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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Winbeckler Enterprises; 1 edition (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930113101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930113100
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roland A. Winbeckler began his cake-decorating career in 1971. He worked in retail bakeries for 10 years, after which he started his own company, Winbeckler Enterprises, from which he produces and sells his instruction books, operates his professional cake decorating classes, and markets some specialty cake decorating supplies through mail order. Born in 1946, he is a lifelong resident of Kent, Washington, U.S.A.

He was a double gold medal winner at the World Culinary Olympics held in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1976.

He is the author of several instruction and pattern books on cake decorating.

He has written many articles for trade magazines dealing with the cake decorating and bakery field including Bakery Production and Marketing and American Cake Decorating.

He has been teaching professional cake decorating since 1975.

He has taught at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York, as well as many other prestigious institutions.

He has been a featured demonstrator at national Retailer's Bakery Association Conventions, the international cake decorators' conventions of the International Cake Exploration Society, and the 1991 Australian National Convention.

He has been featured on several instructional videotapes produced for The Retailer's Bakery Association as well as videos produced for the decorating public.

He has appeared on national television several times on such programs as "To Tell the Truth" and "You Asked for It" and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles throughout the country.

He has created many life-sized cake sculptures for and/or of famous personalities such as Cher, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Wayne Gretzky, Colonel Sanders, Princess Diana, and others.

In 1992, Roland A. Winbeckler was inducted into the International Cake Exploration Society's (ICES) Cake Decorator's Hall of Fame.

Customer Reviews

Amazing designs and techniques.
Pradeep Gnanaprakasam
With some practice I think I can easily follow his directions to create beautiful flowers for my cakes.
Jeanie
Winbeckler is'nt into giving away too many secrets in his book.
Lin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Rice on September 7, 2000
I had to wait 5 weeks for this book to get to me{out of print} & i'm glad Amazon could get it for me.I have just about every book this Author has made & i love them all.As long as you have a little bit of icing decorating experience you can use any of his books.The only reason i rated it 4 stars instead of 5 is because not all the pictures are in color.It does however show the finished product in color.As a matter of fact it will show it in several different colors & on different cakes.What it will show you how to do is bag striping,holly & dogwood leaves,rosebuds,foliage,pinecone,orchid,daffodils,drop flowers, poinsettia,candle,rose,chrysanthemums,pansies,violets, carnations,dahlias and daises.Whew! Alot of stuff in a thin book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lin on November 23, 2007
I wish I had'nt bought this book! My only excuse is that I needed some guidelines for decorating in buttercream, and after reading the reviews, thought this book might do the trick. I was mistaken.

I have given 2 stars, as the recipe is good (I have used it to create buttercream flowers learnt from other books), and the few colour photos look beautiful. However, as a teaching aid, there just is'nt enough detail to help the reader achieve what is shown. What is there is sketchy at best, with no clear instructions to help overcome problems a learner would face. The book is too thin for the price...it just feels like everything is condensed and crammed in.

This book may help if you are already an accomplished buttercream artist, like the author, but definitely not if you're looking to learn something new. Winbeckler is'nt into giving away too many secrets in his book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Cuevas on November 4, 2010
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I am taking a icings flower class from a bakery/cake supply shop. This is a suggested book, so I bought it. Waste of money. I did not read that it was only 34 pages. Every cake is based on the oval you see on the front. Just different beautiful flowers on each one. Very little teaching at all. The teaching is in black and white, too. I should not have bought this book. I am taking my second decorating class. This book seems like someone experienced would use. For the amount of money, you can find a book with alot more ideas.

P.S Anybody taking any kind of cake decorating class should take them from a bakery/cake supply shop. It will be ten times more beneficial than the Michael's or Hobby Lobby's Wilton classes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dottie on March 9, 2011
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Wish I could have seen a few pages that were in the book. Directions for making the flowers were hard to see, and not easy to understand. There are directions on how to make an orchid out of buttercream, that I have never seen before. This would have been worth the book, wish it was more detailed. Everything else is in other books, and I would not have bought it if I were in a book store.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2008
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I purchased this book in November looking for ideas to decorate a cake for a Christmas party. The concepts and designs are beautiful, however, I found that the instructions were not very easy to follow. I could not recreate some of the flowers which were illustrated. Apart from that, I love the way he layout his designs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Hyduke on May 12, 2007
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I love the creative ideas in this book. The icing recipe is simple and delicious and the arrangements inspire me!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mattie on April 21, 2005
After having made the icing recommended for the decorations, I was able to really see a dramatic improvement in my decorating. Roland Winbeckler's books and video on writing on cakes and color mixing are the best. The books are really pamphlets but they are packed with information. You have to follow his instructions and practice, practice, practice. My family and friends are more impressed than ever with my beautiful cakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pradeep Gnanaprakasam on March 21, 2011
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This book is great for Butter cream icing lovers. Amazing designs and techniques. But will work best for people who have some knowledge and are handy with butter cream application. It is not a step by step book, but great for getting new ideas and flower arrangements. If you have a background doing butter cream and you have this book, you can improvise great designs. Not recommended for newly starting folks.
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