What's Your Favorite Cake Decorating Book?

Decorating By cakestars Updated 28 Oct 2010 , 11:26am by shearpamela

cakestars Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 1:38pm
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I'm in the mood to buy some books and I only have Wilton ones from my classes. I was just wondering what everyone's all time favorite cake decorating book...or books...are.

thanks!!

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brincess_b Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:09pm
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anything by carole deacon or debbie brown for novelty cakes
colette peters for amazing if only cakes! great inspiration for more sopisticated/ designer cakes, that you can quite easily simplify to one tier, less work.
alan dunn if you like sugar flowers
sweet and simple party akes by may clee-cadman, they are indeed sweet, and simple, good for cakes.
bake me im yours collection - cookies, cupcakes and chocolate - such a nice collection!

id just head along to the book shop/ library and have a browse, its the only way to judge! i quite fancy the whats new cupcake too.
xx

shearpamela Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:20pm
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Whimsical Bakehouse
The Well Decorated Cake
Cakes to Dream on
Confetti Cakes
Martha Stewart Weddings
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imagenthatnj Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:30pm
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Sweet and Simple Party Cakes and Cake For Romantic Occasions
by May Clee-Cadman
Lots of step-by-step instructions. Easy to follow.
http://www.maisiefantaisie.co.uk/wedding-cakes.html

All the Peggy Porschen books
http://www.peggyporschen.com/

Planet Cake
http://theplanetcakeapprentice.blogspot.com/

jaynecman Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:38pm
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at the moment i only have 2
begginners guide to cake decorating and party cakes for kids wich is about 20 years old and belonged to my mum (which just happens to be my fave) but i do have my eye on a few more books in the book shop

Emmar308 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:42pm
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Any Lindy Smith book and definately Planet Cake book - just wish i could make my cakes look as good as theirs!

luddroth Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:54pm
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The Well Decorated Cake by Toba Garrett -- it's the bible in my kitchen. Recipes, techniques, ideas, tools, everything.

thecakeprincess Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:57pm
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Planet Cake
Cofetti Cakes

lchristi27 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 3:03pm
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Originally Posted by luddroth

The Well Decorated Cake by Toba Garrett -- it's the bible in my kitchen. Recipes, techniques, ideas, tools, everything.




DITTO!! If you only buy one book, this is the one you want...

aundron Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 3:25pm
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1. The Well Decorated Cake by Toba Garrett. My Favorite, the BC recipe in this book is AWESOME!! She shows you techniques, recipes, etc.

2. Anything by Debbie Brown. She takes you step by step on cakes.

3 Confetti Cakes

luddroth Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 3:48pm
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Originally Posted by aundron

1. The Well Decorated Cake by Toba Garrett. My Favorite, the BC recipe in this book is AWESOME!! She shows you techniques, recipes, etc.

2. Anything by Debbie Brown. She takes you step by step on cakes.

3 Confetti Cakes


Agree about Toba's BC -- in fact all of them -- she has a SMBC that is heaven, but her decorator's BC, with shortening, is also delicious. Plus, her "Moist Yellow Cake" is the scratch cake everyone is looking for. Delicious, moist, sturdy enough for torting and fondant. I use it almost exclusively because I can't get enough of it.

Kellbella Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 4:02pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by luddroth

Quote:
Originally Posted by aundron

1. The Well Decorated Cake by Toba Garrett. My Favorite, the BC recipe in this book is AWESOME!! She shows you techniques, recipes, etc.

2. Anything by Debbie Brown. She takes you step by step on cakes.

3 Confetti Cakes

Agree about Toba's BC -- in fact all of them -- she has a SMBC that is heaven, but her decorator's BC, with shortening, is also delicious. Plus, her "Moist Yellow Cake" is the scratch cake everyone is looking for. Delicious, moist, sturdy enough for torting and fondant. I use it almost exclusively because I can't get enough of it.




I agree...her yellow cake recipe is wonderful and her chocolate bc is THE best choc BC I have ever tasted...it's my go to choc BC. thumbs_up.gif

lanana Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 4:23pm
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The well decorated cake

The planet cake

MS The wedding book

Cakes to dream of

the wedding cake decorator's bible


that's my five fav

silverdragon997 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 4:27pm
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I just got the Planet Cake book at Barnes and Noble in the bargain book section - priced at $9.98!

imagenthatnj Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 4:55pm
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I just got the Planet Cake book at Barnes and Noble in the bargain book section - priced at $9.98!




Yes, they keep on bringing the price down. I think Paris Cutler is coming out with a cupcakes book and that's why.

I got 5 of the Planet Cake books two weeks ago from Barnes & Noble at $5.99 each. An amazing bargain.

Lita829 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 5:10pm
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My top 5 are:

Romatic Cakes by Mae Clee-Cadman
Martha Stewart Wedding Cakes
Confetti Cakes
Spectacular Cakes by Mich Turner
Pretty Party Cakes by Peggy Porschen

I keep hearing how fabulous the Toba Garrett Book is. I have to get that one.

CharliesMom09 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 5:21pm
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Does anyone have any thoughts on Toba Garrett's Well-Decorated Cake vs. her Professional Cake Decorating book? Is the latter worth the price (B&N online has former for $11 and latter for $39)? I can't find them locally to browse, so would have to order online. Thanks!

Jaimelt76 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 5:28pm
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I downloaded Toba's professional cake book from 4shared and love it. I also have the well decorated cake and love that one as well.
Here is the link if you would like to download it yourself.
http://search.4shared.com/q/1/professional%20cake%20decorating

emrldsky Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 5:56pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimelt76

I downloaded Toba's professional cake book from 4shared and love it. I also have the well decorated cake and love that one as well.
Here is the link if you would like to download it yourself.




I'm not sure that link is a legal download, seeing as you can't actually purchase any of her books in eBook format. And since that link is a free download, I'm about 99% sure it's not legal.

I don't have many books so far, but several of the ones mentioned on are my "WANT!" list. icon_biggrin.gif I do have the planet cake book, and I recently picked up Bakerella's Cake Pops book (it's soooo pretty and fun!).

Lita829 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 6:05pm
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The Cake Pops book is really nice. I don't quite have the patients to do large batches of cake pops but they are cute.

tmdoxie Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 4:16am
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Anything Toba Garrett
Martha Stewart Wedding Cakes
The Whimsical Bakehouse
Buttercream Flowers by Roland Winbeckler

shearpamela Posted 28 Oct 2010 , 11:26am
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I have both of Toba's books and The Professional Cake Decorating one is 353 pages of very detailed lessons to help you teach yourself at home, more of a training handbook. It is also hardcover.
Each chapter covers a new technique to master and has recipes and patterns in the back of her book. The Well Decorated Cake is softcover, and 176 pages. It has some patterns and recipes also.

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