricated designs of virtually everything you can think of for decorating cakes, and cupcakes.  It is a handy go to guide for a good reference book. The photographs are in color, and in ordered numbered.  It was a Godsend for me at my first endeavor of cake decorating!  I give it 5 magical stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelente libro, muchos tips
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it made the few confusing parts easy to understand visualy
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This is a cute cake that i could be making in my shop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got the sample can't wait to get the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same here