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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715338374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715338377
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lindy Smith is an established name both as a D&C author and as a major influence in the world of sugarcraft. She teaches and runs workshops all over the world and her company, Lindy’s Cakes, has expanded significantly over the past year, moving to new purpose-built premises where she employs a small, dedicated team of experts. Lindy is based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK.

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World renowned for her designs, writing and teaching Lindy Smith is a highly experienced and talented British cake designer & sugarcrafter. Recognised for her exquisite attention to detail and eye for colour Lindy has been translating her designs into sugarcraft for many years From humble beginnings in her home kitchen, experimenting with the 'basics' she learnt from an inspirational teacher, she soon discovered that sugar was the perfect medium through which to express her creative abilities and original ideas. In 1997 Lindy entered her first set of competitions and much to her own amazement received 3 gold awards. She had arrived in the 'cake' world! In 1998 she started writing regular features for "Cakes and Sugarcraft Magazine". Her first cake decorating book was published in 2000. She has continued to write books ever since, loving the freedom it gives her to be highly creative and original. Lindy travels extensively for her work, gathering inspiration along the way, she has been very privileged to see first hand how sugarcraft and cake decorating is constantly evolving around the globe. Lindy runs a successful company, Lindy's Cakes Ltd, based in Buckinghamshire, UK. The online shop side of the business specialises in sugarcraft products that she has 'hand picked' herself and uses in her books. She teaches sugarcraft at regular workshops throughout the year and continues to write about sugarcraft on a regular basis. Lindy Smith is passionate about her art and brings a fresh contemporary look to sugarcraft and cake design.

Customer Reviews

It was definitely a great buy, and I would recommend this book to all cake decorators!
Jacki
This book is loaded with step-by-step photography of every project, as well as tools, molds, cutters, pans, etc.
Toni
It was very well illustrated and directions are easy to follow for the beginner or advanced.
Jackie B. Hurse

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Toni VINE VOICE on October 13, 2011
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Please note: This book, as well as "The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects" are one and the same; this review is based on that book. Why the difference, I don't know.

Anyways, back to this book. Just 2 words for you............BUY IT!!! Just get out your wallet and purchase this fabulous book; you'll have no regrets as it is definitely one of my Top 10 cake decorating books. While I feel that it will probably be too simple for those already comfortable with their cake decorating skills, it is still a wonderful reference book. For those who are beginners in this field, I feel that this will give you a wonderful education and be a great support and/or reference book for you. This book is loaded with step-by-step photography of every project, as well as tools, molds, cutters, pans, etc.

It does not lack in any area of basic decorating and in fact, felt that it gives the reader some room to express their creativity with othe love of sugar. Some of the highlights for me were: the section on "Cake Carving" which can be tricky for even the experienced baker in that getting just the right angles can make quite the difference when designing a shape for a themed cake. I also found her "Color Wheel" section marvelous in introducing colors that are used in tinting creams, sugarpaste, and dusts. Her "Transferring an Image" with scriber and pen were fabulous as getting patterns onto a cake can be challenging. Her "Non-Sugarcarft Tools" was a great idea that my pea-brain hadn't thought of, in which you can use regular paper crafting items to help in the cake decorating process.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Wright on September 21, 2011
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This is one of the most informative books I have ever seen. It does not show all the details like a class would, but f you have a little bit of skills and desire, the pictures and the ideas will guide you through. Full of information and new techniques. I am so amazed with this book that I bought a 2nd as a gift.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By joeymcfur on August 19, 2012
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I bought this book for a friend who is starting a cake business. We were disappointed that of the 160 pages, only about 30 pages didn't feature or deal with fondant decorating or some similar form of cake covering. I had previewed the contents before ordering and the word "Fondant" isn't even mentioned.
If you want to know about this form of cake covering (fondant) this book is for you. I have to say that the pictures are great, the cakes are special and the price is a bargain. Just don't exspect to find anything other then the most basic information on tradition decorating. What I'm looking for is a book that takes buttercream to an advanced level of decoration, not another chapter on basic piping. Any suggestions?
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Damaris Li on October 10, 2011
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I attend some cake decorating classes from Wilton. So I learned the basics. But this book is like an advanced class. Over 150 different techniques described with photos. It`s easy to read and understand. Would recommend it to everyone how is interested in cake decorating and/ or have a cake homebusiness. I have some more books from Lindy Smith and was never disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KnticEnerG on December 29, 2011
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I have a small cake business, took the Wilton classes two different times (once 8 years ago, another two years ago), and am self-taught after that. Just flipping through this book opened my eyes to a few techniques that I just couldn't figure out. LOVE this book--probably the best cake book in my library at this stage in my career.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on September 14, 2011
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Lindy Smith's books are always a lot of fun to begin with, but this book is a real gem. It's one of those great "how to play with my cake toys" books that takes it to the next level -- who knew there were so many ways to do so many techniques!! Great for decorators who love fondant. Great job Lindy, keep up the good work!! :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Keller on April 18, 2013
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I was wishing this book would have went more in detail about the actual baking of the cake. I also was wanting more simple cake decorating tips instead of elaborate ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie B. Hurse on November 29, 2011
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I have ordered many cake decorating books and I must say this by far tops the cakes. It was very well illustrated and directions are easy to follow for the beginner or advanced. It has many basic techniques that are not covered in other decorating books. It is my best book that I have ordered in terms of simplicity yet covering all the necessary requirements.
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