The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

by Autumn Carpenter

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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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ISBN-13: 9781610581929
Publisher: Creative Publishing International, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 940,480
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author

Autumn Carpenter is a skilled sugar artist, demonstrator, teacher, and author. She is a third generation candy-maker and confectionery artist; growing up she worked closely with her mother on books, product development, and classes. Autumn demonstrates annually at the International Cake Exploration Societé and travels the US teaching her craft. She has self-published several books on cake decorating, cookie decorating, cupcakes, and candy making. She is part-owner of a retail cake and candy supply shop and has a successful web site: and popular blog:

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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.

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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The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
FLOWERS402 More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommended this book! The thing I like most about this book are the pictures. Every technique has very good instructions, written and visual. They have included many good visual examples of many techniques. The only down fall I can mention, regarding this book, is that some of the examples take it for granted that you know how to get from point A to point B. If you don't have some knowledge of some of the techniques, you could possibly find yourself wondering how they got there, especially if you get most of your instruction by looking at the pictures rather than reading all of the instruction completely. That being said, I loved this book and highly recommend it!
hotkist More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book for novice cake decorators. It has good step by step instructions and some photos to follow through.
BowdiesGirl More than 1 year ago
Yup, I ended up buying 2!!! I bought the first one for myself and my mom kept stealing it so I bought one for her for Mother's Day. I absolutely love this book. It's like all 4 Wilton Courses, plus some more courses, rolled up into one book! Love, love, love it!
Sandra_Mason More than 1 year ago
This book is without a doubt, the best how to book on cake decorating ever!  It breaks down the steps of all kinds of decorating in simple terms so that any amateur can look like a pro decorating cakes!  It covers basic tools, piping techniques, fondant and gumpastes, sculpting and modeling, edible frosting sheets and much, much more.  It holds the basics and intricated designs of virtually everything you can think of for decorating cakes, and cupcakes.  It is a handy go to guide for a good reference book. The photographs are in color, and in ordered numbered.  It was a Godsend for me at my first endeavor of cake decorating!  I give it 5 magical stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelente libro, muchos tips
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it made the few confusing parts easy to understand visualy
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This is a cute cake that i could be making in my shop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got the sample can't wait to get the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same here