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Fondant Modeling for Cake Decorators: 100 Fondant Features to Top Off a Special Cake Spiral-bound – September 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Spi edition (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554079136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554079131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book comes at a perfect time.... The majority of the book focuses on creating 100 distinct cake toppers or decorative pieces made solely from fondant icing. These range from brides and grooms to cats, sharks, clowns, tractors, and musical notes. Each topper is outlined over one to three pages and is identified as easy, intermediate, or advanced. The spiral binding allows the book to lie open flat for ease of use, and the color pictures and step-by-step instructions make the projects unintimidating. (Susan Hurst, Miami University of Ontario Libraries Library Journal 2011-11-01)

About the Author

Helen Penman has been making fondant cakes for more than 15 years. She designs cakes for Cakes and Sugarcraft magazine and runs her own cake-decorating business, Too Nice to Slice.

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The step-by-step instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
Katy
The book will teach the novice user the basics and spark ideas for all levels of cake decorators.
M. Hill
This book is fantastic and the spiral design is very convenient for use in the kitchen.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
There are recipes throughout the book for cakes, icing and fondant, but that isn't the heart of the book -- it is the construction of figures/cake toppers. Also, if the user wants to save time and incorporate store bought fondant or other ingredients to focus on customizing a cake, that is certainly no problem. The author has created wonderfully imaginative cake toppers, and meticulously deconstructed them for ease of recreation. Some are definitely child oriented, but many of the figures are quite lovely and intricate -- suitable for almost every life event worth celebrating.

The step-by-step instructions included to create each figure/cake topper is tinker-toy easy -- very user friendly.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Christine Lee on October 26, 2011
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This is a hardcover book with spiral binding. When baking, I find it essential that the book stay open and flat so I can refer to it as I bake. I love how this book is made!

Size-wise, the book is small, but content-wise, it's packed! Not only does it contain how to create lots of different little characters in fondant, but it also contains cake recipes, frosting recipes, and recipes to make your own fondant, gumpaste, and marzipan.

I was confused when the book discussed modeling chocolate among all the recipes for all of the above items, but it did not actually include a recipe for modeling chocolate. I'm thinking that this is an error in the book, maybe? It is the first edition, after all. I found a recipe for modeling chocolate online (it's ridiculously simple!), but I think that if it's going to be mentioned with the 'make your own' section of ingredients, then the recipe should be included.

Overall, the book is great! It covers all the tools and techniques you need for creating super cute fondant creatures. I love the step-by-step photos throughout the book. Every page has full-color photos. The pages are thick and glossy.

Be warned that the book is written for a UK audience. Some of the terms used in the book are different for Americans, but this isn't a major hindrance.

This is a well-crafted, interesting, creative, and informative book about making fondant creatures. I feel completely inspired to take my fondant skills to the next level with this. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Delvendiep on January 4, 2013
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Recommend this book to everyone that is attempting cake decorating, from the experienced to the beginner - clear and concise instructions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni Carroll on August 10, 2012
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Cute ideas and good photo instructions. Lots of ideas to inspire you. I would like to see a follow up book with more animals.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By v m shanks on September 6, 2012
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This is a brilliant book for modeling, however the same book with a different cover was released just last year. So beware that you are not buying a book you already have, as I did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kellien on May 8, 2012
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For someone like me, who really wants to get into fondant figurines, this book helps a lot. With the right tools and techniques, you can imagine how to make other things that aren't shown in the book. I was certainly surprised to see how much information the author gave.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Bender on January 14, 2014
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Informative book on modeling. Usually I just go by pics off google for inspiration, but this book taught me techniques and helped me see how to construct a 3D object that is stable. The instructions are easy to follow and the difficulty ratings seem spot on. I made the penguins from the cover and the snowman. :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Cassidy on October 28, 2013
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A great range of things to make. Instructions are clear and easy to follow.ihave made a few figurines already. Good book.
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