Reviews of Contemporary Cake Decorator’s Bible

The “Contemporary Cake Decorator’s Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects” by best-selling author and sugarcrafter Lindy Smith is packed full of modern, fun and exciting ideas to make your cake something special.

Not only does it include loads of ideas to inspire you, it also is a useful resource and reference book for mastering over 150 techniques in cake decorating and baking.  It also includes over 80 projects for you to get started with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Whether you are an experienced cake decorator looking for new ideas, or a complete novice, you will enjoy creating and learning from this beautifully illustrated book.

It also makes a fabulous gift for anyone who loves making and decorating cakes!

The Good

This book is viewed as a favorite by many customers, especially beginners as it contains detailed and clear step-by-step instructions and information about how to use a variety of tools, molds etc.

Some sections of the book that were really appreciated were “Non-Sugarcarft Tools” which shows you how to use everyday household items as tools, the “Color Wheel” sections for help on tinting and coloring icing and the “Cake Carving” section which is a particularly tricky thing to master.

Loads of people say that it is a fantastic book for explaining how to use the tools that most people probably have at home.

The Not So Good

Although claiming to have something for everyone, most people felt that it was more useful for those not so experienced.  People who are already skilled at cake decorating may not find that much to inspire or teach them.

Wilton Bake Easy Non-Stick Spray

Wilton Bake Easy Non-Stick Spray


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A very convenient solution to ensure that your cakes come out easily from your pans every time.  Forget messing with greasy pieces of kitchen paper or brushing on oil that pools in the crevices.

With just a light, even spray, your pans will be coated, and your cakes will be even and easier to decorate.

So is it really as good as all that? What do real customers say about it?

Pros

Many customers were pleasantly surprised by the results of the Bake Easy Spray, saying that the results were better than expected.  Once person said that she hadn’t had even one cake fail to come out of the pan perfectly.  She also said that it made the pan easier to clean which, of course is an added bonus!

Another plus mentioned by a customer is that as you just need a very light coating, the spray can lasts a long time.  This customer now uses this spray for all her baking.

One more advantage mentioned is that most cooking sprays mean that the outer crust of the cake cooks quicker and becomes thicker and creates more crumbs. Bake Easy prevents this from happening and produces a smooth and even surface to decorate.

It is also noteworthy that the spray does not contain hydrogenated oils.

Cons

One customer felt that the spray was unreliable and that lumps of cake stuck to the pan.  She said that other forms of greasing a pan were more reliable.

Review Summary of FMM Upper Case Funky Alphabet & Number Tappit Cutters Set

FMM have produced a range of cutters called “Tappits” for use with gumpaste & fondant.

Many cake decorators find that they can create a beautiful cake, but then fall down when it comes to adding text.
These Funky Alphabet Tappits will help you out!
With a little bit of practice, you will soon be adding funky lettering to your masterpieces.
Roll out your gumpaste, press in the letter that you want, remove excess paste, and then gently tap the cutter against a table, and out pops you letter!
But is it really any good?
Read the summary below of customers reviews..

Pros

Creates beautiful, professional looking lettering for your cake.
Easy and quick to use after a little practice.

Cons

Although these cutters are advertised as for use with fondant, most people found the fondant too sticky and soft to use with these tappits. They reported much better results using gumpaste.

Tips From Customers

Use gumpaste rather than fondant.
Dust your surface and the cutter with some cornstarch to stop sticking.
After you have cut out the letter, rub it across the surface f your hand with a little cornstarch to get rid of any ragged edges.
Practice rolling out the gumpaste to the correct thickness.
Once you have rolled out your gumpaste thinly, let it sit for a couple of minutes before cutting.

What is Sugarcraft?

So what is Sugarcraft anyway? Increasing in popularity all over the world, Sugarcrafting has long been popular in the UK and USA.  A recent upsurge of cooking, baking and cake decorating TV programs such as “Ace of Cakes” have made people more and more interested in creating artistic looking cakes for all occasions. The recent recession has also made it more viable to make your own cakes for special occasions rather than paying out a lot of money to have one made for you.

Some professionals, although making and decorating cakes for a living, would say that it is still more of a hobby than a business. The amount of time that is invested in making a delicate bouquet of flowers could be as much as 40-50 hours!  However, if you get hooked by the Sugarcrafting bug, the satisfaction that you feel when you have completed a work of art makes it all worthwhile!

What is Sugarcraft anyway?

Well, Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating.  It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct flowers.

Fondant is usually used to cover a cake – and can be bought pre-coloured, or can be coloured to exactly the right shade, usually using colour pastes.  You can also use dusts in various colours to “paint” or brush colour onto your finished work.

Some of the most popular companies that manufacture Sugarcraft items are PME, Wiltons, Sugarflair, Orchard Products, FMM, and JEM.  You can buy a huge array of tools, boards, cutters, plungers, colours, pastes, dusts and much much more to make your work easier.  Although the initial investment may seem a lot, most of these tools will be used over and over again for years to come.  A good idea is to begin by taking a workshop or a class in the basics of Sugarcrafting, and a good teacher will teach you how to make the best use of your tools, and to get multiple uses out of your various cutters.