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Romantic Wedding Cakes (Merehurst Cake Decorating) Hardcover – January 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Merehurst Cake Decorating
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Merehurst Limited; Hardcover with Jacket edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853918598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853918599
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Renowned sugar artist Kerry Vincent shares not only her breathtaking cakes, but the how-to's on these signature recipes."—Elegant Bride

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I must admit I have been thrilled to see so many reviews from cake artists saying how much they have enjoyed Romantic. Thank you all so very much for that. I have had three inquiries relating to some confusion about identifying the equipment and matching the vendor. I spent many hours researching and cross referencing each so that it would be easy for readers to understand, locate and access. Just in case others have questions, each tool is listed in the recipe supply list and alongside each there is a set of initials, e.g. (OP) check the suppliers list and this would translate to Orchard Products. In the suppliers guide each is listed in the country of origin and when appropriate, the address, phone, fax, e-mail or website iformation is given. These were correct when we went to press. I have chosen and used many inexpensive things from hobby craft stores, these of course have no code numbers but are easily identified. I stayed away from very expensive sugar craft equipment to make it affordable to all. Many of the tools have been used repetitively throughout the book so the real shopping list is very small considering the variety of cake designs. I hope Romantic will contribute something positive in each designers creative life as well as becoming a serious resource reference

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Customer Reviews

I bought this book when I was only a beginner in cake decorating.
Tina Lin
Even having seen some of the edited text before publication as the book progressed, I was still amazed at the quality of the final copy.
Maxine Boyington
Vincent succeeds in awing the reader of "Romantic Wedding Cakes" with her haute couture wedding cake designs.
C. Bennett

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Bennett VINE VOICE on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Prepare to be amazed. Prepare to gawk and stare. Prepare to savor cakes beyond your wildest imagination. Who knew cakes could be like this? Who knew cakes could transcend the palate and fill the eyes as well? Kerry Vincent will surprise and astonish you in her book "Romantic Wedding Cakes."
Vincent is an accomplished sugar designer and cake stylist. She is the co-founder of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. This book is for cake enthusiasts, and brides looking for a couture cake design. From the baroque tiara cake, to the innovative shoes made entirely out of sugar, Vincent will earn her title as cake stylist. Each of these cakes is entirely unique; the styles have not been copied or borrowed from other sources. The originality and sparkle of the designs will strike you from the very first page.
"Romantic Wedding Cakes" also features designs primarily done in fondant.
Vincent succeeds in awing the reader of "Romantic Wedding Cakes" with her haute couture wedding cake designs. This is the ideal book for brides who are seeking an original and show-stopping wedding cake. It is also a source of inspiration for cake decorators and cake stylists looking for something new. It is a book that will spark the imagination, and engage the visual senses. Kerry Vincent has succeeded in creating a stunning book of wedding cakes.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheriff on February 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book online, without the opportunity to browse through the pages. There is no denying that the designs have intricate, exquisite details, and the finished products are gorgeous. I especially admire the high-heeled shoes and the violin, both with floral and leaf accents.

However, these cakes are much better suited for display windows than for plates. I am a cake decorator looking for design ideas, and I suspect most brides looking for wedding cake inspiration would not choose any of the designs in this book, unless they had an unlimited cake budget and a preference for very modern styles.

I'm no Colette Peters, but I love her books because at least you can take her ideas and adapt them--create one or two tiers instead of six, or skip the pounds of luster dust and use beads or ribbons. These designs would be extraordinarily difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to make. They're all fondant, with draping and other details that don't translate into better-tasting buttercream. When I look at these pictures, I can't help but be impressed by the details and the technical skill, but for all the elegance, the cakes lack personalized charm.

I applaud the contributers and Vincent for this compilation of distinctive, original designs. I just don't think they're the kind of cakes most people want to make or order for themselves.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tina Lin on March 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when I was only a beginner in cake decorating. I remember how disappointed I was when I received this book --- it was beautiful, but not practical at all to me at the time. All the gum paste and fondant work were just too difficult and new to me (and the whole book IS about gum paste and fondant, no buttercream and royal icing whatsoever).
Now that I have completed my gum paste classes and am doing my fondant course, this book became a great reference book! There are indeed some tools that can't be found in any store where I live, but the ideas and designs are amazing!
If you are looking for a book in fondant and sugar art, this book is highly recommaded. But if you are looking for a beginner's tool book or something more practical, I will say Wilton's tool books are a lot better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen Hall on November 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've been a decorator and instructor for approximately 16 years. I have had opportunity to purchase and use many books during that time and I've had the chance to take additional classes for myself as well.
Kerry Vincent's book is like being in class with a wonderful teacher. The designs are beautifully executed and her instructions are detailed, yet easy to read and understand. The pictures of the cakes are well presented and clear (unlike some books I have seen) and there is an abundance of "how-to" pictures for those of us who grasp a concept better by seeing it than by reading about it. Her tips on transporting and setting up the finished product are great as well.
I would recommend this book without hesitation to anyone, beginner or professional, who is interested in working with rolled fondant or is simply looking for some inspiration to improve their own work in the area.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Becky Willard on February 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I collect wedding cake books,and have for 14 years. this book is a wealth of modern information and fresh ideas. I have paid alot of money for some of the books and been very disapointed. Romantic wedding cakes is a steal at any price. You will not be disapointed in this book. No line drawings here just beautiful page after page.Kerry constantly pushes the limit of what can be done with sugar, and I thank her for that. This will be my favorite wedding cake book until Kerry's next book is out! Thank You Kerry for SHARING!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "cherylshuen" on May 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kerry Vincent opens my eyes on design possibilities of wedding cakes, and how fine a work could be. To all wedding cake decorating lovers, this is a must have! The useful step by step illustrations and full colour diagrams give a clear instruction of how skills and techniques could be performed. Recipes, method of setting up a wedding cake even cake table arrangement is included.
For brides who want something special, than ordinary wedding cakes decorated with flowers only, this is a book that you could get inspired. Perhaps not a complete duplicate of any wonderful cakes in the book, you could definitely find something you will like and you wish to have on your dream cake!
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