Cake Decorating For DummiesNew
Book Basic Info
Create wedding, shower, holiday, and festive kids' cakes
Easy at-home instruction for making and decorating fabulous cakes
Want to make beautiful cakes? This fun, instructive guide gives you simple techniques for creating cakes for all celebrations. You get expert advice in all the basics -- from baking to icing to decorating with style. You'll also find delicious foolproof recipes, great ideas for themed cakes, and savvy tips for starting a cake decorating business!
Discover how to: * Find ingredients and supplies * Make a cake from scratch * Use frostings and fillings * Cut and serve a cake * Troubleshoot cake catastrophes * Master creative techniques
About the Author Family lifestyle expert Joe LoCicero’s obsession with cakes and instruction began with the Flintstones-themed cake his mom served for his fifth birthday. Before the cake was doled out, Joe explained to everyone the importance of embellishing a cake with frosting and figures. He developed an immediate interest in deconstructing and designing desserts, and by the time he was in seventh grade, his carrot cakes had become such a hit that local organiza- tions auctioned them off at fundraisers. More recently, the Southern-bred LoCicero has spent the last 15 years in Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry as a party planner, writer, columnist, and marketing consultant. He also works wonders as a cake deco- rator, accomplished home chef, creative instructor, and entertaining guru. Having organized big-budget parties for network, studios, agents, and stars, Joe founded Chartreuse Cake in 1999, which specializes in themed, fantasti- cally crafted cakes for large gatherings such as birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, signature events, and private screenings. His Red Velvet Cake and its wide variety of decorations is his most requested. Chartreuse Cake has also catered meals for independent films, and dessert buffets for celebri- ties. LoCicero also continues to offer one-on-one home cooking instruction. In 2004, Joe and his wife founded Practical Whimsy (www.practicalwhimsy. com), a company that celebrates family style with products, recipes, party tips, and of course ideas for cakes. Joe and his wife champion the importance of family supper and celebrations and have given presentations on those topics to corporations, organizations, and educational institutions including MTV, Paramount, Viacom, Turner Broadcasting, Loyola Marymount University, and Southern California’s Discover Conference. Joe’s column on entertaining, “Practical Whimsy: Southern Hospitality, Hollywood Style,” is a regular feature in Y’ALL: The Magazine of Southern People, and he’s the author of a number of books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Clear Thinking and Streetwise Meeting and Event Planning. Additionally, Joe is the Food Contributor for momready.com. LoCicero has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Woman’s World, several daily newspapers in the U.S. and Canada; radio outlets including Sirius’ Martha Stewart Living Radio; and network affiliate news programs. LoCicero lives in Los Angeles, where he cooks dinner every night for his wife, Lori, and their two young children. They have cake as often as possible.