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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589230868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589230866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol Deacon is an experienced cake decorator and demonstrator who began her career in 1992. In 1993 she was the winner of an icing contest sponsored by a leading food magazine and was later appointed cake consultant to an international chain store. Deacon writes regularly for various food magazines including Cake Craft and Decoration and demonstrates regularly on television. She is the author of several other highly successful books.

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Carol Deacon began cake decorating by accident when a friend asked her to make a birthday cake. The idea of combining creativity with model making and something that also tasted great really appealed to her. Early designs won her gold medals in competitions and even a car in an icing competition run by a food magazine. Carol left her then job in advertising and worked for a year at Jane Asher's cake shop in Chelsea, London. Carol then went freelance and as well as running a succesful wedding cake business and writing books, Carol has designed and written for many food and cake magazines and has demonstrated her edible artistic skills in the UK, abroad and on TV. Carol lives in England with her husband, three children and a kitchen full of ideas and sticky bits of icing as she works on ideas for her next book.

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheriff on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first books I purchased when I started decorating, and if I'd known then what I know now, I probably wouldn't have bought it.

Pros: If you like fondant, some of the best designs in the book, including a dragon wrapped around cupcakes, christening cake, Christmas cake, and heart cake, are all about sugarpaste. The instructions are written clearly, and the step-by-step inset photos show you exactly what to do. This book also includes a nice overview of different techniques, including fondant, royal icing, buttercream, chocolate, edible rice paper, and marzipan that allows a beginner to understand the difference between them all. Each cake is also rated on a scale of 1-3 for difficulty, and many have variation suggestions with photos, to give additional decorating ideas.

Cons: If you don't like fondant, this book doesn't offer very many appealing designs. One exception is the "Here's Looking at You" cake with eyeballs peeking out from under a buttercream iced box lid. However, of the 40+ designs in the book, only about 5 or 6 really stand out as something I'd like to make--including the designs with fondant, rice paper, and royal icing.

The patterns, recipes, and tips are helpful, but the design ideas just aren't that inspiring.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bumblebug on January 26, 2008
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This book... Sorry to be so blunt... Is a total crapfest of candy covered monstrosities. 80% of the cakes are covered in candy pieces and many of the pages that require piping for the design offer an alternative "just stick candies on the cake." Yes, the book literally suggests this. It should be titled "Making cakes for kids parties... For dummies." or "How to make a cake that looks like you might know what you are doing." The designs are ALL gaudy except for about 3 cakes, and only a really young child would look right having these cakes at a party. I hate I spent my money on this. I am a Pastry Chef just starting out and I wanted to increase my knowledge and design ideas when it came to decorating cakes and I am glad that I know enough to dismiss many of these designs.

Don't be fooled by the pretty picture on the cover. The simplicity of that cake is not an art. It's a scapegoat in this case.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By skybarr on August 22, 2005
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This book is very helpful for first-time cake decorators. I tried a few of the techniques used in the book and was very happy with the results.
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I bought this for my beginner daughter and she is well pleased with it. She says it is real easy to understand and has many tips for new ideas.
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