Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cookook Review: Step-by-Step Cake Decorating by Karen Sullivan

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Today I have a wonderful book for you- perfect for the Cake Baker, and want to be cake baker. it would be a great Christmas gift with a cake decorating set!

step by step cake decorating cover

From delicate creations for weddings to fantastical birthday cupcakes, Step-by-Step Cake Decorating
 contains 20 remarkable projects for every occasion. There are more than 100 pages of step-by-step icing, piping, stenciling, painting, and cutting techniques. Each cake recipe includes fun, unique tips and variations for turning it into cupcakes and cake pops. Home bakers looking to impress their friends and family with gorgeous confections will love these smart, elegant projects.


I have the funny kid- she'd rather I bake her cakes and cookies for class, and special occasions, like her birthday, versus buying them from a local bakery or box store. Course she never wants anything say SIMPLE. So having never taken a formal decorating class, I've had to rely on some really good books to learn technique and recipes. I am thrilled to be able to add this book to that resource library! Kathleen really knows her stuff! Just check out her Pinterest and Facebook  pages for her AMAZING cake designs!  She takes you from something really simple like this amazing looking cake:

Step-by-Step Cake Decorating  pink fantasy cake

and on to to something more complicated, 
but she breaks it down, so it doesn't seem so bad! 
I really love these matching pirate cake pops- I may have to do something like that for Miss Grace's next birthday party!

Step-by-Step Cake Decorating  pirate cake

And check out her takes on traditional Christmas Cakes:

 Step-by-Step Cake Decorating  christmas cakes

and a wonderful Gingerbread Cottage:
Step-by-Step Cake Decorating  gingerbread cottage and figures

The way she shows you on modeling the figures is so easy, it's almost criminal! I definitely will be using those instructions to make Miss Grace a little Irish Dancer in the future!

This is a superb resource book- even if you decide NOT to decorate the cake you need, but to show a baker/decorator the cake you want, as there are SO many great cakes in this book! I can't recommend it enough!

About the Author:

Karen Sullivan is a writer, editor, and custom cake-maker with a successful celebration cake business in London, England (The Sugared Saffron Cake Co.). She learned to bake as a toddler, in her grandmother's kitchen in Canada, and has honed her decorating skills over the years. She creates unique and highly sought after cakes for wide range of occasions.


  1. My wife would love to learn how to do this

  2. These cakes looks amazing! This would be fun to learn!


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