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A comprehensive, inspiring guide to the art, craft, and business of wedding cake design

Combining inspirational cake designs, step-by-step decorating instruction, and advice on the fundamentals of running a successful cake business in a competitive market, Wedding Cake Art and Design is an invaluable guide for industry professionals and students. Master cake decorator Toba Garrett includes stunning designs for cakes inspired by textiles, seasons, fashion colors, flowers, and much more, and gives decorators the tools to translate their own clients' ideas into creative new designs.

    • Decorating techniques ranging from simple to advanced are explained in a clear, fully-illustrated, step-by-step format
    • Sample scenarios included throughout the book show readers how to handle a client consultation and how to create appropriate cakes for every client's budget, theme, and creative needs
    • Nearly 200 beautiful full-color photographs showcase finished cakes and illustrate key decorating techniques, while full-color illustrations provide insight into the professional decorator's creative process
    • Author Toba Garrett is one of the country's foremost artists in the field of cake decorating and the founder of the Institute for Culinary Education’s Department of Cake Decorating and Design, where she now serves as master chef–instructor and where she has trained some of the top cake artists in the world

A must-have for professional cake decorators, baking and pastry students, and even advanced cake decorating hobbyists, Wedding Cake Art and Design is the only resource a decorator needs to design, plan, and execute picture-perfect wedding cakes for every client, every time.

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Creating the perfect wedding cake to complement a client's perfect day requires a great deal of artistry, technical proficiency, and a true understanding of each client's needs. Wedding Cake Art and Design is an invaluable and beautifully illustrated hands-on guide for mastering every step of the planning and execution of picture-perfect wedding cakes—from the initial consultation to the gorgeous finished product.

Author Toba Garrett is one of the foremost experts and educators in cake decorating, having trained many of the top cake artists in the world. Here, she offers an all-in-one guide that presents sample client scenarios in each chapter, showing you how to plan and then produce the ideal cake to match each client's budget, theme, and creative desires.

This comprehensive resource explains all of the crucial skills and techniques required for success—from the most basic to the most complex—including how to create color, texture, shape, and decorative elements for every design. Exquisite full-color photos display finished cakes and illustrated step-by-step instructions provide clear and simple direction.

Garrett includes a range of different cake styles inspired by popular themes and concepts, including creative, romantic, textured, modern, and Wedgwood-inspired designs; designs based on the seasons, fashion colors, film, flowers, pottery, and textiles; and designs that are perfect for chocolate lovers. Truly comprehensive in scope, Wedding Cake Art and Design also features handy informative appendices on setting up a cake design business, recipes and flavor combinations, templates, and cake cutting.

Offering detailed expert guidance on every aspect of the art and business of wedding cake design, this is an indispensable tool for industry professionals, baking and pastry students, or talented and dedicated hobbyists.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470381337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470381335
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toba Garrett heads the department of cake decorating and design at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Garrett holds a Master's Degree in Educational and Instructional Technology from Long Island University and is the author of Professional Cake Decorating, The Well-Decorated Cake and Creative Cookies: Delicious Decorating for Any Occasion. She is a member of the International Cake Exploration Societe and former President of the Confectionary Arts Guild of New Jersey, and was named one of the Top Ten Cake Artists in the U.S. in 2010 by Dessert Professional magazine.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Toni VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
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Once again, we have been given a gem in the form of a cake decorating "bible" of sorts except this time, the essence of this book brings you beyond the fondant and royal icing and other assorted expectations with wedding cakes. This time, Ms. Garrett gives you her professional insight into how, when, why, and how much to consider in approaching the subject of the wedding cake business.

For those professionals who are well-associated with the legistics end of cakes, you already know the information within the covers of this book. But for those cake/wedding cake bakers just starting out, or those not quite sure what demands are non-negotiable when choosing to work in this field, here it is just waiting for you.

Toba Garrett is a solid and established player in the field of cake decorating as she teaches at the Institute of Culinary Cake and Design in New York as head of the Cake Decorating and Design Department. And for those who know what ICES is (The International Cake Exploration Society), she is counted among its esteemed members. Add to that her three other books (Professional Cake Decorating, Creative Cookies, and The Well-Decorated Cookie) and you are looking at The Cake Professor.

Where to begin? "Wedding Cake Art & Design: A Professional Approach" is a heavy, luxurious book of top-notch photography and print that draws you into each cake project with zeal. Aspects of planning, creating, and executing that most important cake are all given the respected attention they require and that the wedding couple deserve. But it is also necessary to advise those considering this book, that they have a very solid foundation of cake preparation, decorating, and assembly skills already under their belt. As Julia Child once said, "This isn't for fluffies!".
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Fuller on July 1, 2010
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I have both Toba Garrett's books, "The Well Decorated Cake" and now "Wedding Cake Art and Design." I feel both books have similar traits. Although there is good, detailed instruction in each book on how to accomplish a given design and elements, I feel the cakes themselves are a bit dated and represent more of a European style. Toba's recipes are amazing but most of the recipes are repeated in both books. There are definitely elements that can be taken from this book but as opposed to "The Well Decorated Cake" Toba does not go into detail about simple aspects like crumb coating and piping borders. Basic cake decorating knowledge is a must - but quite elementary for the professional. If you are looking for a starter book on cake decorating, "The Well Decorated Cake" is a more suitable choice. Elements that are covered in this book include items such as fondant/gumpaste flowers (including roses, carnations, tiger lilies, daisies, hibiscus, and accompanying greenery), royal icing details, flooded shapes, marzipan fruits, and other basic fondant work. I did appreciate the tips and side notes throughout the book as well as the "setting up a cake design business" section. Not a bad book to add to the collection, great book for the amateur just starting to compile books and thinking of starting a cake decorating business, but not my personal favorite as far as the actual cake designs. Nonetheless, Toba is an excellent instructor with great tips.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Glorimar Rosa Bonilla on May 6, 2010
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I have all the books by Toba Garrett. She is one of the best cake decorators ever and what I like the most is that she is WILLING to share with others her wealth of knowledge unlike other cake decorators who just show their work and "pretend" to show in their book how to do it.
With all of Garrett's books you will find step by step information on how to do the techniques. Of course, you must have a certain knowledge and go from there. The recipes are excellent and tasty. None of them have failed for me and I have tried almost of all them.
If you are looking for a book to learn and expand your knowledge in cake decorating ALL of Toba's books are for you. They are like textbooks in this area.
Love them all!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Persons on July 3, 2010
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I'm an experienced cake decorator, but most of my skills were out of date. I was stuck in the world of buttercream and royal icing, but wanted to learn the techniques that other decorators are now using. When I decided to start a new cake business, I purchased several new books on cake design and decorating, and this is my favorite. This book not only has great ideas, but gives you easy to follow step-by-step instructions for creating the cakes pictured in the book. One of the most helpful chapters for me was "Setting Up a Cake Design Business", which provides a thorough overview of what's necessary for getting a business started properly. I have tried several of the recipes in the book, and although not all are to my liking, there are some real standouts. My favorite is a moist, dense lemon coconut cake that's not only delicious but is perfect for stacking. The recipes for lemon curd and cream cheese buttercream are among the best I've ever tried. This book has inspired me to take on some challenging projects that have turned out far better than I expected, and I recommend it for any decorator who wants to do beautiful cakes of any kind.
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