Toba Garrett is head of the Department of Cake Decorating and Design at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. She is a member of the International Cake Exploration Societe and former president of the Confectionary Arts Guild of New Jersey. She is also the author of The Well-Decorated Cake, Creative Cookies: Delicious Decorating for Any Occasion, and the IACP Award–winning Wedding Cake Art and Design. In 2010, Dessert Professional magazine named Garrett one of the Top Ten Cake Artists in America.
The comprehensive guide to amazing cake decoration—now fully updated
Professional Cake Decorating is a must-have resource for professional and aspiring cake artists, baking and pastry students, and cake decorating hobbyists, drawing on years of experience from master cake designer and IACP Award nominee Toba Garrett. This Second Edition has been completely revamped with gorgeous new photography and a fresh new design. The New Skills have been re-organized into a user-friendly, step-by-step format, and line art and photos throughout the book provide a visual reference for each new technique. The book begins with an introductory chapter on all the fundamentals of the cake designer's art, from covering a cake board to assembling and icing a layered cake to stacking cake tiers with pillars or columns. Subsequent chapters cover decorating techniques including Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Piping Skills, The Art of Writing and Painting, Royal Icing Design Skills, Hand Modeling Skills, Pastillage Construction, Gumpaste Flowers, and much more. A chapter on Miniature Cakes and Decorated Cookies includes techniques for making petit fours and other small treats, while the Cake and Confectionery Gallery provides inspiration for decorators with nearly 20 full-page photos of breathtaking cakes and information on the techniques needed to complete each one. Garrett also includes recipes for cakes, fillings, icings, cookies, and more, as well as an appendix of templates to help decorators replicate the designs shown in the book.