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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062134043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062134042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Twisted Cakes subverts sugary sweet cakes and celebration baking to produce designs with a nod to the dark side, all executed with a wicked sense of humor. From eyeball mini cakes for Halloween to a cake that looks like a lamb chop to amaze barbecue guests, there's a daring design for every occasion, including Valentine's Day, weddings, birthdays, and special events.

The author of Twisted Cakes, Debbie Goard, is an innovative Californian cake maker who has appeared on The Food Network, has a large internet following, and teaches classes on baking and cake creating to a wealth of eager students. Her instructions are easy to follow, even for the most challenging designs, and the 20 cake designs and recipes featured in Twisted Cakes are each accompanied by full-color photos.

Goard's cake-making directions will whet appetites and please novice and experienced bakers. As an added bonus for readers, the back of the book contains a pocket with design templates and stencils to create all of the terrifying cakes, such as the knife shape for stabbed cupcakes and ear and heart shapes for the 'Ears to You Dear' cake. Think of Twisted Cakes as a guide to making unique, creepy, crafts that are hard to look away from.

About the Author

Debbie Goard is a internationally renowned cake maker whose work has been featured everywhere from The Food Network to The Daily Telegraph. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am so happy to see Debbie Goard finally write a book!
Mara
This book has a lot of really cool cakes (really good for halloween) with very clear step by step instructions/pictures.
Chrissy806
Very Twisted Cakes is a great cookbook with lots of neat and scary ideals.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Claire M on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ok, confession time: I haven't made one of these cakes yet. BUT I love the range of options, the very cool creepy not-your-grandmother's cakes styles. And if you've visited DebbieDoesCakes.net, you can see that she is a truly talented lady who can make shockingly realistic items out of cake. So it's wonderful that she's sharing her secrets with us home-cooks and wanna-be's. I love how carefully she breaks it down, and I can't wait to try it myself, with my mid-level cooking skills. But if you're in the Bay Area and you're looking for an original cake, do look her up! She's completely worth the price. Because the one thing not included in this book is her incredible talent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mara on September 7, 2012
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I am so happy to see Debbie Goard finally write a book! She is one of the most talented cake designers out there and she IS "OUT THERE!" lol.

This book is written so that someone with basic cake construction, airbrushing and fondant skills can manage to re-create some of the wonderful cakes in the book. Not really written for someone with very basic or elementary cake skills but if you have delivered a few Wedding cakes that have not toppled or collapsed and have your basic fondant skill and would like a bit of a challenge, then THIS book is for you.

I love the fact that Debbie Goard has included the templates in a pouch at the end of the book. Debbie, then takes the extra step to tell you what to do to preserve these templates. The cakes in "TWISTED CAKES" by DEBBIE GOARD can be done. You can't really fail with her instructions, picture tutorials and you can take many, many ideas from how she stages her cakes.

Great job Debbie, I can't wait for her next book to come out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kavingate on January 2, 2013
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While I am completely grossed out by the subject matter, this book is worth the price for the structural information alone. I have followed Debbie's work since I first "met" her on Flickr in 2007 or so. I was always fascinated by the seemingly impossible (gravitationally speaking) cakes she produced.

I was thrilled with the (really freaky) two-headed pig cake, as Debbie provided instructions that I could use for my very first attempt at a standing 3D cake. While my My Little Pony was no where near being as perfect and polished as Debbie's work, there is NO way I would have been able to even attempt such a thing without some help.

The entire time I was working on that cake, I was inwardly fuming at sugarartist "radkoguy"'s review relegating Debbie's book to the bargain book bin. Firstly: What a rotten thing to say! Secondly: So what if some of the designs are "hardly ground-breaking"? I have a gigantic collection of cake books, and I have been decorating for quite a few years now, and I have yet to see another book with this kind of information in it. There are plenty of very useful techniques demonstrated here.

My summation: The designs are completely gross, but that was the entire point here. There is a ton of useful information for creating sculpted cakes in general, and I'm grateful to Debbie for sharing her knowledge with us. I'm looking forward to Debbie's next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Luis Rodriguez on November 7, 2013
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Oh so many gross, and awesome options with detailed examples, and step by step instructions. Our came complete with the stencils to pull off many of the recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy806 on October 21, 2013
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I absolutely love this book and cant wait for Debbie to do another one! I have been baking for over two years and had yet to do a cake with structure. I was actually nervous to even try because the thought of drilling holes, screwing rods, and sculpting was intimidating and all new to me. This book has a lot of really cool cakes (really good for halloween) with very clear step by step instructions/pictures. I did the "scared teddy" cake to start with and was very happy to see how easy it really was! and even happier with the results which i posted under the book images. GREAT BOOK! trust me, you will not be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the savy shopper on January 19, 2013
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this book says for any occassion, but it really isn't . Great ideas for halloween obviously, but not too impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By artisan cake company on January 16, 2013
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I just got your book, thank you! I sat down and devoured every detail immediately! I got so many amazing tips and tremendous information! Thank you so much for taking the time and care to put together a book so rich, even a seasoned decorator like myself learned loads! You rock!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tall City on December 9, 2012
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Very Twisted Cakes is a great cookbook with lots of neat and scary ideals. I can't wait to try out some of the recipes.
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