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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 6.12.2012 edition (September 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446302008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446302002
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Zoe Clark is one of London's leading wedding cake designers. She is the author of five books on cake decorating and runs the Cake Parlour, where she offers cake decorating classes and bespoke cake design services for every occasion. Zoe has recently started supplying the world-renowned Fortnum & Mason store with an exclusive range of wedding and celebration cakes and cookies. www.thecakeparlour.com

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Customer Reviews

Don' waste your time or money.
Kirby's girl
I was looking for ideas to decorate my booth at tradeshows and this book gave me some great ideas.
Occasional
Love the clear photos, all the tables showing in this book are amazing.
Cristina

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By r m j on May 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Zoe Clark and her publishing company have blatantly stolen the ideas in this book from us, her freelancers, with not even so much as a mention of our names. Everything from the graphic work of the cover itself, to the recipes, techniques,and EVEN the equipment and material(used in the photos), belong to freelance artists who've graciously devoted every waking second of their time, happiness and compassion to further Ms. Clark's selfish cause; to simply measure her self-worth despite all repercussions.

After much deliberation, we had decided not to follow through with any legal action regarding this matter. It is simply not worth butting heads with such self-righteous, callous people. To add insult to injury, these reputable sites carry on revering her name falsely when she didn't even know what a sweet table was if it weren't for her freelancers! We've kept to ourselves long enough.

SHAME ON YOU for taking advantage of aspiring artists. Is this how Zoe and her publishers David & Charles encourage budding talent?

Shame indeed.

Ms. Clark and her counterparts are very aware of who we - the artists- are. We are not vengeful people, but hardworking human beings who DO NOT deserve such ill treatment. To think that a simple 'thank you' would have avoided this debacle, putting ASIDE the empty promises of co-authoring this book! We looked up to Zoe, and did all that we could to help her with her work AND personal endeavours. We felt proud to say that we were part of this incredible team...

What a disappointment.

Unbeknownst to them, Amazon and similar sites are wrongly idolizing Ms. Clark. Credit is due to the artists whose countless hours of labour - a lot of which was FREE - and unconditional support made this book possible.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Toni VINE VOICE on August 5, 2012
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For those who know cake artist and cake decorator Zoe Clark, this is a compilation of sorts, of all the talent and beauty of her profession, rolled into one. Taking her cake, cookies, and treats, she has written a book that shows you how to display them into one of the latest and most creative way of throwing a party...........the visual display.

While most folks try to set up their tables to show their baking efforts, Zoe Clark has joined the ranks of those who know how to do it for a living. So with some time, effort, and patience, you can be as creative as well as learn some new projects.

The book is 128 pages of ideas and help in making your party treats a gift for the eyes, which immediately will entice your palate, and that is the essence of display tables. The first 87 pages are devoted to the different themes and the remaining 41 pages will show you the how and why. I'd like to also mention that the covers have flaps on both sides so that you can mark/hold a page.

At the same time, should you choose not to be the scratch baker (who makes everything themselves), then this book would still be a great guide in how to set up what you purchased. The idea's were beautiful and the amount of time and money involved in setting up the items, would be your contribution to making your event just as personal.

The book is large and colorful, with really large and close-up photography, and with simple and straightforward descriptions of how to go about setting up your table as she did. Her projects are doable, though for some, you would need to be comfortable in the kitchen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Occasional on September 12, 2012
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I was looking for ideas to decorate my booth at tradeshows and this book gave me some great ideas. I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blanca Ruiz on March 5, 2013
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This book is a sweet buy. Fully colored pages, recipes, examples, ideas, on how to bake, decorate and make any event a success !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bianca Brenters-Kor on January 1, 2013
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Great book with super party and dessert tables ideas. And good baking tips!
Will provide readers a lot of inspiration for planning and giving parties.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on December 17, 2012
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It would be a criminal shame to disturb and eat the cakes shown in this book, they are just too beautiful for words.

Here is a book of sheer cake pornography, in explicit full-colour photographic goodness, with 40 stemmedcakes, cupcakes, cookies and more. At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking this is another artistic photographic book - that is a given, it meets that requirement without missing a beat. Yet with this book you get to do it yourself.

The book naturally assumes a certain proficiency in the kitchen, so the actual hand-holding and recipes are kept at a minimum. Instead the book focuses on the actual display or layout of the various cakes and it does this to a great, stunning, superb effect.

Looking through the book, you could easily find a display to suit all purposes. And part of the delight of the art is that you can easily use the displays as a template, change a cake type here and there, replace a colour and suchlike. At the rear of the book there are even basic recipes and a brief overview of the key techniques involved so it could be an "all-in-one" book if required, although to be fair it is probably not aimed at the total new beginner but it is not necessarily out of reach either with a lot of focus and dedication.

Clearly, if you are already a bit of a dab hand in the kitchen, this book could take you to the next stage with its great, clean, classic designs that can fit into almost every situation asked of it. It is amazing how so much has been squashed into this quite slim book without it feeling overly-compressed either.

If you are in doubt as to the possible use of this book, take a look first in the bookstore. If you are more than an occasional cake baker at home, or a baking professional, you perhaps should begin to acquaint yourself with this book. The price tag is not off-putting and if you only find inspiration from one display, you are still going to come out with a bargain.
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