Wedding Cakes and Sugarcraft - Books

Contemporary Wedding Cakes
Nadene Hurst, Julie Springall


Synopsis: If you want a inspiration for a wedding cake that is a little different then this is the book for you. It's easy for beginners to understand and the techniques are laid out in a clear step-by-step manner. The examples included are lovely - even if you never make a cake, it's a nice book to have and pour over.

Review: I had never made a wedding cake, but managed to produce a very different, conteporary cake for my own wedding day. Easy!

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Wedding Cakes
Kathleen Hacket


Synopsis: A wedding cake is likely the most memorable dessert you will ever serve, the piece de resistance at the reception. Choose it with care, and with guidance from the experts at Victoria. They and the many breathtaking photos in this luscious, elegant guide, will help you find inspiration and come up with innovative ways to make the cake fit snugly into the wedding's overall theme. Once limited to three tiers set on columns, decorated in white, embellished with piped sugar frosting, and topped with a miniature bride and groom, this confection now makes vivid style statements. For example, some bakers will create a cake to match the colour, texture, and details of the gown, even mimicking its buttons, bows, ruffles and pleats. Or, the cake's shape and structure might mirror that of the wedding's locale - echoing the decor of a fancy hotel room or imitating the greenery and flora at an outdoors reception. "Sweet detail" boxes throughout provide invaluable tips, and there's a glossary of basic cake terminology. From finding a baker to deciding on the right size to cutting etiquette, all the information you need is contained in these pages.

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Chocolate Cakes for Weddings and Celebrations
John Slattery


Review: Having trained at Slattery Patisserie under the instruction of John Slattery and John Costello I can highly recommend this book. There are a lot of tips which John has selflessly shared which is typical of his enthusiasm to share his passion. The information in this book will help anyone regardless of skill level to achieve a professional standard. You do not need to buy any other book, this will give you the confidence to venture into this wonderful world and encourage you to progress with your own ideas.

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Sugar Roses for Cakes
Tombi Peck, Alan Dunn, Tony Warren


Synopsis: Known as the flower of romance, the rose is the most popular of flowers. Indeed, roses are also the most requested flower by brides to decorate wedding cakes and to carry in bouquets. Sugar Roses includes a collection of all the kinds of roses - wild, climber, rambler, old species and the various modern roses - from pretty, delicate, five-petalled wild roses to the huge full blown modern blooms. Grouped in these sections in the book, with every colour imaginable, the authors have displayed the roses in traditional and modern settings on cakes and in bouquets, sprays, posies and table arrangements. There are beautiful celebration cakes, including a spectacular array of wedding designs. The amazing bouquets and arrangements can be treasured as keepsakes. Following the latest trends in flower arranging, there are many innovative ways shown to display roses on cakes and as arrangements. To ensure success, each rose has a clear step by step build up photography. In some of the displays, other flowers, before been published, such as dog-toothed violets, gymea lilies, sea holly and white ginger, have been included to enhance the roses: these flowers will also have a build up photograph. (As many sugarcrafters will already have instructions for some of the roses, this will be a good feature to promote.) The fabulous new book of floral sugarcraft has been designed to compliment the true beauty of the rose.

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