Author(s): Natasha Collins
In her practical and pretty book, the leading exponent of this extremely popular form of cake decorating shows the reader how to turn cakes into literal works of art using fondant painted with edible colours. The Painted Cake provides detailed step-by-step instructions for more than 20 projects. These encompass cooking, constructing and painting baked goods ranging from single-level to multi-tiered cakes, as well as cupcakes and cookies. Most featured projects use a freehand painting technique, but templates of design elements are included where appropriate. The book progresses from the simplest projects through to more advanced, and includes detailed information on basic techniques and essential materials and equipment.
If you need inspiration to start a new ambitious project then this is certainly the book for you! These cakes are absolutely gorgeous, and even if you’re not a master baker who is likely to bake these cakes, it’s still a beautiful book full of (delicious) art to look at. Even though some of the projects seem slightly overwhelming Natasha Collins has a way of reassuring you that it’ll all turn out! Also check out her other book, The Homemade Wedding Cake (in stock in our online store at time of writing).
- Greer, The Book Grocer
British author Natasha Collins is well known in the cake decorating community as the expert in cake painting. In 2008 she started her own company, Nevie-Pie Cakes, and began to bake and decorate professionally. Her high-profile clients include Selfridge's, for whom she created a Christmas cake range. Natasha runs her own cake painting classes in the UK and internationally. She has had her cookies featured on This Morning and The Jonathan Ross Show.