Lambeth Technique

Decorating By southaustingirl Updated 29 May 2014 , 5:38pm by nellirosas

donnajf Posted 18 Feb 2007 , 12:32am
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This passed xmas I wanted a Lamberth book! but santa didn't get my email... what a cheapsKate!

I'M STILL WAITING SANTA icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

I know! I'll buy the darn think myself and SEND THE BILL TO SANTA!! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif

ShirleyW Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 9:46am
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Earlier in this thread I mentioned a cake we did in the Lambeth class taught by Edith Gates in 1964. It was a cake made with 3,000 apple blossoms made petal by petal with a #101s rose tip. I have found the old photo and posted it in the gallery here.

I also found my wedding cake photo but we are in it and since we aren't allowed to post photos of people I won't try and post it. The detail of the Lambeth work doesn't show well in the snapshot anyway.

NewbeeBaker Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 12:50pm
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WOW Shirley, that is an AMAZING cake! Jen

playingwithsugar Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 12:53pm
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Oh, Shirley, I'm available for adoption. Please adopt me and teach me all the nifty things you already know!

Theresa icon_smile.gif

tiptop57 Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 9:12pm
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Shirley, you had me at your wedding cake, but your Gondola is incredible!!!!!!!!!!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 9:17pm
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Oh Shirley! If it wasn't idolatry, I'd bow before your greatness! icon_biggrin.gif You are a truly talented woman and I greatly appreciate your input on this site!!

ShirleyW Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 9:24pm
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Thanks everyone. I loved learning that technique, I think it is beautiful. But todays cakes are beautiful in their own way and I like learning new things. Although the Peter Allen song "Everything old is new again" is so true, as I see Lambeth is a subject of interest and seems to be making a comeback. I know someone in San Diego is teaching and also Wilton in Chicago.

I will be 68 this year, if I don't pass this stuff on now while I'm here, what will we do with it when I am gone? I understand Frances Kuyper has a cake museum in California, maybe I should donate some of these old photos and books.

superstar Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 9:46pm
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Shirley, your work is absolutely beautiful.

ShirleyW Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 10:07pm
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Thank you June, I appreciate the nice comment.

strawberry0121 Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 11:34pm
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Shirley, if you're donating....I would gladly take responsibility of your books!!!! icon_lol.gif

ShirleyW Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 11:49pm
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You would have to beat my 14 year old granson Dominic to them. He wants to go to California Culinary Academy in San Francsico after graduation, he wants to be a pastry chef. He will get all of my cookbooks, but probably some of the cake books as well as the pedestal cake plate collection.

strawberry0121 Posted 21 Feb 2007 , 11:52pm
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Well, then there you go! You need to pass some of this stuff on to him! You need to have a gramnda lesson this summer, just the two of you for a week or two, cakin' it up!

ShirleyW Posted 22 Feb 2007 , 12:11am
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Good idea, we like to hang out together but as he gets older it is harder to find ways of entertaining him. We have worked on gumpaste items together, he helped make the seashells for his sisters wedding cake. Last year he called and asked what I would like for my birthday. I suggested he make a cake or brownies, he elected to make brownies and they were decorated with pink icing piping and a pink ribbon to "Worlds Best grandma" but the best part was the numeral candles he added, they made me three years younger than my actual age. icon_lol.gif

strawberry0121 Posted 22 Feb 2007 , 12:16am
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Hahaha!! I am able to cheat with my grandma. I turned 30, my mom turns 50, dad turns 60, Nanny turns 70...all this year.

ShirleyW Posted 22 Feb 2007 , 5:23am
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Well that would really make it easy to remember everyone's age.

RisqueBusiness Posted 22 Feb 2007 , 7:53pm
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sorry that I didnt' jump into the thread earlier...The cake is amazing. I remember my mother working on things like that when I was younger.

I remember when I got into cake decorating that I thumbed my nose at those techniques as old fashioned.

I could Beat myself senseless with an icing bag for not picking her brain and thinking that NEW was better.


Thank you for posting the incredible picture..

and it made me laugh...these newbies have NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Idea how easy it is for them now with simpler techinques...and they still

Some of

Love ya lady!

MaisieBake Posted 22 Feb 2007 , 8:29pm
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The technique is lovely, but who's paying for the hours and hours of work that these cakes take? Are you all seeing a market for lambeth?

RisqueBusiness Posted 22 Feb 2007 , 8:34pm
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Originally Posted by MaisieBake

The technique is lovely, but who's paying for the hours and hours of work that these cakes take? Are you all seeing a market for lambeth?

that was just the way things were done at one time, the excess of hours is not profit worthy that's why the technique has fallen into disfavor, but, there will be someone out there that will appreciate the work and pay for it.

bobwonderbuns Posted 19 Feb 2009 , 1:20am
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Wow! I can't even remember the last time I saw this thread!! And it's good to know Lambeth is still inquired about! icon_biggrin.gif

gerripje Posted 19 Feb 2009 , 8:59am
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I absolutely love it! I wish I could do such intricate work! I've stared at a cake done by cakemommy until my eyes felt like they were bleeding I loved it so much.

7yyrt Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 10:32pm
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Shirley's link on the blossom cake no longer works, so here's the fixed link.

gerripje Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 3:56am
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OMG!!! That cake is out of this world, I love it!! I am really fascinated by this technique, but I have wrist issues creeping up more and more. I still just love looking at these cakes anyway.

jlynnw Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 12:30am
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Annabakescakes Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 2:08am
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peppercorns Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 5:45am
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ALambeth, yes that thread is no longer available, if you are interested Eddie Spence book on Royal Icing is available, and it teaches this technique, no longer called Lambeth, but overpiping technique. You can order book from Sugarcraft. Good luck

DiddleMeSweet Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 8:34am
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Kathleen Lange teaches it, Nicolas lodge teaches it, David Macarfrae (Comes once a year to America) this, and PME diploma courses teach this. I'd post their links but they may delete them for advertising their businesses. You can find Kathleen Lange, Nicolas Lodge, and PME Certified instructors in the states that offer classes and certificates upon completion of these classes. They also sell the Lambeth book on CD. Just google them and you will find them. CA, TX, FL and I believe VA.

jensopr Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 11:51am
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what a pitty all link´s does not work ;-(  overpiping technique is time eating, but it is a very nice art to decorate cakes :-) 

DiddleMeSweet Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 7:58pm
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I am learning the Lambeth Technique "Lily A La Lambeth" via DVD. Google Tami Utley and it's the first one you see. The DVD's are not expensive and I find very informative. I ordered mine on a Thursday and it arrived the following Monday. I'd post information regarding what I find, but the Administrators will remove it and say I am advertizing their sites. Even though there are OTHERS very interested in this kind of cake decorating. There are places in Texas that teach this technique for around 250.00. I would google that too. I find this cake decorating just beautiful. But it does require patience and practice! I hope this helps! I hope they don't delete my thread...

012belle Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 4:40pm
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What type of icing do you use for this method?

maybenot Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 9:36pm
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Lambeth work is done with royal icing.

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