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About the Author

Sylvia Weinstock is the grande dame of cake design, one of the first to use imaginative forms for wedding cakes—introducing butterflies and bees, for example, to brides who had previously known only flowers. Her 25-year-old company, located in New York City, has created cakes for the Clinton White House as well as numerous celebrity weddings. Weinstock’s cakes have been featured in publications ranging from Modern Bride to the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I pre-ordered this book and couldn't wait for it to come. The book is beautiful as it can possibly be. The beautiful cakes in there are awe-inspiring and gives those of us just starting in the business something to strive for. Ms. Weinstock does give good suggestions about how to handle a cake tasting and planning, having the forum of the reception in mind in design of the cake, and shares her recipes with us.
However, if you're looking for instructions on how to do gumpaste flowers, how to place flowers on forms in between layers, or how to assemble a cake, look elsewhere. But if you have a good repetoire of cake decorating books or sugar decorating books, that info will probably be in there. If you're looking for a book of cakes that can inspire you and recipes that are yummy (made chocolate fudge cake, lady baltimore cake, the bc and bc fillings for a practice cake)-you'll love it!
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I pre-ordered this book as well. I was very dissappointed. I have her first book and used it constantly when I first started my cake decorating business. This book however, was no where near as helpful. Most of the pages are just pictures of sugarflowers. No instructions, no new recipes for cakes, and not very helpful at all...this is just a picture book.
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I also pre-ordered this book and found it a little dissapointing. I purchased her first book and was expecting a whole lot more. There are no instructions for the cakes, beautiful pictures, but no instructions and the recipes are the same as the first book.
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I am also disappointed. This might be personal but this is the kind of book I dislike, glossy compilation of pictures with a cold and distant narrative, not the kind of book that draws you in at all. This is not a book that will end up lovingly battered and covered in flour butter and chocolate splatters, rather the kind of book you would find languishing in a 5 star hotel room. I did not even particularly find the pictures of high quality as many of them are snapshots of clients' wedding cakes in situ rather than purposely photographed and lit for the book, and there are many pictures used as fillers. This is essentially designed like a slightly pretentious coffee table book perhaps but that to me makes limited sense because those interested in the subject are generally practitionners and not just admirers, and will therefore expect such a book to provide some insight into replicating the creations, rather than just inspiration from what is a faily large and expensive book. The editing of it is shocking, no section really makes any sense under its title, and the very few recipes at the end of the book ironically seem even incongruous. I still have to read much of the text but so far, I found what I read moderately interesting and self serving and I do not even think that the designs in this particular book are actually that awe inspiring. I really think Mrs W. missed a chance to provide an interesting insight into the business and the craft, even if she didn't want to reveal all.Read more ›
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I'll keep it short and to the point. This is a large and lovely book of superb cake photography but little else. If you are searching for instruction and/or education in the field of cake baking, look elsewhere.

As with her other cake book, it is a testimony for herself at how good she is at her craft. For the type of beautiful cake work that she and her staff create time after time, she most surely deserves some credit. The book has lavish photography with clear visual detail of many of her spectacular cakes, along with accompanying stories. But at the end of the book, she gives a beggars handful of cake batters; there was no point to this decision because it is obvious throughout this project, that there would be no cake instruction given. It would have served her well to have just left it as self-serving project.

I would recommend this book for the visual effects of her cakes only. But for learning how to make these cakes, there are other industry masters who take great joy in imparting their knowledge and sharing it with you.
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I'm one of Sylvia Weinstock's biggest fans. I just love her. So, of course I love this book. I don't mind that it is more of a picture book. The photography is so immaculate, that I really don't need much instruction. If you have a reasonable amount of cake decorating experience, you can tell how each flower is made just by looking closely at the excellent photography. This book brings me and my customers so much inspiration. ( See the photo for that first cake I made inspired by this book.) My brides love to ooh and ahh at this book, which sets the tone for a nice consultation.
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This book is great; it has great pictures and great recipes. This is the second book I've purchased by Sylvia W. The first book has more decorating ideas and how to steps. The new book has updated recipes from the first book. I've use the butter cake recipe since I've purchased the first book 2 years ago, it really is the only cake recipe you'll ever need (as stated in the book). I recommend this book, it has more ideas for sugar flowers, etc. not quite as many how to steps.

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J. Pratt
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