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Unusual, a bit dated, but unique and idea-packed.
on January 6, 2013
I'd had this book on my wish list for a long time and, finally, decided to order. It wasn't anything like what I was expecting and my initial reaction wasn't positive. But on subsequent revisits, I've concluded that no cake decorating library can be complete without it (and the second book, which I got at the same time).
There is absolutely nothing in this book that a contemporary American cake decorator will use as is. This is a collection of classy and classical heirloom designs and techniques that can add a touch of charm, interest, and uniqueness to modern cakes.
The emphasis is on the small details. There are sections in this book that I hadn't seen anywhere else. There are so many ways in which ribbons can be used to fill or supplement an otherwise staid design; the concept of less-is-more in which a small repeated element is more powerful than a single large element. I had never seen something called a 'cake collar.' I don't think it's something I will ever do, but I found the concept very interesting and the look it produces extremely interesting. The demonstration as to how to produce small royal icing flowers to cluster here and there is very tempting and delicate. Techniques such as crimping, cornelli work, plaques, sugar molds, frills, and incorporating tulle as a design element all work to inspire ways to think beyond the box, even in modern designs. There are many templates provided, including lovely alphabets.
This is really a book worth getting, owning, and reviewing for inspiration, how-to-tips, and unusual approaches that will make your design and implementation different and better than all the rest.