Baking and sugarcraft fans will love this new fully illustrated guide to cake decorating techniques. With over 300 pages stuffed with step by step colour photographs you can teach yourself all manner of techniques from piping to modelling, flower making and stencilling.
I will do a fuller review as soon as I can however wanted to give everyone the opportunity to win one of TWO copies of The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating by Autumn Carpenter kindly provided by Jacqui Small publishers.
My young son seems to have twigged that sugarpaste is just like Play Doh and has been earmarking projects he wants to (or get me to) try!
For a chance to win, follow the instructions below. Why not also try to win Cake International tickets which I’m also giving away until Sunday 15th April.
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Victoria Jane says
The last cake I decorated was at Christmas! Long ago now, a fruit cake. I am planning on making a 2 tier Mothers Day cake tomorrow though! 🙂 xx
Lorraine Bishop says
Chritmas cake, my Mum & I make quite a few for family, friends & ourselves. We try to decorate each one differently.
Tracy Nixon says
I made a birthday cake for my eldest son last month – he was turning 8! I made a darlek cake because he is a big Dr Who fan! He loved it and I was so proud!
Cheryll Hastie says
I got one of those silicone moulds of a Teddy for my daughters birthday… It wasn’t a success! Suffice it to say a lot of decoration was required to make it look like a teddy! @pipersky1
I made some lemon cupcakes about 4 weeks ago and used a piping bag to decorate them. It may not sound very adventurous but it was the first time I’d piped icing.
Ashleigh Allan says
the birthday cake my sister made for my daughter. great giveaway, would love to win this for my sister x
Sharon Donnelly says
a couple of months ago we made biscuits and decorated them in pastel pink with all kinds of balls and hundreds and thousands and hearts!
The last decorated cake was a butterfly cake for my daughter’s birthday – although I did use a butterfly shaped tin and just pipe on decorations. I often make lovely tasting cakes, but would love to learn how to make them look a bit better!!
Nics Notebook says
The last proper decorated cake I made was agggees ago – a butterfly & flower one. I made animal cupcakes recently from sugarpaste – fun!
Nina Crozier says
Last cake I made was a football cake for my son’s birthday. Covered a sponge with green butter icing and then sprinkled coconut mixed with green food colouring on top then iced the lines on top. Bought goals, football players and a ball to go on top. It went down a storm.
I made a Chocolate cake with chocolate icing and button on it for my, 23 year old, son’s birthday (never too old for chocolate buttons!)
I’ve eaten some lovely decorated mother’s day cake today! Would love to learn how to do it myself! x
Jo Young says
The last decorated cake that I ate was about 4 hours ago when I ate some of the Mother’s Day cake that my 2 teen girls made me complete with edible glitter and home-made icing butterflies 🙂
I made a cake on Friday in the shape of a shampoo bottle:)
Anschel G says
This weekend. My sister in law has just finished a cake decorating course, so had many cakes to choose from.
I went to a basic cake decorating course recently and learnt how to cover the cake with buttercream icing, pipe words and detail on the cake and make fondant roses. would love to expand my cake decorating skills and this book is perfect
Anne N. says
I ate my daughters ladybug birthday cake.
kate lancaster says
I make a beetle cake for my boyfriend some time back – it looked ok, but tasted much better 🙂
Claire Jackson says
The last cake I decorated was a Mater cake for my sons 5th birthday in Jan, little girl is 2 very soon so thinking of ideas for hers!
claire woods says
Made and ate some cupcakes with son on Sunday.
iain maciver says
the last cake was a simple sponge cake with icing
Lyndsey B says
The last decorated cake I ate was a slice of my colleagues wedding cake recently. I am not a huge fan of the fruit cake but the icing was outstanding and the photos of the cake before it was cut were awesome, so much detailing in icing flowers and the piping, was beautiful!
Claire Smith says
I never have – I bake but don’t decorate being the least artistic person I know! …..hence the competition entry!
sophie williams says
I made and ate mothers day cupcakes for me and my mum, have to do it myself, my kids are too little and my hubby is too useless 😉
Bex henderson says
I made some lovely carrot cupcakes for my mum on mothers day. I’d asked my dad what her favourite cake was he said Carrot, knowing my mums on a diet i tried to keep the calories minimal using fat free yogurt for the topping. When i got there my mum told me carrot cake was dads favourite. grrrr..
Lucy Pasifull says
I last made a decorated cake a few weeks ago for my son’s birthday in the shape of a knights shield. Very easy to do but so effective.
A Charlton football cake and my grandson requested red grass!
Joanna K D says
I attempted my first royal icing and sugar paste cake last week. An Easter-themed cake with a bunny rabbit (with a carrott) and daisies…..I have to say that I was pretty chuffed to say so myself !!
Tracy Hanley says
The last cake i decorate was a christmas cake in the shape of a christmas tree
I made a Black Swan themed cake for a movie cake competition at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle – white buttercream rose icing piped into roses, with a big crack down the middle oozing red glace icing and studded with shards of broken black caramel! The judges were scared. I did not win 🙁
A pumpkin cake with caramel cream cheese frosting at christmas which I decorated with mini Lindt chocolate balls 🙂
Miss Natalie Wallace says
The last one would have been at christmas when i made our christmas cake
I made chocolate cupcakes for hubby recently. Terrible at decorating though really need some help.
Fiona Martin says
I made my daughter’s 4th birthday cake in January – a huge pink castle cake.
I made a ‘parcel’ cake yesterday – a square cake covered in chocolate fondant with a green fondant ribbon and bow!
Cristina McDowall says
A Garfield iced cake I made for son’s birthday
laura banks says
last year when i made my sons birthday cake it was’nt very good
Baileys’ Cupcakes mmmmm…
Jeff Wolf says
My uncle’s 60th birthday cake which was decorated like a cricket pitch complete with stumps and cricketer and the message ’60 not out’.
Jen N says
My sister made red velvet cupcakes – delicious!
Sonia W says
The last decorated cake was a chocolate and banana cake for my daughters school cake sale
Laura Carroll says
The last one I made was for my husband’s birthday, it was (supposed to be) a director’s clapper board because he loves film! It wasn’t too bad 🙂
The last cake I decorated were cupcakes for my sister’s 21st birthday, I baked Red Velvet and Blueberry cupcakes. I would love to learn how to make the sugar roses and pipe properly.
Last week a made a Bojo cake (surinamese) for my daughters daycare as a farewell treat. Made of mainly cassave and fresh cocos and milk all decorating i did was some disco prinklers on top. I went down well luckely.
I made a Valentine’s Chocolate Overload cake, dark chocolate sponge, chocolate fudge frosting, chocolate sprinkles, maltesers, revels, toblerone bits, chocolate covered fudge pieces, and chocolate fingers- lovely!!!
Sarah Cooper says
I made Alice in Wonderland cupcakes and they were delicious.
I made a huge cupcake and decorated it with smarties and haribo hearts spelling I ? U
Danielle Vedmore says
I make cupcakes all the time but the last proper cake I made and decorated was a christmas cake years ago. I really need to get back into the swing of things and make an effort! xoxo
Maya Russell says
I last had a home-made fairy cake decorated in pink, fluffy icing and silver balls. It was delicious!
siobhan marie says
im always looking through the kitchen cupboards finding things to make. the best time was when me and my daughter went through a phase of baking we baked for a whole week none stop coffe cakes, butterfly buns choclate cream cake etc . my daughters only 2 so she liked the stiring and im guessing her favourite part was licking the bowl clean x
Donna Gilligan says
A practise Peppa Pig one for my 3 years olds party
Phyllis Ellett says
The last decorated cake I made was an Easter Cake with my Granddaughter, well she decorated it, I just cleared up the mess.
Laura Pritchard says
My son’s 1st birthday cake – my mum’s friend made it & it had a beautiful Iggle Piggle on top holding a big 1, then my son’s name on dice-sized cubes in front.
Nancy Bradford says
A lovely little teddy cake.
emma cella says
The last cake I decorated was at Christmas
Carol P says
My xmas cake
The last cake i decorated was a plain sponge with homemade raspberry jam and lemon buttercream filling for my mum’s birthday (she likes plain cakes) and decorated it with polkadots!
The last cakes i decorated were yesterday for my sister in laws birthday purple and ivory cases with deep lilac buttercream with ivory pearl deocrations and pearl glitter gorgeous
Going to try making the Slimming World strawberry cupcakes this week wish me luck !!
Fran Light says
The last decorated cake I made was the (kind of) Christmas Cracker shaped chocolate cake that I made over the Christmas Holidays last year. It was a bit ‘gaudy’ to look at because I went a bit overboard on the red and green icing, not to mention all the gold edible decorations I covered it with, but it tasted very nice 🙂
Angela M - garden tea cakes and me says
Mothers Day cup cakes
Hayley Fountain says
A lovely cupcake with glitter icing x
Karys m says
Last cake I made…well I made a batch of 71 various cakes to sell to raise money for my degree show! I study fine art and we are showing our work in London 🙂
Amy Rennocks says
An easter cake at 6am this morning (yawwwn) 🙂
Some mini vanilla cupcakes.
Jacqui Brockwell says
Some white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes
Karen Railton says
cupcakes made over easter
Jane Townson says
My son and I made a yummy chocolate cake last week.
It was a 4-layer carrot cake with an orange flavour frosting I made on Sunday for Easter, decorated with my first ever try at fondant roses and a rice crispie treat nest full of mini eggs! It was HUGE and there was still half of it left at my mothers house when I left this morning!
tamalyn roberts says
my daughter made a lovely choccy cake that she spent ages decorating for us all.
Emma Carter says
A huge castle cake for my daughter’s 3rd birthday – circular sponge for the main part of the castle with swiss roll turrets, covered with fondant icing and plenty of edible glitter, very girly!
siobhan marie says
me and my daughter made a coffee cake for a friends birthday with little coffee buns went down a treat which made me happy as we love to bake x
wendy stanger says
A super mario choclate cake I made for my lads birthday
Deborah Nicholas says
My daughters Minnie mouse birthday cake 🙂
I made a purple marbled cake for my friend’s hen party last weekend. It was decorated with ombre icing and had writing on the top with sugar paste icing. very tasty!
Julia England says
The last cake I decorated was a 60yj birthday cake for my brothers best friends mum .. it was a two tier stacked cake (carrot & chocolate) and festooned with lilac and pink roses and daisiies ! I was very impressed with myself 🙂
Linz Wileman says
Im only just starting to dip a very tentative toe into the waters of cake decorating so lots of cupcakes have been produced in my house in the last few weeks! I did some based on a 99 the other day which I was VERY proud of…vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream with a flake shard inserted and crushed flake on top – the kids loved them and I hope to start getting more technical soon 🙂
elaine stokes says
my sisters 65 birthday cake for my dad
Cathy Glynn says
I made an aero cake for my hubbies birthday.
My attempts in cake decorating usually end with disaster. Would love to learn how to do it properly cause I love pictures of dainty cupcakes and cakes all over the blogosphere.
Have this book on my Amazon wish list and if I don’t win it here I might have to buy it 🙁
Forgot to add that last cake I ate a lemon cake I baked from Primrose Bakery cookbook.
Susan Hill says
Love to win this prize, my daughter has just got into cake making, and this would be a great help.
Gabrielle Svensson says
Chocolate fudge cake that I made for my husbands birthday.
i love baking specially with the kiddos 😀
the last cake i made was a snail cake for my sons 4th birthday , we are reptile lovers and had originally planned to do a snake cake, the day b4 his birthday he decided he wanted a snail cake instead (his pet is a giant african land snail) so there i was with my fella trying to put together a snail cake ! it was totally a design out of our heads and actually worked really well , tasted pretty good and best of all made a 4 year olds day !
helen rhoads says
a banana cake to take to work
Ursula Bingham says
NICOLA T says
I used to bake quite regular but all the calories didnt agree with my waistline so its been quite a while since i baked. Thelast thing a made was probably a carrot cake with orang frosting
olivia kirby says
my son’s christening cake! yummY!!
Elaine Blackledge says
I came up with an idea for a choca-mocha cake with hazelnut ganache filling for my dad’s birthday in December. It didn’t quite turn out as I hoped but was still delicious 🙂
Michelle McCole says
the last cake i made was an easter bunny cake, it was so fun to make
Jill Ashton says
A christmas cake last year
sue willshee says
I made a castle with an ‘icing’ princess for Piper’s birthday.
I have not made many cakes since my children left home but would like to renew my skills in that direction
kate lancaster says
A colin the caterpillar cake for my partner’s birthday 🙂
The last cake I decorated was Thomas the Tank Engine Cake for my son’s 3rd birthday. Sadly it wasn’t as good as I had pictured it – need more practise!
Easter cupcakes and easter biscuits!
Linda Hobbis says
The last cake I made was for hubby’s birthday and was a chocolate sponge with fudge icing, lovingly covered in M&Ms by my 4 year old daughter!
Teresa Measures says
The last cake I decorated was cupcakes with blue buttercream with my kids, they loved them!
lisa scott says
THE LAST CAKE I DECORATED WAS MY XMAS CAKE, IT WAS WHITE WITH BLUE SPARKLE ICICLES AND BLUE RIBBON, I ALWAYS MAKE MY KIDS BIRTHDAY CAKES ALSO, THEY ARE MUCH MORE SPECIAL WHEN YOU MAKE THE EFFORT. X
Sarah Burke says
The last decorated cake I made was a red velvet 3 tier cake with white chocolate frosting covered in edible gold glitter and red flowers. I had a slice, but my friend and his family ate most of it.
Samantha Ripley says
my decorating skills are very basic they were iced buns with sprinkles thrown on that i made with the kids
Janine Atkin says
i made some cupcake for my sons birthday decorated with icing sugar and hundreds and thousands. simple but tasty
My birthday cake! Chocolate cake decorated with loads of roses made from modelling chocolate.
Emma Wolski says
I made Vanilla pop cakes with stawberry chocolate and sprinkles! Yum!
Katherine Coldicott says
Coffee and Walnut cake with thick frosty icing.
Caroline Burt says
Last cake i decorated was my Christmas Cake….very basic white icing and ribbon lol
Michelle Rayner says
It has to be the choclate orange cupcakes my daughters made -yummm
Sarah Louise J says
Made chocolate muffins if that counts! 🙂
Gillian Holmes says
I don’t think I ever have.
some baby boy cupcakes x
Wendy Tyler says
The last iced cake I made was my daughter’s birthday cake, a Hello Kitty cake. I used fondant for the first time ever and it wasn’t too bad considering! I did make sure they turned off the lights before I brought the cake in though, lol!
Andrea Johnson says
The last cakes I made were bright red halloween cupcakes. Sadly they turned pink rather than red lol. The kids still ate them. I’d love to get better at decorating so I can make real cakes rather than supermarket bought rubbish with a best before date 3 months into the future :s
Andrea Johnson says
Sorry for the double post, rafflecopter doesnt seem to like me. 🙁 The last cakes I made were bright red halloween cupcakes. Sadly they turned pink rather than red lol. The kids still ate them. I’d love to get better at decorating so I can make real cakes rather than supermarket bought rubbish with a best before date 3 months into the future :s
Hayley Todd says
The last cakes I decorated were the birthday cupcakes for my daughter’s 13th birthday!
lorraine polley says
i made my grandson a mickey mouse cake for his 2nd birthday
Karen Jones says
I made a cupcake wedding cake for a friend
Rebecca Woodroof says
chocolate and coffee cake
Becky Downey says
Little vanilla cupcakes
Colette Hallinan says
My wedding cake!? I didn’t decorate it but I enjoyed eating it!!
Ness Gorton says
I iced my stepdaughters birthday cake last week, yet didn’t get a slice!!!
Hannah Whitling says
Havent made a cake for years, but the last one i ate was a really nicelt decorated cupcake, the butter icing on the top had been made all shimmery, and there were all sorts of fancy things over the top.