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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471214620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471214625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whether blowing out birthday candles or cutting the first piece at a wedding, there are no cakes better suited to wishing and dreaming than Colette’s enchanting creations."
--Donna Ferrari, Food & Wine Director, BRIDE’S Magazine

"Colette is an inspired artist who follows a road never-before traveled. Her cakes are amusing and loveable, and they defy gravity. Colette’s creations awaken the childlike spirit in all of us."
--Jacques Torres

"Colette’s innovative style and approach are vivid and unique. Her work is an inspiration! This is a brilliant and innovative composition of edible art!"
--Ewald Notter, Notter
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“World-famous cake designer, Colette Peters, presents a vibrant collection of distinctive creations to inspire home cake makers of all abilities.” (Cakes & Sugarcraft, Autumn 2007)

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The instructions: Very easy to follow.
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I recommend it for all people that want to learn how to decorate beautiful cakes and love to do it.
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It is really for those of us who already know how to decorate cakes using fondant and gumpaste.
L. Cortesi

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201 of 209 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 19, 2005
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`Cakes to Dream On', subtitled `A Master Class in Decorating' by major American pastry artist and teacher, Colette Peters has the ambition to be an advanced class in multi-tiered cake decorating. This ambition is not to be taken lightly, as there is very little in this book for the amateur home / bake sale cook. This is not to say that the book is not chocked full of great ideas, if you already know a lot about how to work with royal icing, fondant, marzipan, and multi-layered cakes. I have made a two and three layered birthday cake in my day, but these creations are entirely out of my league.

The book consists of four general parts. The first part is the first chapter on `How to Make a Decorated Cake', which covers materials to use as the base of a multi-layered cake, who to reinforce the layers, and how to make crooked cakes on purpose. For those few of you out there who actually make tiered cakes, this is one of the more useful topics, although I confess much of it is pretty common sensical.

The second part of the book is the next eight (8) chapters, which are almost all alike in being simply collections of decorated cakes done by the author and her company with instructions on how to make these cakes and their decorations. The instructions assume the person making the cake has access to a lot of specialized tools, materials, and specialized training.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By L. Cortesi on August 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I took this class with Colette Peters this summer, and this book now makes sense to me. It is really for those of us who already know how to decorate cakes using fondant and gumpaste. This is much more about the engineering of these crooked cakes, and techniques. Definately not for the beginner.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Jordan Hines on February 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a (very) amateur cake decorator. I have been using Ms. Peters' books to make cakes for about 5 years, now. I have always been impressed at how she is able to show you in her books exactly how to create one of her cakes. I feel very successful creating cakes that I never could without the help of these books. This latest is no exception. I will never rise to the level of Ms. Peters' artistry, but she gives me something to strive for. And whenever I attempt to recreate one of her cakes, I get raves (I just don't show them the photo of how the cake is SUPPOSED to look).

These books are so much fun, and I have learned a lot from them without ever having taken a class.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B Tricci on January 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely mind-blowing.

I was not familiar with Ms Peters' work previously and after seeing this book was inspired to take a look at her earlier books. It was interesting to see how she has developed since "Colette's Cakes" -- her imaginative designs, her sense of color, her sense of whimsy -- even her writing, has grown with her talent.

This is, however, 'A Master Class in Decorating' as the title indicates. Although I think an attentive beginner could readily follow her instructions, as with anything, innate talent and experience will play a large part in the end result.

I imagine there will be those who will look at this book and think it is far too elaborate for the average person capabilties.

Well, if one never aspires to greater heights, one will always be.......average.

This is a book for inspiration.

Bravo!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Pruneda on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I bought this book, I though it was going to be very instructional and as the name says that it was going to be a Master Class, I was very disappointed, this book is only a catalog of the cakes Colette is able to accomplish and photos on how they looked.
In terms of learning it does not provide anything, there is very little explaining, no step by step instructions nor photos for the whole construction process (which would be needed due to the complexity of the designs presented), recipes range from 80 guests to up to 200.
I guess the author wasn't even interested in scaling the recipes for "regular" cooks.
If you want only to look at the pictures, then you can visit her website, if you want to actually learn then this is not for you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Henriksen on August 26, 2005
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Colette keeps on surpassing herself. Every cake in this book is beautiful. It's not a book for beginners, but if you're an intermediate decorator (like I am) or beyond, you'll find lots of ideas and inspiration here. The book is also very well designed. A pleasure to look at, and a great teaching tool.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fkdeco on February 8, 2005
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I tried just her basic cake recipe in the back of the book, and it was to die for ,plus the chocolate mousse filling/ frosting my friends went crazy, and the fondant worked for me and I had never ever made a rolled fondant , I need more practice, but I was estatic that I got decent results . Most of the cakes are fantasy cakes ,but it is a great coffee table book that has real recipes that work . I think it is worth the price and I hate spending money
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