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The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look Paperback – Jan 26 2010


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Reprint edition (Jan. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307587541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307587541
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 19.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anne W Newman on April 21 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
cakes were fun to make and the text was pretty clear not as many new ideas as expected but would recommend it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I was looking for fresh ideas on decorating cakes. I was absolutely amazed by the beautiful chocolate run-out designs shown here, (though the colors of the cakes themselves are a bit bright and tacky for my taste). I was a bit disappointed that the basic confectioners chocolate and candy colors are not available in my country but was more than compensated for that by the sumptuous recipes this book includes! I have tried several already and they are fabulous. This is absolutely the most original cake-decorating book I've ever seen. Go ahead and order!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renee on June 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book because I enjoy baking birthday cakes for my children, but, I'm a novice cake baker/decorator and am in need of some guidance. The simple instructions and wonderful pictures are an asset and the recipes alone are worth the price of the book. Some decorating techniques are currently beyond my capabilities but they are inspiring and with each cake I'm improving my decorating skills. I was truly pleased by ALL the recipes I have tried. Each was as good, if not superior to the 'better' bakeshops in my city. I have made the house buttercream, cookies and cream filling, pinwheel cake, and vanilla cupcakes. Plus, by following their instructions, I made my first 3-tiered cake that didn't tilt to one side!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharama on April 8 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'll borrow the old "Spinal Tap" line, "This one goes to '11'" :-) and add that I'm sorry I can only rate it a "5". It's inspirational, fun, and will have you making a mental list of cakes, fillings, ideas, etc. that you won't rest until you've gone through them all. (By the time I reached the "Cookies and Cream" filling I'd already gained a few tons in virtual pounds ;-) I highly recommend to anyone who has a sense of fun and loves to bake. Yum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Rosete on March 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've read and bought several cake books and this is by far the only book that you will be needing if you're looking for new style and inspiration. It is not for newbies(I actually tried it when I first started cake decorating) and boy you will need a lot of time in your hands. My advised is to only used disposable pastry bag cause you will definitely use a lot of them. The icing taste good and the cake designs and colors are just outstanding, your cake will definitely stand out.This book has a lot of illustrations & pictures on how-to's. Cakes and Fillings are all yummy and easy to make. Although the decorating takes a lot of time, labor intensive. But this book is a keeper and definitely worth every dime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book did not disappoint me at all. The pictures ( both exemplar and step by step directionals ) were PLENTIFUL and all in vibrant color. Imagination and creativity flourishes in this book. The techniques are easy to follow. This book would be worth every penny if it were nothing more than a showcase for these wild and whimsical cakes. The best thing is that you just know that you can create something of your very own without having to replicate their designs (unless you wanted to). This whole book is outside of the box. The recipes are plentiful but you don't have to use them. This book is just great. I can't imagine my library without it! Get it, you won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carmela Nolin on Dec 14 2003
Format: Hardcover
After my last feeble attempt at decorating my daughter's birthday cake, I decided that maybe I should take a class. But then I visited a friend who had just made her son one of the Whimsical Bakehouse's cakes. It was breathtaking! I ordered the book right then, and this weekend, made the Winter Wonderland cake. The cake itself was rich, delicious, and very easy to make. The buttercream icing, which is typically not my favorite, was equally heavenly, as was the raspberry mousse filling. But the real fun was in the decorating. Kaye Hansen is clearly an artist in the world's most delicious medium. Her instructions are easy to follow and written for average non-professional baker-types (like me). Armed with the decorating essentials they recommend in the introduction, I created a candy snowman, a small forest of trees, and a few dozen polka dots. The results were unbelievable -- the 3-D effect of the candy is difficult to describe, but it makes the cake come to life. I followed the recipes and candy-making instructions to a T, but next time, I hope to get more creative with the design. The book offers a range of projects that encompasses basic occasions (birthday, baby shower, wedding, seasonal, and of course, whimsical), but it really strives to teach techniques that send you on your own decorating adventures. I'm already contemplating my next trip! Well worth every penny, and a joy to explore -- buy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Marie Aristizabal on Feb. 24 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hi Everyone! I purchased this book a few months back to add to my collection. I do own my own business and wanted to expand the flavors and fillings in my portfolio. This book has great recipes, I cannot stress this enough! I will say that the decorating has a very unique style: a lot of different techniques used and very colorful may also be harder for beginners. In order to appreciate the cake designs part of the book, you have to be up for trying new things! This book does not compare to any other cake books on the market right now. (Not even the follow up to this book) The recipes in here are enough for you to buy it and love it; even if you are not too fond of the cake designs portion. I love it and so do my clients! Also much cheaper online then in the stores!
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