Simply put...........another beautiful book from one of the best cake decorators, May Clee-Cadman! Once again, she has compiled a most visually enchanting book of cake decorating from cupcakes to party cakes and with enough instruction and photography to help a beginner feel energized! Those who are experienced will find inspiration, but might not feel challenged.
This newest entry in cake decorating has been broken into 3 major segments of decorating of "Pastel", "Whites", and "Brights". If for no other reason, the beauty of each project is undeniable; you would have to be truly hardpressed to find fault or dislike of any of the cakes. The photography is as always, sharp, clear, and close-up. Some of the projects are rather self-explanatory whereas others require more details and that is where the step-by-step photo tutorials come in beautifully.
Now, yes, you should have some basic cake decorating abilities if possible, but if not, then with time, practice, and patience, you can achieve every single one of these delicacies and you will be much the wiser when done.
Her contents are:
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK:
The sections for this area with begin with the equipment needed, the 4 basic recipes from which to choose, the icings and fillings venue, how to put a cake together, and how to make the cupcakes and mini-cakes.
Equipment and tools, lining and prepping pans, cake recipes and charts, fillings and icings, prepping the cakes for icing, icing the cakes, assembling the tiered cakes, decorating with fresh flowers, finishing touches (such as bead piping and ribbons), icing the cupcakes, and the most fun of all, making mini-cakes (great for weddings and parties!).
Champagne Bubble Cake (an 3 tiered ivory cake with champagne-colored rose flower separators and tiny little royal icing champagne bubbles piped on the rounds. A variation of pink fondant with red roses is also given).
Butterfly Kisses (2-tiered round cake with swags of tiny delicate flowers with 3-D butterflys bursting from the sides and top of the cake! A variation with cupcakes is also provided).
Dotty About You (great baby girl or childrens cake with multi-colored polka dots and a feathered topper as well as mini cakes).
Blue Buttons (a charming baby boy's cake with blue buttons and stars and teddy; cupcakes and cake with buttons and flowers and ribbon variation given)
Lavender and Hearts (a stacked wedding tier of mini-cakes with lavender flowers piped on the sides and fondant hearts as well; cupcakes with large blossom flowers variation given)
Wedding Ruffles (a 4-tiered champagne-colored cake with alternating tiers of rose ruffles that have a "diamond" jewel in each center and which the remaining tiers have piped roses with diamonds; cupcake variations as well).
White Christmas (single tier ivory cake with white piping and fondant wreath centered and ribboned; variaton with mini cakes also shown but bedecked with a crimson ribbon and gold holly leaves).
White Chocolate Roses (white chocolate curls wrapped around a 2-tiered cake and white chocolate rose set atop the layers; variations with a heart-shaped, single-tier cake with pink roses offered as well as a chocolate curl cake, and chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate roses).
Cascading Blossoms (2-tier white fondant cake that has a tight shower of small white blossoms on the top tier, then are lightly cascaded on the lower tier; matching cupcakes variation included).
Birthday Parcel (a square cake with light, delicate piping and a large fondant bow covering the cake; mini cake and cupcakes variations also included).
Wedding Sunflowers (I loved this presentation! A 3-tiered cake with gumpaste sunflowers attached to the sides of the tiers).
Retro Circles (totally 60's retro cake with brown, white, and blue circles on a square cake; groovy baby!! Mini cakes variation included).
Rouge (the cover photo of 2 tiers of white fondant and "bursts" of red sparkles and flowers)
Candy Stripes (a round white cake with pink strips and a large yellow gumpaste flower; variation of cake with bird nest and chocolate given).
Cupcake Treats (a multi-tiered cupcake stand of silver liner cupcakes with white frosting and sparkling pink roses and stars).
Ready-to-Wear (this was the most beautiful cake in the book! A 3-tiered, ivory stripes on white cake with large silk flowers and diamond embellishments on the tiers; variation with other decorating embellishments were also given; by far, the best project in the book!)
As per usual, May has done a superb job of presenting fabulous ideas to challenge beginners. This would be a most wonderful addition to a beginners library. Peace!