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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470099119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470099117
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Create wedding, shower, holiday, and festive kids' cakes

Easy at-home instruction for making and decorating fabulous cakes

Want to make beautiful cakes? This fun, instructive guide gives you simple techniques for creating cakes for all celebrations. You get expert advice in all the basics — from baking to icing to decorating with style. You'll also find delicious foolproof recipes, great ideas for themed cakes, and savvy tips for starting a cake decorating business!

Discover how to:

  • Find ingredients and supplies
  • Make a cake from scratch

  • Use frostings and fillings

  • Cut and serve a cake

  • Troubleshoot cake catastrophes

  • Master creative techniques

About the Author

Joe LoCicero is founder of Practical Whimsy, which specializes in fantastically crafted cakes, recipes, products, and entertaining tips. His lifestyle advice and expertise has been featured nationally in newspapers and magazines.

More About the Author

LoCicero is the creative director and co-founder, with his wife, Lori, of PRACTICAL WHIMSY, a company that celebrates family style with products, recipes, and tips for gatherings.

The Southern-bred LoCicero has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years as a writer -- having written on series for NBC, FOX and Telemundo -- and marketing consultant. He also works wonders as a cake decorator, accomplished chef, creative instructor, party planner, and entertaining guru.

He and his wife champion the importance of communication, family supper, and celebrations, and have given presentations on those topics to corporations, organizations, and educational institutions including MTV, Paramount, Viacom, Turner Broadcasting,and Loyola Marymount University. His column on entertaining, PRACTICAL WHIMSY: Southern Hospitality, Hollywood Style" is a regular feature in "Y'ALL: The Magazine of Southern People." Additionally, he is the Food Contributor for momready.com. LoCicero has been featured in "Cosmopolitan," "Woman's World," several daily newspapers in the U.S. and Canada; radio outlets including Sirius' Martha Stewart Living Radio"; and network affiliate news programs.

LoCicero lives in Los Angeles, where he cooks dinner every night for his wife and their two young children. They have cake as often as possible.

Customer Reviews

If you would like to learn how to decorate a cake then I would reccomend buying this book.
Kurt Brobst
The book is good if you are starting out, but I was expecting to learn some tricks, techniques and I don't feel I got anything more then what I already knew/learned.
Grace Rogers
This is a concise and informative book that gives you a good idea of basic cake decorating.
Samantha

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JOANN G. SISCO on July 13, 2010
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I thought the book would illustrate the "how to's" of cake decorating. It really doesn't, there a some recipes and a few decorating ideas, but if you don't already know how to use the decorating tips, this book will not help you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Frost on November 27, 2007
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If you are new to cake decorating then you will love this book. Its covers great topics such as decorating tips, transporting your cake, how to cut your cake and even gives you some great receipes too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Purple on May 13, 2007
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This is very informative one. I have all the answers in this book and you can really build confidence towards getting into cake decorating business! I have bought some books for decorating but mostly is for picture presentation purposes but this one is really a good one to keep well explained as most of the Books For Dummies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Morris on October 15, 2008
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The recipes in the book were good, but the best part about the book were the simplest tips. Basic information on how to frost cakes was the most valuable, but also the step-by-step guide on how to make specific theme cakes for birthdays, weddings, showers and whatever else the author dreamed up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie L. Wright on September 24, 2009
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I have done cake decorating for many years and have now decided to do it as a side business. This book has really helped me with a lot of things I thought I knew, but actually didn't. I ordered several other books but they still look new, this you can tell has been used. Great cake recipes and ideas about starting a business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Brobst on October 18, 2010
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If you would like to learn how to decorate a cake then I would reccomend buying this book. It gives you the basics of how to make the beginner designs and how to hold the pipping bag. It also has good recipes in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 3989 on July 19, 2010
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This book helped me out a lot. I have been doing cakes now for 3 years and it showed me A LOT of ideas and tips. You'll be happy you bought it. I'm giving it 4 stars because I like a lot of pictures and there wasn't a whole lot but some. Thanks Amazon for the great deal and FAST shipping!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cadance Westover on December 15, 2011
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I thought that this would have more ideas in it and other things to help me with decorating the cakes that I make but it didn't really. I am giving it a 4 star though because I think it is a good book to learning how to decorate a cake I have been doing it for a few years so a lot of the stuff in it I already knew I was thinking it would have had more in it but I still think for someone starting out it would be a good book.
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