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Making a cake and decorating it beautifully for a special occasion deserves a round of applause, and with this comprehensive guide to sugarcraft, the plaudits will keep on coming. Divided into two parts, each one comprises a set of 20 lessons. Part One teaches how to make perfect cakes, icings and frostings, as well as master ribbonwork, frills, collars, lettering, modelling and piped decorations. It is the ideal foundation for people who have never decorated a cake before - and an excellent refresher for those who already have some basic skills. Part Two builds on that foundation, teaching the intricate skills of tube and brush embroidery, lace, figure modelling, sugar-flower sprays, bas relief, pastillage and filigree. Packed with ideas, each one illustrated with colour photographs and accompanied by step-by-step instructions, this inspirational guide is written by six internationally acclaimed authors, each one chosen for their expertise in a particular field of sugarcraft.
Nicholas Lodge became interested in the art of sugarcraft at an early age, designing his first cake at the age of ten. In 1991, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he set up the International Sugar Collection (ISAC). Nicholas is heavily involved in ICES, an American based international convention that is held each year. In 2001 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is the youngest person this honor has been bestowed upon.
Janice Murfitt is the author of numerous cookbooks, and has always been keenly interested in all aspects of cookery, particularly cake decorating and icing. She works as a freelance creative home economist.
Ann Baber's versatile sugarcraft skills are renowned in the cake decorating world. Ann is an expert cake decorator, who is particularly skilled in working with chocolate and marzipan. Ann contributed lessons on marzipan figure modeling, making chocolate eggs and figures and decorating with chocolate to this book.
Lindsay John Bradshaw is a specialist in cake and confectionary design. He teaches and demonstrates throughout the United Kingdom. He contributed lessons on filigree, advanced figure piping and freestanding runouts to this volume.
Anne Smith contributed the lessons on pastillage and sugar molding.
Cynthia Venn is a teacher and contributor to magazines, where she established a following in the application of needlework techniques to cake decorating. Cynthia contributed the lessons on tube and brush embroidery, lace extension work, bas relief, appliquT and smocking.