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Simply Spectacular Cakes: Beautiful Designs for Irresistible Cakes and Cookies Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're after the same with metric measurements then you'll need to buy Peggy Porschen's Cake Chic (the UK edition).
That aside, the book itself is gorgeous to look at and would make a beautiful coffee table book if you don't bake.
The amazing thing, which Peggy achieves so effortlessly in all her books, is the ability to translate fashion into food and her cakes and cookies are all catwalk-ready. The cakes and cookies here are all very stylish and not one cake or cookie ever gives the impression that it is over-decorated. The result is always just right and ever-so-chic.
The cakes and cookies in this book are very rich-looking, celebratory creations and certainly not for your average bake sale but everything does evolve around a few very simple recipes - Victoria Sponge, royal icing, and sugar syrups.
This is definitely in rhythm with the author's other books. This is a decorating book not a baking book.
For decorating cookies, it is good to see the author return to the traditional iced biscuit and make use of Royal Icing techniques.
The cakes are all fondant-based designs.
I am amazed to see the author achieve all her gorgeous piping designs with a pastry bag made from silicon paper - a technique she shares. Not a metal tip in sight! Certainly, this attests to Peggy's skill with icing. I'm not sure if I'm willing to give up my icing tips just yet.Read more ›
Peggy Porschen has once again given us delicate and achievable cake projects with which any cake decorating aficionado would agree. While this might not challenge an experienced or professional decorator, I feel this is geared towards those of us who are in awe of how the professionals do it and we gratefully thank those who take the time to teach us.
Having said that, I feel this book is geared towards someone with a solid foundation of cookie and cake decorating abilities. You need to know why and how the materials and mediums are used and why you could not substitute one for another such as why you can't use regular icing for royal icing or why fondant cannot be subbed for gumpaste. Though Peggy is quite good at explaining the process in detail, you still need to possess a basic foundation of cake/cookie decorating, though once you do, this book will become a great companion in which to further build your skills and confidence. And lastly, yes, she only uses paper pastry bags in which to decorate so no tips and pastry bags are used; this helps in cutting down on costs for bags, couplers, and tips, plus it is all disposable. But if you have them, I would encourage folks to use them as I am used to them and find it easier.
Peggy has teamed up again with Georgia Glynn Smith, her photographer of her previous book, "Pretty Party Cakes" to deliver large, sharp, close-up, detailed, and well-styled photographs of her projects.Read more ›
There are both detailed illustrations of the steps and clear written explanations. I wouldn't dive into any of the projects with absolutely no experience but a general knowledge and a little experience should be enough. Within hours of receiving it I attempted the hand-shaped flowers shown on the white-on-white cake and they came out exactly as shown. The instructions were clear and didn't skip any part of the process. Sometimes, you get beginning and ending instructions and you find yourself having to wing it in the middle. Not this time.
About the only project I would never attempt are the projects with silhouettes of children--my drawing talents just don't extend that far and my hands aren't that steady. But just about every other project in the book has potential use. Not just because they are doable but because they are flexible enough to be adapted to any event or situation an average person might have. This is pretty rare in a cake decorating book. Usually there are two or three you really like, and one or two you might find use for and the rest is filler.
A little under 1/3 of the book is dedicated to recipes, lists and photos of tools and supplies (such as food colorings). The recipes are English-inspired ones such as Victoria Sponge cake.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book's title says it all! Beautiful photography, helpful photos of techniques and delightful design make this dessert book a real keeper! Worth buying just to drool over. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Elisabeth Crowell
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not a book i would sit down with to read for relaxation.... great ideas, beautiful work, specific directions and nice diagrams... just too deep for my interests.Published on June 8, 2012 by lovetodecorate
It took me a while to assemble a couple of products I needed to make the Cameo Cakes and I finally was able to make them a couple of months ago! They turned out lovely. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is a spectacular book and is very easy to understand. This lady is a genius at cake decorating and is very generous with her knowledge. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Mor Mor
This book really does have simply spectacular cakes! They are very elegant and they actually inspire me to make cakes just to see if I can make them. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by C. Liriano