Creative Cakes Anyone Can Make [NOOK Book]


Jill Foster makes cake decorating as easy as writing your name. With her unique write-way method, if you can write your name you can decorate a cake. Anyone can make beautiful homemade cakes like the ones seen in magazines.

This full-color, illustrated book includes a DVD demonstrating the original, handwriting-based, cake decorating techniques and offers tools, tips, and creative ideas for all sorts of holidays, including birthdays for all ...

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Jill Foster makes cake decorating as easy as writing your name. With her unique write-way method, if you can write your name you can decorate a cake. Anyone can make beautiful homemade cakes like the ones seen in magazines.

This full-color, illustrated book includes a DVD demonstrating the original, handwriting-based, cake decorating techniques and offers tools, tips, and creative ideas for all sorts of holidays, including birthdays for all ages, religious events, baby showers, bridal showers, and weddings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418554095
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Jill Foster is an expert of cake decorating methods. She has over 20 years of experience and was a professional cake decorator for bakeries and caterers for six years. Now a children's minister and mother, Foster continues to make her beautiful, professionally styled cakes for friends and family while sharing her sensational method with America in her first book.
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creative cakes anyone can make

By jill foster

Thomas Nelson Publishers

Copyright © 2007 Jill Foster
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-40160-312-0

Chapter One

Tools and Toppings

Before we get started, you'll need a few tools and toppings. Like an artist, a carpenter, or a seamstress, you need a handy tool kit to hold all your essential tools. Once you've collected these items, you will be able to create all the cakes in this book.

Your tool kit can be as simple or elaborate as you want. I recommend a plastic shoebox, tackle box, or craft organizer to keep all your cake decorating supplies in your kitchen, ready to use. Some of the items below you may already have in your home. The rest can be purchased at your local grocery, craft, or discount store. Most of the items pictured in this book were purchased at Wal-Mart and Target.


1. Food Color Paste or Gel

Food coloring for a cake decorator is like the paint an artist uses. There are several different kinds of coloring, such as pastes, gels, or liquids. These are found in grocery stores, craft stores, specialty stores, or online. The liquid food coloring found in your local grocery store will do, but the color isn't as vibrant and you will have to use a lot of drops. Adding color paste to white frosting produces vibrant colors. Each cake recipe in this book lists the food colors needed, and with blue, red, green, yellow, violet, and pink in your tool kit, you can make every design in the book.

2. Freezer Plastic Storage Bags or Disposable Pastry Bags

Freezer storage bags work great as decorator bags. Just cut off a small piece of one of the corners and insert a tip. They hold a tip and frosting well and can be stored in the refrigerator for six weeks. Disposable pastry bags are made especially for cake decorators and are very sturdy. You can find them in the cake decorating aisle in your local discount store.

3. Decorating Tips

Although professional cake decorators often use twenty or more different tips, in this book we'll use only seven that I consider essential. Each tip has a universal number. If you cannot find the exact number tip, find the one closest to it. Decorator tips can be found in most discount stores or craft stores. I prefer to use the metal tips instead of the plastic tips. They will last you a lifetime and will keep their shape and performance. I recommend these:

#2 - Small writing tip #21 - Large star tip #4 - Medium writing tip #104 - Medium rose tip #16 - Medium star tip #352 - Medium leaf tip #18 - Small star tip

4. Metal Straight Spatula

A straightedge metal spatula is essential to a cake decorator. It has multiple uses and will last you a lifetime. You will use it to spread frosting, fill cakes, fill a decorator bag, and smooth your frosting to make a perfect finish. There are many sizes to choose from-I personally use four-inch and six-inch spatulas.

5. Turntable

You don't need to buy an expensive cake-decorating turntable. I use a lazy Susan of the sort used in pantrys and cupboards-they spin well and clean easily with hot soapy water. You can find inexpensive lazy Susans at any discount or kitchen store.

6. Sharp Knife, Scissors, and Dental Floss

These common household items are handy when decorating a cake. Use a small sharp knife to cut pieces of candy or chopsticks. A large knife, like a bread knife, is used to level your cake. Scissors are used in cutting pieces of candy, lifting off roses, and snipping the ends of your decorator bag. Dental floss is great when leveling a larger cake.

7. Ruler

When cutting sticks for a tiered cake, it is important to cut them the correct height and the same height. A ruler is also used to measure lines across a cake.

8. Bamboo Sticks

Many of the cake designs in this book require the use of bamboo sticks. They can be easily cut with a sharp knife or scissors and pierce well into candy and cakes. Bamboo sticks can be found in most grocery stores in the kitchen utensil aisle.

9. Chopsticks

Chopsticks are used to make beautiful roses (see pages 25-26 in Chapter Three) and for stacking tiered cakes. When you order Chinese food, save your chopsticks-or purchase them at a grocery store in the Asian food aisle.

10. Cake Plates

Every cake needs a place to sit. Find colorful and beautiful cake plates or flat dinner/serving plates to complement your cake. Most of the plates used in this book were inexpensive and easy to find at a local discount store or thrift store. During the holidays, you can find festive plates to add color and charm to your cakes.

11. Cake Boards

Cake boards are needed when making tiered or stacked cakes. Using a cake board to hold your cake allows you to stack it on top of another cake without the cake board showing. When buying cake boards, you want to find one the same size as your cake pan. Cardboard cake boards can be found in the cake decorating aisle of your craft store.

12. Cake Pans and Bowls

Any ovenproof pan or bowl can be used to bake a cake. Most of the cakes in this book require 8-inch pans (and up to 14-inch pans for wedding cakes). Square pans and rectangle pans are also required in other cake designs. A few of the cake designs require an oven-safe mixing bowl or 4- to 6-cup measuring cup. The new silicone cake pans are fine as long as the cake comes out firm and sturdy when cooled. When choosing the cake pan or bowl for a cake design, use the chart on page 10 in Chapter Two to help plan for the number of cake mixes/recipes needed, as well as the approximate serving size of each pan.


Along with the colored frosting, each cake design is adorned with toppings that add creativity and color.

1. Candies

There is a large variety of candy sold today and multitudes of ways to use it. Throughout the book you'll see many useful ways to use candy-and the best part about colorful candy toppings is they are edible! (See page 165 for a candy glossary.)

2. Flowers

Flowers bring beauty to any cake and are especially nice on anniversary, bridal shower, and wedding cakes. If you are unable to find fresh flowers, most discount or craft stores carry silk flowers that look like the real thing. When using fresh flowers, wash them gently so they're free of any possible pesticides. They should be thoroughly dry before being placed on the cake.

3. Theme Items

A few of the cake designs in this book require purchasing a decoration to add to the cake. Whether it is a toy pony, a baby bottle, a baby doll, or a stemmed margarita glass to hold a tiered wedding cake, they all complement the cakes. All of the themed decorations used in this book were inexpensive and found at a local discount store.

Next let's take a look at our canvas-a perfect cake-and learn how to prepare the icing.


Excerpted from creative cakes anyone can make by jill foster Copyright © 2007 by Jill Foster. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents


one Tools and Toppings....................1
two The Right Cake and Frosting....................7
three The Write Way to Cake Decorating Method....................19
four It's a Party! Birthday Cakes....................27
five Hallmark Holiday Cakes....................67
six Shower Power Cakes....................93
seven Celebration Cakes....................111
eight In His Steps Religious Cakes....................127
nine Dessert on a Dime Fancy Cakes....................143
ten Love Is in the Air! Wedding Cakes....................151
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

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    This book WAS GREAT i enjoyed every it of the book espcially page 52 it was an awsome cake. Jill uses a great mehod that made me look at making a cake very easy I RECCOMENDED it GET IT it is very good! THANK GOD FOR JILL FOSTER

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    Great book

    Very helpful! She has wonderful ideas!

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