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"Roses are the flowers of romance, and are therefore perfect for weddings. With 130+ pages of floral design, Sugar Roses for Cakes by Tombi Peck, Alan Dunn, and Tony Warren will have your perfect rose waiting between its pages. The three sections of this book, Traditional Roses, Climber and Rambler Roses, and Modern Roses, hold not only roses, but also different arrangements for you to create for a special day." —Madison Bowes, AllFreeDIYWedding.com

About the Author

Tombi Peck is a founding member of the British Sugarcraft Guild and the author of Decorative Touches.

Alan Dunnis a leading sugarcraft designer whose books include Wild Flowers Sugar Inspirations, Floral Wedding Cakes & Sprays, and Exotic Sugar Flowers for Cakes.

Tony Warren, known for his delicate extension and filigree work, teaches sugarcraft and works for a large sugarcraft company.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Merehurst Limited; Hardcover with Jacket edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185391908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853919084
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not only EXQUISITE to look at, but very detailed in its instruction. Since it is mainly roses, you get more varieties, which I find a tremendous bonus, since most cakes only display your basic white, red or pink rose. The book is separated into luxurious flower arrangements (that highlight a certain variety of rose) and the following pages tell you in detail how to create that rose, the other plants in the arrangement, and to assemble. All of the pages, including the ones of directions, are in lush full color photographs, and laid out as beautifully as the incomparable flower arrangements. Worth EVERY penny.
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This volume deals with just about every rose ever grown as well as other flowers to accompany them in arrangements and on cakes. I like the step-by-step color photos. There's a cake on page 70 that stopped me dead. I always look for the show stopper cakes and this is one of them. Templates are inclueded.
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This book is really for the advanced sugar artist and there isn't anything wrong with that! Not all books can meet all needs and they shouldn't have too. I love this book as I love to make roses. These people are great detailed artist and make flowers that defy being called "not real"! For instance, one rose has 6 caylix pieces instead of the usual 5 and they go to the lengths to cut one extra and attach it! If this were a cook book, it would be "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child, volume one. The flowers are awsome and the photos are beautiful, just don't expect it to be for beginners. It is for the advanced rose maker. There are other flowers in the book, but roses dominate.
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This is an absolutely gorgeous book. There are a variety of roses arranged creatively on elegant, simple cakes which serve as props for showcasing the flowers. The focus here are not the cakes, therefore it is assumed that you have already prepared your cake to your liking. The authors strive to teach the art of making a perfect rose. Being an absolute beginner at sugar paste, I can tell you I am not ready for this book yet since I lack the basic sugarcrafting knowledge. So if you are looking for a very basic, beginner's book, this is not it, but this is a book to "grow" into.
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I'm a great Alan Dunn and Tombi Peck fan, as their books never disappoint. Not only are they great demonstrators, their books (this one is no exception) provide superb step by step instructions with great illustrations. Whether I'm looking for inspiration on design, or how-to instructions, I turn to one of two authors - Alan Dunn is one of them. I like the way he structures his books logically. This one covers the subject of roses, and it's the logical place to look if you want to know how to construct just about any variety you can think of!
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I have never worked with gumpaste before or made flowers by hand like the book instructs. But I found all of the examples and instructions to be spot on. The flowers I made looked near exact to the picture (I tweaked the flower just a tad, adding my own touch.) Everything is carefully explained and the glossary in the back does just what it is should with easy-to-understand definitions of the contents in the book and things some may not know. The pictures are also wonderful and amazing to look at. I love this book.
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By Cecy on February 6, 2011
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I like it very much because this book has printed the cutters, even if you can buy it you gonna be able to use these patterns to make you fondant flowers ,, the book has the instructions but I believe needs more pictures about the procedures to make you flowers
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I had this book on my wish list for a long time and, finally, I got it. I am not disappointed, but I am a little bit intimidated. There is no way I my roses will ever compare to this perfection, but that is my fault, not the books.

It has excellent step-by-step instructions (even though, on occasion, the text and the photo are a bit different like when they tell you to make a pale pink cone and show a yellow one). You see each step in side-by-side progression, which is helpful because you know what your flower is supposed to look like at each stage instead of wondering where you went wrong at the end.

The authors are so far above the usual cake decorator that they even give instructions on how to make your own leaf veiners so that the leaf is exactly the one that goes with the flower (using materials I've never heard of and may not be called the same thing in the US). A lot of the products listed are not available here (at least by that name)so we have to try to find something similar.

They are very consciencious, perhaps compulsively so. When they make a rose, it is not a generic pink rose, it is a dead-ringer for a particular variety of pink rose, the Mme. Cecile Brunner rose. I am not that picky,as long as it generally looks like a pretty pink rose. After all, neither I nor my clients are botanists (and I will make it a point to never make a rose for someone who is).

Every detail is realistic. Their shading is impeccable, I have struggled to find dusts that achieve both the color depth and translucency required for a certain realism. They not only have the materials, but an absolute sense of how to use them. The way the sprays are assembled, the way the petals are placed, the way the leaves and stems are arranged--flawless.
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