I'm just beginning cake decorating, and I'd like to know which book(s) are best for beginners. I'm a very visual person, so I prefer books with more pictures, but in your experience, which was your favorite book? Oh, and I'm also looking for a good starter kit for decorating, is the Wilton Decorating Kit any good? TIA :)
AThe Wilton yearbooks have step by step directions and pictures.
You might try going online and watching a lot of videos from you tube. There are thousands to choose from. I have the old Wilton books volume 1,2 and 3 which do show what each tip is used for but they don't show them using the tips so I learned more from watching the videos on you tube than I did from the books since I, too am visual. Books are great to have, don't get me wrong but on videos you see how to hold the tip and more of what to do.
Here is one for serious cakes. Look on list and where it says videos, click then see long list of videos and click on each one and watch. She normally will tell you what tip she is using on each of her cakes while decorating on video.
Here's one showing how to do flowers on cupcakes.
Another one from cake central with hundreds of tutorials
The good thing about videos is that you can watch them over and over until you understand what to do and you have to practice a whole lot.
I bought individual flower tips from Wilton and I also have ateco tips. I actually have too many and I find myself using the same ones over and over. I am sure there are more qualified people on this site that can tell you which tip sets that you can start out with and where to buy them. I am not an expert and have much to learn from everyone here that do it for a living. The people on this site are terrific and can answer just about any questions that you have because they live, eat and breathe cakes. They probably do it in their dreams!!LOL (just joking)HEHE!!
Good luck! /Mary
Actually, I had a dream last night about cakes. I thought it was pretty pathetic, but I'm sure I'm not the only one! ;) Thank you for the advice :)
I agree with Remnant3333 that youtube would be your best friend especially if you are a visual person of which you can grasp things easily.
Its amazing how we are so lucky to be in the age of Technology and have an abudance of free resources at our disposal.
The only thing you would need to do is to put in the time to watch n learn... :o)
One of my favorite cake decorating books is "The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating" by Autumn Carpenter. I got mine on Amazon for $14. She goes into alot of detail on many topics and the photos are awesome. I could look at this book for hours!
Also ... one of the best investments I have made is joining My Cake School.com. It is $30 for a year ($2.50/month!!) and there are tons of videos and helpful hints. I have learned so much in the three months since I joined.
This is very helpful, thanks Terri :)