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The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating
Format: Paperback, 328 Pages
ISBN: 9781589236691
Illustrations: 1160
Size: 8.25 x 10.8125
Weight: 0.19 lb.
Published: Feb. 1, 2012
Price: $24.99
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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.

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. Autumn's book Let's Bake Angry Birds Cakes will be publishedin October 2014. She demonstrates annually at the I.C.E.S. (International Cake ExplorationSociete) and travels across the United States, sharing the craft of cake decorating and otherconfectionery arts.Autumn is co-owner of Country Kitchen SweetArt, a retail cake and candy supply store that hasbeen in her family for over 45 years. The business caters to walk-in store sales, catalog sales, andan online store, shopcountrykitchen.com.Autumn has developed her own line of useful tools and equipment for cake decorating and cookiedecorating, and sells them online and in many cake and candy supply stores throughout theUnited States and in several other countries. Her cakes and products have been featured innumerous publications and magazines including American Cake Decorating and Cake Central.

"With the addition of cake pans to the library collection, the library also offers a wide variety of cake decorating books fit for every skill level. "The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating" by Autumn Carpenter is one such book and offers various techniques, accents, and preparation ideas that are included in a full color format and will leave you anxious to fire up the oven in your kitchen." - Lake Charles American Press

"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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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




Ganache is made by mixing heavy cream with chocolate to make a glaze that is satiny and rich. Ganache can be poured over a cake or whipped to spread on a cake. It also makes a delicious filling. This recipe calls for dark chocolate, but ganache can also be made with white, milk, semi-sweet, or bittersweet chocolate. White chocolate is not technically chocolate because it lacks cocoa powder, but the presence of cocoa butter allows it to work similarly to milk, semi-sweet, or bittersweet chocolate. White chocolate can be colored. Use an oil-based coloring to color white chocolate. The cocoa butter content in the chocolate will affect the thickness of the ganache. A couverture chocolate, or a chocolate with a high amount of cocoa butter, is best for ganache recipes. If using a chocolate with a lower cocoa butter content, the amount of cream can be increased. For the richest, best ganache, use real chocolate with cocoa butter, not candy coating, which has various oils. Candy coating is an affordable alternative and may be used, although the quality of the ganache will not be as good.

Ganache Recipe

- 3 tablespoons (42 g) unsalted butter

- 1/3 cup (80 g) whipping cream

- 8 ounces (227 g) dark chocolate

In a heavy duty saucepan, combine cream and butter. Cook on medium heat until it boils. Remove from heat. Add the chocolate and stir until almost all the chocolate is melted. Whisk the ganache until it is thoroughly melted and the icing is glossy. If chocolate has not completely melted, place the saucepan back on the stove. Heat on warm or very low until the chocolate is melted. Pour or spoon over cake.

Yields: 1 1/2 cups (375 mL)

Quality Counts: Chocolate will differ tremendously in flavor, texture, and thickness. The taste and quality of the ganache will depend on the chocolate used. Choose chocolate that is delicious and melts in your mouth when eaten out of the package, and it will make a fantastic ganache.

Storing Ganache

A cake covered in ganache can be kept at room temperature for one to two days. Unused ganache should be kept in the refrigerator. Ganache can be reheated by placing the ganache in the top pan of a double boiler over warm water. If a whipped ganache is desired, allow ganache to come to room temperature before whipping. Ganache may be reheated in the microwave for 5–10 seconds. Stir, then heat again if necessary, until ganache is desired thickness.


February 10,2012
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