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Kate's Cake Decorating: Techniques and Tips for Fun and Fancy Cakes Baked with Love Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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Yes, the color photography is sometimes garish, nothing like the elegant Cecil Beaton-inspired photographs that sparkle and illuminate the "cakebooks" of her close contemporary Lindy Smith, whose brittle, icy designs have given her the reputation of a modern-day Klimt in frosting. And yet Smith could never have completed, nor even conceived of, some of Sullivan's neo-expressionistic "portrait cakes," such as the one of Elvis which is wiggy enough to have been featured permanently at Graceland, maybe sunk in intaglio form right into Elvis' tombstone. One responds to the sheer frivolity and nuttiness and yes, the love that Sullivan exudes from every pore of her body. Even her somewhat portentous crush on fondant shows us that, deep underneath her smooth surface, great feelings roil up within.
Her tips are always helpful, and most of the recipes are rather good, very rich of course, but you don't spread gold dust over cream cheese filling and expect a low calorie plate. This is cake, after all, and it's supposed to be bad for you! These cakes might have decorated the Technicolor visions of Maria Montez and Jon Hall in their Universal classics of the 1940s such as COBRA WOMAN and GYPSY WILDCAT. My mother and I both agreed that there are no bad recipes, just bad critics.
I don't know if you'll immediately be able to do some of the stuff Kate can do, but jeeze, there are so many inspiring ideas and helpful hints that everyone should try to make a fancier cake after reading this excellent book!
For recipes I suggest you buy "The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look!" and "The Cake Bible"
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I really like this book and expect to use it a lot in the future. Great amount of creativity expressed here.Published on April 16, 2014 by K. L. Williams
I purchased this book about 7 years ago and out of my entire collection (25+) of cake decorating books, this is by far my favorite. I am still using it regularly. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by LGL
This book is great for inspiration and ideas. I have only tried the royal icing recipe, which was fine and the fondant recipe, which was not so good. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by L. Schaefer
Booked seemed good enuf by the reviews. Looked nice enuf to give as gift to friend who was going into the cake biz. Check out the "see inside" to judge for yourself. Read morePublished on October 3, 2007 by Informed Consumer
I saw Kate Sullivan on the Food Network and had to buy this book. I'm just getting into cake decorating and this book gave me some good tips and new ideas.Published on July 17, 2006 by Chynna