The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

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This book is a comprehensive how-to book about all of the most popular cake decorating techniques, including piped frosting, fondant, and hand modeled figures. For each technique, there is an overview of the tools and materials used and complete instructions with photos. The organization provides easy access to information with step-by-step directions and 600 full-color photos for clear understanding. Easy projects allow the reader to try the techniques in each section. Galleries of decorated cakes by various artists offer the reader examples and inspiration to pursue the hobby for themselves.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 208.28 x 271.78 x 25.4mm | 1,224.69g
  • Creative Publishing International, US
  • Beverly, United States
  • English
  • 800 colour illustrations
  • 1589236696
  • 9781589236691
  • 17,400

Table of contents


Basic Cake Preparation

Tools for Baking and Decorating Cakes

Baking the Cake

Torting and Filling Cakes

Filling Recipes

Baking Cupcakes

Filling Cupcakes

Icing Recipes

Rolled Icing and Icing for Sculpting Recipes

Food Color

Icing the Cake in Buttercream

Buttercream Iced Cakes with Texture

Covering a Cake with Ganache

Covering a Cake with Rolled Fondant

Cake Mortar

Icing a Cupcake

Covering Cupcakes with Ganache

Covering Cupcakes with Fondant

Crispy Treat Sculptures

Cake Boards

Stacking Cakes

Shelf Life, Storage, and Transportation of Cakes

Cupake Chart

Understanding Circumference and Diameter

Cake Chart

Piping TechnIques

Using Pastry Bags, Tips, and Couplers

Tip Usage

Basic Piping

Piped Borders


Simple Flowers

Advanced Flowers

Royal Icing Decorations

Run Sugar Pictures

Brush Embroidery


Extension Work



Fondant and Gum Paste Accents

Pasta Machine

Clay Extruders

Silicone Border Molds

Accents with Silicone Molds

Accents with Candy Molds

General Rolling and Cutting Instructions for Gum Paste and Fondant Pieces

Cookie Cutter Cutouts

Gum Paste Letter Cutters

Patchwork Cutters

Making Picks

3-D Gum Paste Pieces

Plunger Cutters

Basic Information on Flower Making

Gerbera Daisies



Calla Lily (Arum Lilies)

Faux Fabric Roses and Leaves

Curly Streamer Bow

Gum Paste Bows

Ribbon Bands

Dividing and Marking the Cake for Drapes and Swags

Ruffles and Frills



Eyelet Decorating

Quilling Gum Paste

Basic Shapes for Hand Modeling

Hand-Modeling Animals

Hand-Modeling People


Miscellaneous TechnIques

Adding Shimmer and Sparkle to Cakes


Edible Frosting Sheets

Painting and Coloring on Fondant


Cricut Cake

Natural Landscapes

Chocolate Wrapped Cake

Chocolate Molding

Gelatin Accents



Design Gallery


About the Author


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Review quote

"Sugar artist Carpenter (All About Candy Making) perfectly explains her book: 'If you are a beginning decorator, this book will serve as a step-by-step course in cake decorating. If you are an experienced or professional decorator, this book will quickly become your go-to guide when seeking out new techniques.' This is an all-inclusive look at how to make a stunning cake from start to finish. Organized in easy-to-browse sections, it takes readers through the process from preparation, tools, and recipes; to decorating techniques and templates; to extras to make your projects special; to a gallery of designs for inspiration. The numerous photographs are not only visually appealing but educational, and add to the quality of this exceptional work. Essential for anyone interested in baking and decorating cakes." - Library Journal
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About Autumn Carpenter

Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Autumn Carpenter is a nationally known confectionery artist, author, and demonstrator. She has published several books, including The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating, The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating, and Decorating Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. She demonstrates annually at the I.C.E.S. (International Cake Exploration Societe) and travels across the United States, sharing the craft of cake decorating and other confectionery arts. Autumn is co-owner of Country Kitchen SweetArt, a retail cake and candy supply store that has been in her family for over 45 years. The business caters to walk-in store sales, catalog sales, and an online store, Autumn has developed her own line of useful tools and equipment for cake decorating and cookie decorating, and sells them online and in many cake and candy supply stores throughout the United States and in several other countries. Her cakes and products have been featured in numerous publications and magazines, including American Cake Decorating and Cake Central.
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Rating details

149 ratings
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4 30% (45)
3 13% (20)
2 2% (3)
1 1% (2)

Our customer reviews

Absolutely fab book, an essential for the amateur baker like myself!so easy to follow!covers the very basics of making sponge, buttercream etc so the more advanced decorating skills. Highly recommended. And a great price here too, almost double that elsewhere!show more
by Deirdre Boyle
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