What Are Your Must Have Books For Cake Decorating?

Decorating By ThisNameInUse Updated 3 Apr 2009 , 1:30am by nanatrucker

ThisNameInUse Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 8:46pm
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My daughter is getting ready to graduate high school, and is going for her bachelor's degree in "Pastry Arts Technology".

I ask her all the time what she would like for a graduation present (from high school) and she always says a hot pink Kitchenaid mixer (That's my girl! icon_wink.gif )

Besides that, I want to start collecting supplies and books for her.... Any suggestions? Tips? Anything she can do this summer before she starts college to better prepare her?

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nanatrucker Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 10:05pm
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The Essential Cake Decorating Guide is a very informative book . Hope this helps!

ThisNameInUse Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 10:36pm
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OK thank you! icon_smile.gif

auntmamie Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 10:47pm
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Not a cake book, but Real Simple has a guide book for new college students - a "how to do everything that your Mom taught you, in a dorm" book. I just graduated from college, and didn't have a cell when I first lived in the dorms. My parents phone bill was huge from me calling home to ask how to do laundry!

For cake books, I love Confetti Cakes and Beautiful Cakes by Peggy Porschen.

artscallion Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 10:59pm
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"The international School of Sugar>craft" series of three books by Nicholas Lodge and janice Murfitt are indispensable. As is Toba Garrett's "The Well Decorated Cake."

drummer27 Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 11:34pm
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Your daughter is a smart girl! I decorated my whole kitchen around my pink KitchenAid. I have the light pink.

My new favorite book is The Essential Cake Decorating Guide. I love it, every decorator should have it.

foxymomma521 Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 11:43pm
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I'm a fan of the Wilton Encyclopedias. You can usually find them on Ebay.

cakelady31 Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 12:05am
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I don't really have that many, but what i do have is couple of collette peters books. Amazing and i reference those books all the time for ideas and recipes on frosting, gumpaste, fondant, etc. Very inspirational and pretty much got me hooked.

cakelady31 Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 12:08am
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Not to mention , this little awsome place called cake central. icon_biggrin.gif Priceless!

underthesun Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 12:10am
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Although not a cake decorating book, The Professional Pastry Chef and the Advance Pastry Chef by Friberg are my husband's pastry "Bibles". Great information on technique and incredible recipes. Always the first books he recommends to any future Pastry Chef. Good luck to your daughter. thumbs_up.gif

Tortess Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 12:11am
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I seearched at Amazon for Essential Cake Decorating Guide. There were several listed by different people. Which ones are you guys referring to?

artscallion Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 12:29am
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While we're on the subject of books... I'm REALLY enjoying my first tries at gum paste flowers and would really like to pursue becoming an expert at them. What is the best instructional manual on learning to do these well?

LaBellaFlor Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 1:11am
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First & foremost "The Cake Bible" , followed by "The Pie & Pastry Bible" both by Rose Levy Beranbaum. And if you can find it, the 1960's edition of "The Fannie Farmer Cookbook". It gives you a good base on cooking & baking even if it is an outdated edition & has been revised many times.

LaBellaFlor Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 1:11am
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First & foremost "The Cake Bible" , followed by "The Pie & Pastry Bible" both by Rose Levy Beranbaum. And if you can find it, the 1960's edition of "The Fannie Farmer Cookbook". It gives you a good base on cooking & baking even if it is an outdated edition & has been revised many times.

ThisNameInUse Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 2:36am
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Ahh you guys are AWESOME! Thank you!

And the really cool thing, she works at the library, so I can get her to check them out for a sneak peak before purchase!

Ya know, they would also make good graduation gifts for her when friends and family ask what she needs! YAY!

She wants a hot pink mixer like the one in my avatar, but from what I read, that color has been discontinued....bummer!

It was easy when I knew exactly what color she wanted, but it's difficult picking out another color. They have so many awesome color choices, I can't make choose! I'm a Libra... <this one, or that one....this one, or that one....>

JulyMama Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 3:27am
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try looking here for your colour. You could try calling them to see if they have it. They carry rare and discontinued colors.
I was gonna say see if you could have it shipped to you, but they are also in Ohio, maybe they are close to you?
http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/page/inside-kitchenaid-experience-center

ThisNameInUse Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 4:09am
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Thank you!!!

I was looking at JCPenny and they have a color called grape that is really cool, and somewhere, can't remember where, I saw a really pretty bright blue.....and lime....and orange.....LOL... I saw one on HSN called Buttercup that was really pretty, too....

My friend has one that is black and has flames painted on it. Another friend has one that is painted to look like Eddie Van Halens red guitar.

Anyone else have their's customized?

foxymomma521 Posted 1 Apr 2009 , 6:26pm
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TiaSophia Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 4:37pm
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Oh I have that Kitchenaid Mixer! Keep looking, my husband was able to find it for me right after it was discontinued. It's the perfect color, good luck finding one!

ThisNameInUse Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 6:16pm
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Isn't the hot pink called Boysenberry or something like that??

TiaSophia Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 6:26pm
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I'm 99% sure it's called Cranberry. Even though that doesn't fit the hot pink color at all, lol.

ThisNameInUse Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 6:29pm
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yeah! That was it!

Thanks!

nanatrucker Posted 3 Apr 2009 , 1:29am
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The 2003 essential cake decorating guide is the one I have.

nanatrucker Posted 3 Apr 2009 , 1:30am
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The 2003 essential cake decorating guide is the one I have.

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