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Book Review: Cake Art

Updated on March 22, 2008

Do you love the idea of being able to make beautiful decorated cakes yourself? If so, you should definitely place Cake Art on your must-read list. Compiled by the chefs at The Culinary Institute of America, this book prepares how-to instructions for creating breathtakingly beautiful confections with amazing photography that will make your mouth water.

Cake decorating really is an art, but when you read Cake Art, you'll have the benefit of learning secrets of cake decorating providing by some of the best pastry chefs and trainers in the world. You'll find pictorial, step-by-step cake decorating instructions that anyone can follow, along with simple yet delicious recipes for icing, cakes, and fillings.


Among the many delicious recipes included in Cake Art, you'll find instructions for making:

  • Carrot Cake
  • Chocolate Sponge Cake
  • Devil's Food Cake
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake
  • Vanilla Sponge Cake
  • Many Additional Taste Tempting Treats

Who Will Enjoy the Book?

No matter what your skill level is when it comes to baking and decorating cakes, you'll learn something from this book. The book starts out with Cake Decorating 101, which is filled with information and instructions that are simple enough for individuals who have no prior skills in cake decorating. The book is also a rich resource full of tips and advice for those who do have previous decorating experience.

Cake Art even includes activities just for kids. The youngsters in your household will delight in learning how to make stamped bugs and flowers cupcakes, mermaid cake, holiday cupcakes, and many other delicious treats that they can make and decorate.

What Will You Learn?

You'll find details about the type of equipment you'll need for various types of baking products. You'll also learn the best way to prepare cake pans and tips for cooling cakes once they're baked, ensuring that you'll get perfectly turned out baked goods worthy of your decorating talents every time.

There is an extensive section on piping, which is the key to being able to creating stunning decorated cakes. You'll learn how to hold a piping bag, details about the different types of tips, how to color icing, and how to create various decorative elements for cakes (such as mums, roses, etc.).

Once you learn the basics, you'll be able to tackle one or more of the complete projects detailed in Cake Art. In no time at all, you'll be able to bake a cake from scratch, make icing, assemble the cake, and adorn it with delicious and beautiful frosting d├ęcor. With the help of Cake Art, you'll develop a new artistic skill, and your cakes will be the life of every party.


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