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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Photo Guide
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; 1.2.2012 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589236696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589236691
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sugar artist Carpenter (All About Candy Making) perfectly explains her book: 'If you are a beginning decorator, this book will serve as a step-by-step course in cake decorating. If you are an experienced or professional decorator, this book will quickly become your go-to guide when seeking out new techniques.' This is an all-inclusive look at how to make a stunning cake from start to finish. Organized in easy-to-browse sections, it takes readers through the process from preparation, tools, and recipes; to decorating techniques and templates; to extras to make your projects special; to a gallery of designs for inspiration. The numerous photographs are not only visually appealing but educational, and add to the quality of this exceptional work. Essential for anyone interested in baking and decorating cakes." - Library Journal

About the Author

Autumn Carpenter is a nationally known confectionary artist, author, and demonstrator. She has published several books, including the best selling cake book: The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating and The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating, and Decorating Cakes, Cupcake, and Cookies with Kids. Autumn book Let's Bake Angry Birds Cakes will be published in October 2014. She demonstrates annually at the I.C.E.S. (International Cake Exploration Societé ) and travels across the United States, sharing the craft of cake decorating and other confectionary arts. 
Autumn is co-owner of Country Kitchen SweetArt, a retail cake and candy supply store that has been in her family for over 45 years. The business caters to walk-in store sales, catalog sales, and an online store, shopcountrykitchen.com.
Autumn has developed her own line of useful tools and equipment for cake decorating and cookie decorating, and sells them online and in many cake and candy supply stores throughout the United States and in several other countries. Her cakes and products have been featured in numerous publications and magazines including American Cake Decorating and Cake Central. Visit her website, autumncarpenter.com and her blog, autumncarpenter.wordpress.com/

More About the Author

Autumn Carpenter is a nationally known confectionery artist, author and demonstrator. Autumn has been around cakes, candies and cookies her entire life. She demonstrates annually at the I.C.E.S. (International Cake Exploration Societé ) as well as throughout the United States. Autumn is an owner of a confectionery supply store, Country Kitchen SweetArt- WWW.SHOPCOUNTRYKITCHEN.COM. Autumn also has developed a line of cookie and cake decorating tools that are distributed throughout the world. Products developed by Autumn are featured on her website, WWW.AUTUMNCARPENTER.COM and WWW.SWEETELITETOOLS.COM. Autumn travels across the United States, sharing the craft of cookie decorating and other confectionary arts. She also teaches an online cookie decorating class on www.craftsy.com.

Customer Reviews

I like the pictures and the explanations!
Chantel
Loved the step by step pictures, and the easy instructions were simple to follow.
Kim
I had a great time modelling with fondant using this book as a guide.
C. Ang

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Queen Bethany on January 30, 2012
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I had checked out the inside of this book online prior to putting it in my wish list. All the subjects it covers in the contents were everything I needed more information on. I am more the type to learn through not only reading instructions but more so visual-seeing the step by step pictures of how the product ultimately is made and finished. I think that for anyone starting out in making and decorating cakes, this is the best book to start out with. I wish that this book was available when i started because I have so many other cake books that covers a lot of separate things where as this book covers it all. Don't think about it, just purchase it! It's worth the investment in the end!!!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Toni VINE VOICE on June 24, 2012
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From the very talented hands of Autumn Carpenter, comes this wonderful and detailed volume of cake decorating, born of her love of cake decorating and teaching. Her store, Country Kitchen Sweet Art, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana has all things related to cake decorating. And because of that love, plus the myriad of questions she has answered over the years and help she has given so many people in this field, especially those first starting out, she has compiled this manual.

It is written on thick, solid paper with bright colors and clear photography, mostly step-by-step tutorials. It is a heavy book that measures approximately 8"x11" in size so its large and with easy print. It is divided into 4 sections and is color-coded on the page headings.

This would be an excellent book for any beginner, and for those with a need for a good reference book. The photographs are in color, and in ordered numbered. I would venture to say that just the sequential photography alone could suffice for someone for whom English isn't a primary language. Projects are also included at the end of each chapter.

All aspects of cake and cupcake decorating have been covered so that if you see something that you would like, you should be able to do the same, perhaps with a wee bit of planning. Also, many of the tools that are used are easily accessible from craft and hobby stores, and when needed, there are plenty of US companies that can be contacted for the rest.

The four section ares:

SECTION ONE:

Basic Cake Preparation
Every tool and cake decorating toy needed for all the projects in this book, and then some, are listed and shown along with an explanation of each.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kasey on January 24, 2012
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I bought this book and i have to say it is worth every penny. This book covers everything and has pictures to show you everything.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Catalina M. Esquivel on January 26, 2012
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Having met this author at an ICES convention, all I have to say is her book is as awesome as she is! Very informative and full of wonderful pictures and fun and creative designs. This book is a must have if you like to make cakes that are unique and fun!! Great job!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By VC Pro on March 27, 2012
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This is HOW a guide to anything should look like. Has high-resolution, close-up, step-by-step photos for everything - with simple instructions for each step. EXCELLENT for a beginner like me. Because instructions alone cannot teach much. I was waiting for this book for 2 weeks after having placed the order on amazon. It said usually ships in 5-10 days. But after the estimated delivery date had passed, I did not want to wait anymore with uncertainty. So, I canceled the order and ordered from ecookbooks.com on their website. Luckily, they had it in stock and I got the book within 6 days. I needed the book badly as I'm a pastry arts student. This book was not my coursebook but after looking up various cake books, this book, I thought, was ideal for me who is not good at decorating. AND I DID NOT REGRET because it is a GREAT book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Martha on February 9, 2012
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I have brought a lot of cake decorating books over the years.....this one is worth the money. It covers tons, I means TONS of cake decorating skills. It has a great modeling section. It covers everything from basics to more advanced skills, like using certain cake fondant/gumpaste cutters. It even has a section on the Cricut Cake. It should be a must have book in your cake decorating library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gramma Rilla on February 18, 2012
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Awesome book full of recipes and great ideas for decorating with clear mostly-pictured instructions along with suggestions for tools to make the processes easier. I highly recommend this book, even just for fun reading!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Regina Helcher Yost on March 11, 2012
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This book is fabulous! Wonderful pictures and awesome advice on how to decorate cakes. If you're serious about cake decorating, buy this book!
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