Cake Decorating Step By Step
Photography by Deirdre Rooney
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced baker, this book is designed to provide you with all the baking and decorating techniques you’ll need to become a confident and creative cake, cupcake and cookie maker.
Simple instructions for gorgeous cakes. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced baker, this book is designed to provide you with all the baking and decorating techniques you’ll need to become a confident and creative cake, cupcake and cookie maker. With easy-to-follow recipes and advice about essential tools, experienced cake decorator Giovanna Torrico guides you through the planning and preparation stages, including baking and icing tips and how to layer and stack a cake. Using stylish designs and handcrafted edible flowers and animals, you can create personalised masterpieces for all occasions. Step-by-step photography enables you to follow the decorating techniques closely to achieve stunning results every time.
Have you ever wondered how professional cake makers manage to make their cakes look so desirable, so delicious, and so perfect? I have. I have felt in awe of some of the wonderful decorations and often wondered just how did they achieve such precise and colourful edible art?
I am not suggesting that I have instantly become a professional cake decorator but this step by step guide has removed some of the fear of failure and given me confidence to try some of the examples here. And there are a range of techniques – from simple frostings and icings, to piping, decorating with sugar paste, using moulds and templates, layering, covering and stacking; there is a technique here for all levels of competency.
Giovanna Torrico also provides foundation recipes for your baking; biscuits (cookies) cupcakes, lemon and poppy seed, coffee cake, red velvet cake… and more. There are some beautiful layered cakes that will make prefect birthday cakes for a certain grandson J I can’t wait to try them out.
Have you heard of edible glue? What a fantastic product to make decorating easy! And decorating moulds? Yes there are plenty of “tools” to help you achieve a professional finish to your cake decorating. I wish I knew of such things when I was courageously attempting to decorate my children birthday cakes.
With the ingredients to hand I have made a delicious coffee and walnut cake with coffee cream. Perfect for afternoon tea, this cake transported me back to a time when shopping in the city was not complete without stopping at a particular Scandinavian pastry shop for coffee and a slice of mouth-watering cake; so adult! Do you have any special “cake memories”?
This book is truly inspiring and there are skills and techniques to suit all levels of decorating confidence.
Wow, Carol! It looks as though you’ve already learned a lot from this book. I always appreciate it when experts can break down what they do so that ‘regular’ people can understand it and learn from it. Glad to hear this is that sort of book.