- Print Length: 128 Pages
- Publisher: David & Charles Publishers
- Publication Date: February 1, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D5X6J9U
- ISBN-10: 1446302849
- ISBN-13: 978-1446302842
- File Format: PDF
Wow! Another fabulous book of cake tutorials from the incredible Zoe Clark, that is literally a showcase of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes that are creative and elegant, and with instructions that are clear and precise. If you have any of her other books, this follows in the same vein of presentation and teaching.
By now, most people in the cake world know that Zoe Clark is a world class cake decorator. She’s also the owner of her ethereal “The Cake Parlour” in London. Behind her name and reputation are several other cake decorating books that are full of themed imagination and beauty…….this time she has taken vintage cakes and given them a solid pedestal from which to teach.
Following in the same vein as her other books, Zoe brings 30 projects, from 10 central themes, all coordinated between the main cake, with cupcakes and cookies to add to the beauty of each set. Part of the success of these genre of books is the photography and styling. Once again, Zoe has an incredibly talented team that gives you the rush of desire to create these jewels, by clear, crisp photography and perfect staging of each baked beauty.
I found that the details of the decorations and efforts needed to create each project is very doable, even for beginners, though beginners will need to be solid in the basics of cake decorating. Though there are plenty of photos, there is not detailed step-by-step photography, but what is shown is quite enough to understand the process. As for the written instructions, they are clear and detailed and many!
Some of the decorations on these projects will have tutorials, whereas others are assumed knowledge, in particular with the cookies and cupcakes. Between the front chapters and back chapters, the basics of cake baking and decorating are well presented for you.
Without giving all the details and spoiling the fun, the Contents are as such:
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT: Baking essentials, creative tools and materials are explained, dictionary-style.
PROJECTS: The projects themselves are all creative, beautiful, and amazing, in particular with details:
—-There is a wedding cake with delicately piped “lace” as an overlay, with coordinating appliqué-style cookies and cupcakes.
—-How about a jewelry box with matching ring boxes and cameo brooches?
—-A total retro Art Deco cake.
—-A hat box and hat cookies.
—-This was an amazing cake………a sewing machine with bobbins and “spools” of thread!
—-Pinwheels are next and they are pretty and easy to make.
—-This next project was awesome. An old fashioned telephone! You know……the ones that were connected to the wall? Big, black, heavy phones? No? I guess you need to be an old fogey over 30 to remember these!
—-This cake is the blending of vintage and modern, with rice paper, bands, and pearls. Gorgeous!
—- Keeping in line with “vintage”, an antique clock, with all the embellished swirls and beading is next. Wow! Looks like the one my grandparents used way back when.
—-Now this project is my favorite one and will be my first to make. A vintage 50’s strapless party dress complete with a crinoline skirt, all displayed on a mannequin (edible of course!) Yowza!
The remaining pages of this wonderful new book has the recipes for the cakes and frostings, portion guides, preparation guidelines, as well as the techniques and tools and molds needed to make all the striking decorations and embellishments. This section is worth the price of the book alone. Templates finish off the chapter.
Needless to say, this one has been placed right next to Zoe’s other books in my cake library. You will not be disappointed if you enjoy this form of cake decorating.