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Colette's Wedding Cakes Paperback – April 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316702706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316702706
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colette's wedding cakes are definitely a scene stealer.
Samee
If you are a bride looking for unique wedding cake designs, this book is full of non-traditional ideas, organized by each season.
J. Sheriff
Lots of beautiful cakes with the instructions on how to make them.
Sarah Smolik

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I always enjoy looking at any of Colette's books. While I personally find several of the designs a bit over the top for my, and most of my bride's, tastes, her creativity is astounding! There are quite a few nice, more toned-down designs as well. The directions are very clear and detailed, unlike some other "celebrity" cake decorators who want to sell books, yet not give away any of their "secrets". Her cakes are interesting to look at, and great for coming up with new ideas, perfect for someone who is looking for something different. I'm always amazed by her creations!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
I"m an amateur cake decorator and enjoy making wedding cakes for family and friends. I"ve used yourbook to do the last two and I found it to be very well written and best of all, unusual and creative like most things I try to do.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Colette Peters is one of the country's most famous wedding cake designers and some of the cakes in this book show why. some of them are just plain silly!! As a cake designer myself, I use this book to show clients the range of cakes that are possible for them to have at their own wedding. Of course many of the cakes are too outlandish for a real bride to consider but the majority are beautifully designed, well photographed and explained step by step for an accurate reproduction. the recipes in the book are wonderful as well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
For anyone, professional or not, with a passion for cake decorating, Ms. Peter's book is a necessary tool.
Though must of her designs are too heavy for my personal taste, her abilities our outstanding, the ideas inspiring and the photos just wonderful!. I found quite easy to follow her instructions and learned some helpful techniques from designs that looked almost impossible to achieve for the average baker...Your background as an artist is impossible to hide Ms. Peters
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheriff on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are a bride looking for unique wedding cake designs, this book is full of non-traditional ideas, organized by each season. From a coral-colored peach cake covered with edible shells for summer, to "stained glass" poinsettias on white for winter, these cakes are elaborate and distinctive.

An aspiring cake decorator can't go wrong with a Colette Peters title on the shelf. I don't think these cakes are just for weddings, either--you can take these ideas and scale them down for birthdays, graduations, business celebrations, showers, etc. The little cottage house stacked on a cake garden would be lovely for a housewarming, another cake with crawling icing ants might be great at a summer family reunion or picnic, etc.

Colette's instructions are clear enough for intermediate decorators, but you'll have to take a deep breath before you actually dive in with a spatula (unless sculpting several hundred flowers, molding sugar vases, or spending your life savings on luster dust doesn't give you pause).

Some of the most impressive designs include Chocolate Fantasia, an exact replica of a Cloisonne Bell, an all-white Edwardian cake covered in grapes, roses, and intricate details, and a cake for a fashion designer with each tier decorated in a different "fabric" pattern.

I agree with other reviewers that many of these design ideas are impractical--many inedible features, difficult to transport, complicated to dismantle and serve, and incredibly time consuming to create. However, these designs are inspiring and beautiful.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dottie on April 19, 2002
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Hmmmm, what can I say. The pictures were fabulous, but the wedding cakes would be extremely difficult to cut and serve. However, you can use a few ideas I suppose. For me, this was too far out to be practical for the home wedding cake baker -- only those who have a lot of time on their hands and nothing better to do than play. I cannot see an average couple wanting a wedding cake like these. Sorry.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for design inspirations for your wedding cake, the cakes in this book are
- In my opinion, kitsch
- Way too extravagant (and expensive) for normal weddings
- Too advanced for local bakers to make
If you want to know how to make wedding cakes, all you'll find in this book are just a few basic recipes. There are no detailed step-by-step instructions for assembling or decorating cakes.
What this book does is showcase Colette Peters' outstanding skills. If you want to see it, I'd recommend a local library....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yasmin on May 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
The cakes in this book are beautiful, but are meant to be created by professionals. There are too many non-edible items that need to be removed from the cake before serving. Impractical.
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