Colette's Cakes: The Art of Cake Decorating
Colette's Cakes: The Art of Cake Decorating by top cake decorator Colette Peters brings you step-by-step instruction and the recipes for 34 creative and stunning cakes.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 163 pages.
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
Author: Colette Peters
Description: Colette Peters, one of America's foremost practitioners of the art of cake decorating, presents complete instructions for reproducing thirty-four of her most gorgeous and inventive cakes. Step-by-step directions and more than two hundred line drawings and color photographs guarantee that even a novice will be able to create exceptional cakes from the very beginning. Experienced bakers will discover unique designs that will inspire their own creativity. From a simple -- and simply beautiful! -- seashell cake to a multi-tiered wedding extravaganza, Colette's cakes are certain to astonish and impress at birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, and other family gatherings -- in fact, any occasion that calls for a special celebration.
Colette provides recipes for delicious white and chocolate cake interiors, icings (butter- creams, fondant, and royal icings, and other useful cake-decorating materials such as gum paste and sugar molds. She describes and illustrates the necessary tools of the trade (mostly inexpensive and readily available) and gives directions for making a breath-taking variety of lifelike flowers and other decorations in icings. Basic cake-decorating and icing tips are provided, as well as instructions for constructing tiered cakes. Also included is a source list of stores and suppliers in the United States and Canada that sell all of the items necessary to reproduce every cake in the book.
Dividing the cakes into three levels of difficulty, Colette takes the aspiring cake decorator from cakes that anyone with a minimum amount of knowledge can produce, through an intermediate section that contains some multitiered cakes, to advanced cakes that are masterpieces of the cake decorator's art.
In the beginner category are whimsical cakes that resemble a cactus plant (perfect for a Tex-Mex theme party), a bowl of popcorn (for a TV football party), a Father's Day sweater, a Halloween witch's hat, and a jewelry-box cake that would be a magical centerpiece for a birthday party or for Mother's Day.
In the intermediate category are a baby's bib for a first birthday, a shower, or christening, a festive Christmas holly cake and a Christmas tree centerpiece, a sophisticated New Year's Eve cake, and an exquisite spring bouquet. Advanced cakes include a Valentine's Day sweet heart, a chocolate teddy bear to delight any child, several gloriously elaborate wedding cakes, and a playful cake for the Fourth of July.
Anyone who has ever dreamed of decorating cakes like the finest professionals will find Colette Peters a reassuring teacher and a dazzlingly creative artist.
Condition: Good condition.
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