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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Merehurst Limited; Hardcover with Jacket edition (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903992338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903992333
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debbie Brown is an accomplished cake decorator, author, and teacher who has written several successful cake decorating books, including Enchanted Cakes for Children, 50 Easy Party Cakes, and Cartoon Cakes.

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The instruction in the book is pretty great, too.
Shoshona O. Haskins
As always I love all of Debbie Browns books, this one is no exception.
A. Porter
I'd recommend it to anyone who loves decorating cakes.
M. Thomas

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Soozanne on February 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Full of great designs to copy - I have made at least 3 already - but the instructions are a bit disjointed so you keep having to go back over them to find out what your supposed to do next and the images are only semi-helpful. Shows a great photo of the end product but not really how to get there.

I have been decorating for years and most my cakes turn out sort of like the picture but not exactly. The icing colours, the modelling and the covering - you really need to have some sort of skill or decorating experience to achieve these designs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oren Root on February 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Debbie is very talented and she's got some great ideas for cakes. However, Debbie has a tendency to keep to herself important parts of the assembly and skip some phases. You can use your imagination and talent to fill in the blanks, but it will not come out exactly like the picture.

It's like getting a magician's book that shows you the tricks, but doesn't teach you how to perform them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diane on July 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I made the cake on the cover of the book and was pleased with the outcome. I have dabbled in sugarpaste before so this does help. However, all of Debbie's books are clear and concise. Highly recommended to anyone who is serious about making a unique cake, which requires patience and the will. The book is worth the pictures alone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shoshona O. Haskins on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
the ideas in this book are absolutely worth every penny! The instruction in the book is pretty great, too. So why didn't I give it a full 5 stars? Because it doesn't show you how to do each step. They tell you to make a piece, and while visually you think it should be easy, there are actually tricks to getting the fondant to do what you want. And those visual and verbal steps are not shared.
Only drawback to this book.

However, would I give it back based on that small flaw? Never in a million years!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Sugary on April 21, 2008
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This book is not really for beginners, but I didn't want a book for beginners! I love all the ideas I got from it and cannot wait to try them! I have all of Debbi Brown's books now. I don't have one that I cannot use! Some of these cakes are very involved, but there are ways you can simplify them. Debbie Brown is fairly good at explaining things and demonstrating in photos, so you can understand easier. But, buyer beware: it looks easy, but it is difficult to get your cakes to look like hers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Locke on November 16, 2010
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I have messed about with fondant, but was new to gumpaste when I attempted a cake in this book. Her descriptions are not quite as helpful as I'd would have liked. Especially the figures. Luckily you can alter as needed and it will still be a good cake. There are plenty more that I will be attempting in time. My mother (in her 50s) loved the fairy/waterfall cake (its included in the image list). I still have a lot to learn.

Patience, practice and adequate prep are much needed. Not easy to do. But worthy challenges for those who want it.

I didn't use her cake mixes or her recipes for fondant/gumpaste etc. I used box cakes (the decoration was enough for me), homemade marshmallow fondant, and wilton's gumpaste mix. Used toothpicks instead of sugar sticks for the figure and some of the mushrooms. Knew they wouldn't be eaten.
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Format: Hardcover
Gorgeous designs and variety. Similar to what others have said, the typical beginner who hasn't had training will be totally lost or toally overwhelmed. I found myself saying, "Where do I find that item?", "When do I prepare that part again?" --- and that level of detail just isn't here. An experienced cake maker could copy the designs and know when to start different things to minimize bake and design time, but for a creative beginner like me, there is no way I can actually do any of these without spending hours of extra time backtracking steps, rereading, and mixing colors and fondant as I realize I need them rather than having a solid plan or recipe for the entire design ahead of time.
5 stars for the designs; 3 stars for the instruction.
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Format: Hardcover
I adore this book and had such a hard time choosing which cake to make first. I am a hobby cake decorator and found the cakes reasonable to do. The directions are very clear, but if you are not familiar with some of the techniques, it will take some practice working with the fondant and cake to get the perfect looking cake. My children are constantly flipping through the pages and picking out their next Birthday cakes a year away.
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