The Contemporary Buttercream Bible: The complete practical guide to cake decorating with buttercream icing

The Contemporary Buttercream Bible: The complete practical guide to cake decorating with buttercream icing

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By (author) Valeri Valeriano, By (author) Christina Ong

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  • Publisher: DAVID & CHARLES
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 276mm x 15mm | 688g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Newton Abbot
  • ISBN 10: 1446303977
  • ISBN 13: 9781446303979
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 9,199

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The essential reference to modern cake decorating with buttercream icing, this remarkable book demonstrates more than 50 innovative techniques in beautiful step-by-step photographic sequences. With over 40 stunning cake designs to create at home, from simple cupcakes to three-tiered wonders, you will discover the sheer accessibility of buttercream, which needs very little specialist equipment or skill to get started. Start by perfecting a stable buttercream recipe that also tastes delicious then learn how to pipe simple textures and patterns, buttercream roses and an array of other flowers. From there you will learn how to create a myriad of creative effects in buttercream using diverse techniques such as stamping, stencilling, palette knife painting, buttercream transfers, lace and crochet effects, brushed embroidery, marbling, blending, writing, embellishing and more! If you're a beginner, you will learn new techniques that you can put into practice straight away on easy, single-tier projects and cupcakes; while more experienced cake decorators will enjoy mastering some of the more intricate and advanced buttercream piping techniques and create stunning three-tier cake designs. This is the only complete guide to creating buttercream cakes, bringing a traditional cake-decorating method bang up to date for the modern baker! Praise for the book: "The Contemporary Buttercream Bible is an absolute game changer in the industry of cake art. I've never seen techniques and talent presented in such a way as to be concurrently hugely aspirational yet completely approachable. I look forward to learning all the skills that I, as an artist in rolled fondant, have only the most rudimentary grasp of. Not since Cakewalk by Margaret Braun have I been this excited about a cake book. Bravo!" Chef Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes "If you love buttercream you'll adore this book. Lots of fascinating techniques to try and lovely ideas to develop. Thank you Valeri and Christina for generously sharing your buttercream secrets." Lindy Smith, author of The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible "There are numerous new and fresh techniques in the book ...but the main take-away for me was that buttercream designs are limited only by one's imagination. The authors' examples are inspirational and a demonstration of what is possible if you 'put your whole heart into it.' Overall, Valeriano and Ong have created a book full of inspiration and encouragement that re-energizes the use of buttercream in modern cake design." Sonya Hong, American Cake Decorating magazine

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Valeri Valeriano and Christina Ong left the Philippines in 2008 to work in the UK in the medical field. After learning how to make cupcake bouquets in 2011 they launched their business Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes and have since won several top awards for their buttercream designs. Now they are internationally renowned and teach classes in Europe, Asia and the US. www.queenofheartscouturecakes.com

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By KayVillarosa 20 May 2014 5

I pre-ordered this book, and received it earlier than I expected. The book is definitely not for beginners. However it is a great reference book for making beautiful designs that most books require to be made with mazipan or fondant techniques. Unlike most books this is all about buttercream, and it even goes into step-by-step instructions on how to make a transfer to place on your cake. Beautiful photos. This book also encourages cake decorators to venture out with their own artistic talents to decorate cakes! Great buy!

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"The Contemporary Buttercream Bible is an absolute game changer in the industry of cake art. I've never seen techniques and talent presented in such a way as to be concurrently hugely aspirational yet completely approachable. I look forward to learning all the skills that I, as an artist in rolled fondant, have only the most rudimentary grasp of. Not since Cakewalk by Margaret Braun have I been this excited about a cake book. Bravo!" Chef Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes "If you love buttercream you'll adore this book. Lots of fascinating techniques to try and lovely ideas to develop. Thank you Valeri and Christina for generously sharing your buttercream secrets." Lindy Smith, author of The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible "There are numerous new and fresh techniques in the book ... but the main take-away for me was that buttercream designs are limited only by one's imagination. The authors' examples are inspirational and a demonstration of what is possible if you 'put your whole heart into it.' Overall, Valeriano and Ong have created a book full of inspiration and encouragement that re-energizes the use of buttercream in modern cake design." Sonya Hong, American Cake Decorating magazine

Table of contents

Introduction BUTTERCREAM BASICS Stable Buttercream Recipe, Adding Flavours, Equipment, Nozzle Guide, Colouring Buttercream, Mixing Colours, Inspirations, Covering Cakes, Crumb Coating, Smoothing, Sharp Edges, Textured Finishes, Covering Boards, Dowelling, Cupcakes, Recipe, Piping Peaks and Swirls PIPING TEXTURES AND PATTERNS Ruffles, Up and Down, Back and Forth, Squiggly Basketweave, Contemporary Basketweave E- and C-Scrolls Star Fill Dots Leaves Shells and Fleur de Lis Scrolls Lines and Zigzags FLOWERS Sunflower Leaves Camellia Hydrangea Carnation Sweet Pea Lilac Daisy Chrysanthemum Daffodil Rose and Rose Buds Piping and Arranging Flowers on a Cake Cupcake Bouquets Cuppie Cakes PALETTE KNIFE TECHNIQUES Palette Knife Brush Strokes Thinning Blending Gradient Blending Painting Flowers Marbling TRANSFERS, STENCILLING & STAMPING Frozen Buttercream Transfers Transfers Troubleshooting Stencilling Stamping and Sponging TEXTILE EFFECTS Brushed Embroidery Lace, Irregular Lace, Fishnet Lace Crochet, Patchwork Crochet WRITING Direct Piping Painting Pattern Transfer Embossing Stencilling Using Writing Creatively BEYOND BUTTERCREAM Embellishment Choices Rice Paper Sprinkles Candies Fruit Loops Templates Suppliers About the Authors, Acknowledgments Index