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Cakes to Dream On: A Master Class in Decorating Hardcover – November 9, 2004
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"Whether blowing out birthday candles or cutting the first piece at a wedding, there are no cakes better suited to wishing and dreaming than Colette’s enchanting creations."
--Donna Ferrari, Food & Wine Director, BRIDE’S Magazine
"Colette is an inspired artist who follows a road never-before traveled. Her cakes are amusing and loveable, and they defy gravity. Colette’s creations awaken the childlike spirit in all of us."
"Colette’s innovative style and approach are vivid and unique. Her work is an inspiration! This is a brilliant and innovative composition of edible art!"
--Ewald Notter, Notter
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Top Customer Reviews
The book consists of four general parts. The first part is the first chapter on `How to Make a Decorated Cake', which covers materials to use as the base of a multi-layered cake, who to reinforce the layers, and how to make crooked cakes on purpose. For those few of you out there who actually make tiered cakes, this is one of the more useful topics, although I confess much of it is pretty common sensical.
The second part of the book is the next eight (8) chapters, which are almost all alike in being simply collections of decorated cakes done by the author and her company with instructions on how to make these cakes and their decorations. The instructions assume the person making the cake has access to a lot of specialized tools, materials, and specialized training.Read more ›
These books are so much fun, and I have learned a lot from them without ever having taken a class.
I was not familiar with Ms Peters' work previously and after seeing this book was inspired to take a look at her earlier books. It was interesting to see how she has developed since "Colette's Cakes" -- her imaginative designs, her sense of color, her sense of whimsy -- even her writing, has grown with her talent.
This is, however, 'A Master Class in Decorating' as the title indicates. Although I think an attentive beginner could readily follow her instructions, as with anything, innate talent and experience will play a large part in the end result.
I imagine there will be those who will look at this book and think it is far too elaborate for the average person capabilties.
Well, if one never aspires to greater heights, one will always be.......average.
This is a book for inspiration.
In terms of learning it does not provide anything, there is very little explaining, no step by step instructions nor photos for the whole construction process (which would be needed due to the complexity of the designs presented), recipes range from 80 guests to up to 200.
I guess the author wasn't even interested in scaling the recipes for "regular" cooks.
If you want only to look at the pictures, then you can visit her website, if you want to actually learn then this is not for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice book but the format of the instructions was hard to follow (had to keep turning to back of the book) and were not very detailed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lizbeth
Wonderful book! I always look at the pictures first but hen I take some time to truly explore the meat of the information provided. FANTASTIC. A wealth of shared knowledge. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bobi
Colette is a fabulous, and well-known sugar artist. What she shares in her books is always extremely helpful.Published 10 months ago by The Sugar Florist
I really loved this book. I actually made three cakes from the book. I like the step by step. Clear explanations. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Guadalupe Morales
Great item. Exactly what I was looking for. Described perfectly.Published 15 months ago by Pedro Luevanos