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The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City's Famed Bakery Hardcover – May 2, 2007

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Proprietor of the titular bakery in New York City, Strauss offers a bevy of specific, helpful tips that will enable readers to replicate her whimsical and eye-catching designs. Opening with a detailed list of key tools (tape measure, scale, paring knife, scalpel) and basic techniques (overpiping, filling a pastry bag, making sugar bows), Strauss lays the groundwork for the heavy lifting: creating artful cookies, cakes and cupcakes using fondant, frosting and gum paste. Featured projects run the gamut from the relatively easy Pool Ball Cupcakes, Dice Mini Cakes and Snowflake Cookies to more advanced items like Teacup Mini Cakes (they look like detailed porcelain) and the gorgeous Chocolate Embroidery Wedding Cake (as seen on Sex and the City). Strauss is a patient and encouraging teacher, offering detailed instructions and drawings for complex accoutrements such as flowers, teddy bears and even shoes. Those with an interest in fondant-based cake designs will find this an informative and challenging introduction to the art.
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About the Author

Elisa Strauss is the founder and sole designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, Strauss is famous for her whimsical, elaborate, fashion-related cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines as well as on the Today show, The View, and the Food Network.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 4.2.2007 edition (May 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316113077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316113076
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Toni VINE VOICE on May 15, 2007
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What a lovely book of cake decorating education!! Well done Elisa!! Ms. Strauss is the owner of New York City's "Confetti Cakes". Though she worked in the fashion industry, a playful idea of mixing her love for baking with her eye for fashion brought her to this career, and it seems to suit her well. From her bakery comes this addicting book!!

Having been mesmorized by the feats and skills of such accompished cake decorators, I always look forward with great anticipation, to the latest tomes written on this subject. Ms. Strauss does not disappoint. She has compiled a rather delightful writing of the mastery of cake design and teaches a wide range of baking skills. The cake decorating devotee is given all the information necessary to reproduce what you seen on each wonderful page. This book has the ability for anyone, from novice to professional, to use and create and ooooh and aaaaah!

The instructions run from basic cookies in shapes from onesies outfits (that's the baby's first year everyday garment of basically longjohns) to purses, and cupcakes with beribboned polka-dots to beach sandals to the main event of spectacular cakes that would fool anyone due to their unique appearances, like popcorn bags to a sushi table, replete with "rice" and "California rolls".

The book is sturdy and thick with beautiful and detailed photography of each creation so that any questions can be answered with just a glance of the eye. Her explanations are clear and concise and they are given to you in steps both for the actions required as well as the timetable needed in order to plan your time wisely.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. Pruneda on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited about this book before it arrived, I even purchased the other book from this author specializing in kids cakes; I have to say that once I was able to finally read it I was deeply disappointed, the recipes presented are scarce and not accurate, the instructions and step by step guides inexistent, or at least ineffective for novices in cake decoration (I have studied 4 different Chef courses and still find it difficult to follow).
Photographs of finished cakes are quite impressive, but basically there are no photographs for the whole construction and decorating process (which was what I was looking for).
From my personal opinion this book is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished with great marketing strategy, but not necessarily provides anything in terms of learning.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on May 2, 2007
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Finally, the book we've all been waiting for is out. I've seen Elisa interviewed and do demonstrations and seen her work, and now some secrets are out and helpful hints and stunning pictures are all in this great book.

For some people, I imagine you'd want to dive right in and begin/attempt to recreate some of the fabulous cakes in here (I personally don't think I even have half the skill to try), but whether you want to try and make them or just admire her fantastic work, this book is spectacular.

For each recipe, there is a complete list of what you need (materials, equipment, and techniques etc). To me, I like simple, and this isn't. It can be mind boggling if you aren't practiced in baking, but I can't stress enough how beautiful this book is, and it would make the perfect gift on Mothers day or for a birthday for anyone who loves baking, or just amazing and stunning looking cakes. I love this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mayas on May 25, 2007
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I LOVE this book!!! Some of the cakes pictured in it are incredible to look at but a stretch for my limited artistic abilities....but most are totally doable, especially with the very specific instructions provided. Details like when to use what kind of icing, when to use a dowel to support the cake structure, what to transport the cake in, etc, are really helpful. So is the section on "techniques", which gives the foundations of decorating, before the book launches into the specific design ideas. A great mix of different kinds of cakes, cookies, mini cakes, etc, also. So far I've made two of the cake receipies and the cookies a few times: and people loved the flavors and textures too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Summers on June 16, 2007
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I have just begun taking cake decorating classes and thought to buy a couple of books to expand what I have learned in class. Although I am not a big fan of how fondant tastes I can't wait to try some of the cakes in this book. I like the fact that there are templates and recipies in the book and not just pictures.

Note: The Sugar cookie recipie on pg 53 on the flour amount, change the 4...cups as written to 2 1/4...cups. (It says it on her website also)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Loyless on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I went online to the Confetti Cake's website and they had a special pop-up note about a recipe in this book. Here's exactly as they wrote on the site:
"Oops! There's a mistake in The Confetti Cakes Cookbook. We
want everything you make to be delicious, so please change the amount of all-purpose flour in the Vanilla Sugar Cookies (page 53)
to 2 1/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons
(11 ounces). Enjoy!"
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cornut Reese on June 29, 2008
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Apparently, the entire budget for this book was spent on photography and food styling. It is absolutely beautiful to look at, and Elissa Strauss' creativity is awe-inspiring. But do not waste your time nor ingredients with her cake recipes! I decided to try her "heavenly chocolate cake" for my first effort in the book. She says it is her most requested cake, so I figured it had to be good. What a disaster! She instructs you to bake 9 inch cake pans for one hour at 350 degrees. If you do you'll end up with charcoal. It would have been nice if there had been an editor involved with a book this beautiful. What a waste. What a disappointment!
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