Recommendations For Cake Decorating Dvds Or Books?

Decorating By ubercakes Updated 30 Mar 2012 , 4:29pm by Rosie2

ubercakes Posted 29 Mar 2012 , 9:23pm
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hi guys,

Im looking to buy some cake decorating dvds and books, from basic to advance, using buttercream and fondant. any suggestions?

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ladij153 Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 2:56am
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I have dvds from all of these artists;

http://www.sugaredproductions.com/

http://www.cakesbydesign.cc/cakes_by_design.html

http://order.nicholaslodge.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=78_306

They all are good and you get information and instructions from different perspectives so you can develop your own style

Edited to add designmeacake.com
Edna has some wonderful tutorials and dvds...she is also very helpful if you pm her with a question.....a terrific lady all around and does beautiful work!!

dlyoung Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 3:35am
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Check out Edna's website - http://designmeacake.com.. Her tutorials are excellent and I've purchased most of her DVD's. I have also purchased some of her products.

Marianna46 Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 4:00am
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I'm a big fan of Sharon Zambito's DVDs. They're clear, well-explained and entertaining. And her solutions to problems are SO sensible.

Apti Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 5:05am
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Originally Posted by ubercakes

hi guys, Im looking to buy some cake decorating dvds and books, from basic to advance, using buttercream and fondant. any suggestions?




If you wish to concentrate on classic butter cream skills, you cannot do better than to purchase these out-of-print encyclopedias by Wilton. Since most of the sellers seem to be in the USA, you may find shipping difficult or prohibitively expensive, but I definitely recommend all 3 volumes. You can google, try eBay, ABE.com, Alibris, etc.

There are 3 volumes, 1, 2 and 3 and they illustrate all the "old" techniques, which of course, were mostly buttercream. They do show marzipan and fondant, but it's "old" 70's style.

The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating, Volume One
ISBN 0912696044
Originally published in 1974.

The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating, Volume Two
ISBN 0912696117
Originally published 1977

The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating, Volume Three
ISBN 0912696168
Originally published 1979

If you search online to purchase, BE VERY SURE they are the Encyclopedia Volumes 1, 2 or 3. Many book sellers list the wrong books! (They will list any of a number of old Wilton books that will not be what you want.) My versions say on the cover of each book "Volume 1, A complete encyclopedia" (and so on for Vol 2 and 3).
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Alternatively, Autumn Carpenter just put out a pictorial volume in Feb 2012 that sounds wonderful. You can "see inside" on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1589236696/?tag=cakecentral-20
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If videos are your best way of learning techniques, you CANNOT go wrong buying every single one of the Sharon Zambito DVD's:
http://www.sugaredproductions.com/

sillywabbitz Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 3:28pm
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I second www.sugaredproductions.com

My recommendations to all people is to order the first couple in order:
Perfecting the Art of Buttercream
Flawless Fondant
Stacking

Then the rest are just fab to have. The one I probably use the most after the above list is Boxes and Bows but they are all great! You can't beat Sharon's literal step by step.

j92383 Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 3:47pm
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I recommend you go to your local library and check out some books and DVD. That way you can check it out before purchasing. That's what I started doing because most of the books I bought either didn't have enough information or just included pictures with no instructions on how to recreate the techniques. i just go on amazon make a list of books that look interesting than check the library website to see if they have them.

sweetideas Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 3:56pm
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Originally Posted by Marianna46

I'm a big fan of Sharon Zambito's DVDs. They're clear, well-explained and entertaining. And her solutions to problems are SO sensible.




Yes, I agree! Also, Mikes Amazing Cakes, and Jennifer Dontz. Love them all. And Aine2 has some great online tutorials as well!

Rosie2 Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 4:29pm
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Originally Posted by Marianna46

I'm a big fan of Sharon Zambito's DVDs. They're clear, well-explained and entertaining. And her solutions to problems are SO sensible.


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