Author(s): Natasha Collins
Making your own wedding cake is easy when you've been shown the right materials and techniques, and this is the only book to teach you. It is full of step-by-step guidance and advice, with plenty of tips to help a novice create something stunning and inspirational. This visually enticing step-by-step cake baking and decorating manual makes DIY wedding cakes easily accessible for everyone. In text and images that are both instructional and entertaining, Natasha Collins takes the reader through the whole process of choosing their design, baking their cake, embellishing it, transporting it, presenting it and serving it, so that they can be certain of success at every stage. Every project includes a timetable indicating how long each part of the process will take, and gives a schedule for when the cake should best be decorated and set up in relation to when it is going to be eaten. The book begins with basic instructions such as ingredients; equipment; trimming, filling and covering a cake; creating floral and paper decorations; and getting your cake from your kitchen and on to your guests' plates.
The second half of the book comprises five chapters, each representing a distinctive style and theme (with four to five cake designs provided for each theme): Romantic beginnings (traditional flavoured cakes with romantic decorations); Putting on the glitz (glamorous, 'glitzy' cakes); Laughing all the way to the altar (fun, modern cakes); Home(spun) is where the heart is (rustic, pretty cakes); Magic in the air (bohemian style cakes)...
Natasha Collins, author of The Painted Cake, has worked as an illustrator, a textile designer, and as an art director in fashion design. During that time she developed an interest in cake decorating and cake painting. In 2008 she started her own company, Nevie-Pie Cakes, which saw her baking and decorating professionally. Natasha's high-profile clients include Selfridge's Co, for whom she created a Christmas cake range. Her cake-decorating blog (Amelie's House) has over 30,000 pageviews from around 12,000 readers each month (mostly from the USA, UK and Australia).