Synopses & Reviews
Yes, you can make gorgeous cakes and cupcakes--it's easy! Author and pastry chef extraordinaire, Erin Gardner--who won the esteemed television title of "Sweet Genius"--teaches you everything you need to know to be a cake-decorating superstar. Whether you're a proficient dessert maker or just starting out, her "make it or fake it" tips and simple step-by-step instructions will show you how to make modern, fresh, fun, bakery-style treats right in your own kitchen. Great Cake Decorating contains more than 30 cake design ideas that can be personalized to fit your party needs--from grand special occasion cakes, to more manageable mini cakes, to cute cupcakes for individualized servings. Best of all, for many of them you can use items found in your own pantry! The 20 mouth-watering cake and filling recipes will ensure your cake tastes as good as it looks. These expert decorating techniques and time-saving shortcuts will teach readers how to make dream cakes while avoiding decorating disasters. Whether you're a bride on a budget, a mom baking for a birthday, or someone who just wants to celebrate a special event with your own personalized touch, Great Cake Decorating is a sweet choice.
Whether you are a bride on a budget, a mom baking for a birthday, a cook who needs to control added ingredients, or just want to celebrate a special event with a fresh, delicious cake, this book has something for you.
Author and pastry chef Erin Gardner is famous for her unique designs and cake decorating skill. In these pages, she demonstrates professional techniques for creating beautiful, custom-made cakes that are also completely delicious. From how to make mouthwatering, homemade buttercream to molding gorgeous fondant flowers and bows, Erins detailed, step-by-step instructions offer home cooks all the decorating know-how they need. She also presents a host of secrets and shortcuts for dressing up plain cakes in absolutely no time—try her fruit Rollup trick for pretty cake flowers that can be made in a flash. Throughout the book, Erin shows time-pressed cooks how to improve upon well-known cake decorating techniques.
About the Author
Erin Gardner worked as pastry chef at Locke-Ober before opening the Wild Orchid Baking Company in 2009. She quickly became the go-to cake designer for premiere events, and recently won the title of “Sweet Genius” on the Food Network's show of the same name. She lives on the New Hampshire seacoast. See her cakes at www.wildorchidbaking.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Make it Pretty
Chapter 1 Make Cake
Chapter 2 Its All In the Details
Part II: Decorate Like You Mean It
Chapter 3 Nature
Topiary cake, Water and shells, Wreath, Hay bales, Tree Bark with bird, White on white leaves
Chapter 4 Geometric Shapes
Stained Glass Cake, Alphabet cake, Hearts/Dots, Candy dots and swirl cake, Topsy-Turvy
Chapter 5 Flowers
Stamping cake, Lattice cake, Puff flowers cake, Ribbon Rose Hobnail cake, Bouquet cake
Chapter 6 Fabrics, Buttons, and Bows
Ribbon and bows, Buttons and Ruffles, Toile, Ribbon loop, Bow tie, Pearls
Chapter 7 Special Occasions
Bridesmaid/Bride, Monogram, Tattoo Cake, Hat cupcakes, Red, White and Blue Swag Cake, Present cake, Animal cake, Sports fan cake
Part III: Recipes
Chapter 8 Cakes