butrcup Posted 16 Aug 2005 , 11:25pm

Hi there-
Can anyone recommend a cake book for a newbie? I'm more interested in BC than fondant and have been looking around the internet to buy some books-who better to recommend than those who know?!
I've bought a few of the Wilton year books...could someone please give me some pointers before I spend money on books that are either way over my head or filled with fondant? Huge thanks!

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irisinbloom Posted 16 Aug 2005 , 11:32pm

The Cake Mix Doctor is a good one, I purchased mine at Wal-Marticon_smile.gif

Ironbaker Posted 16 Aug 2005 , 11:33pm

I recommend The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. My first and it's still my "bible" for some things. I'm looking to get some more books also.

http://www.thecakebible.com/index2.html

Niki027 Posted 16 Aug 2005 , 11:36pm

Here is a list of some of the popular books.

The Whimsical Bakehouse might be the book for you.

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Kaye and Liv believe that a cake should taste as good as it looks, so they skip esoteric (and inedible) decorations in favor of simple buttercream, flavored whipped cream, and tinted candymakers chocolate, covering their luscious cakes with amusing designs and gorgeous color that are easy to make and delicious to eat. The cakes themselves are no less enticing, pairing old-fashioned favorites like Banana Cake and Spice Cake with sumptuous fillings such as French Custard and Chocolate Mousse. Simple step-by-step lessons, illustrated with photographs, explain how to re-create Livs charming chocolate designs, from the bright polka dots that shine against dark chocolate glaze to the shimmering stars that adorn the enchanting Starry Night. Templates for the delightful designs allow you to adapt these techniques to create your own unique decorations.


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butrcup Posted 17 Aug 2005 , 2:05am

Geez, there are so many...I'm going to get the Whimsical Bakehouse, but I have a feeling I'm going to smell burning plastic before this is done, Mastercard plastic to be specific-haha-thanks for the help!

Rainbow_Moon Posted 17 Aug 2005 , 2:32am

i have found a ton of books at my local library...i think i renewed the last batch a few times so had them for quite a long time! i also found a (extremely cheesy!) old cake decorating video from sher-a-craft.
i also keep an eye out at my local goodwill and savers thrift stores.

jjandascog Posted 17 Aug 2005 , 5:37am

I just got the Wilton Encyclopedias I, II & III off of Ebay and they are great. They show a lot of examples of what you can do with all of the tubes and lots of flowers (one has every state flower). I couldn't put them down.

TamiAZ Posted 17 Aug 2005 , 5:58am

You should check out overstock.com for cake books... They usually have a pretty good selection and you only pay $1 for shipping on your entire order!! icon_lol.gif

BigEasyCakes Posted 17 Aug 2005 , 6:23am

The "Whimsicle Bakehouse" is my choice. As well as the "Cake-Mix Doctor".

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