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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715338374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715338377
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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We purchased the Contemporary Cake Decorating book for our 13-year old granddaughter who loves to bake and decorate cakes and cookies. She loves it and has used it several times already. She said the book is easy to understand and has done a beautiful job decorating cakes and cookies.
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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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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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