There are so many books on cake decorating out there. Some with more achievable designs than others. This book bundle giveaway is a complete and utter treat for anyone who’s been bitten by the fondant icing bug. I’m going to start with a short introduction to Lindy Smith, author of The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible, a lovely hard back book which I’m going to stick my neck out and say that this is to cake decorating what Delia’s Complete Cookery Course is to learning basic cooking skills. If you think you’re going to find yourself making lots of fondant covered cakes over the coming years (I know I have already made a fair few since my little men came along!) then you need this book in your life. Simple instructions, step by step pictures, full explanations of tools and lots of ideas for designs. The designs can feel a little dated, but this isn’t about being the next Peggy Porschen. This is to make sure you really get a good grounding in the basics. I am keeping this book forever.
Next in the bundle is a lovely fondant cake toppers book called Character Cake Toppers by Maisie Parrish. If you have little ones this book is a wealth of ideas and instructions to make the perfect frog/meerkat/scooter. Lots of lovely step by step pictures as you’d expect and I guess the best thing about this book is that it isn’t a re-hash of lots of ideas we’ve all seen before. New stuff, simply presented.
Also by Maisie Parrish is Cakes for Men and Boys, a paperback book like Character Cake Toppers, this is a welcome book for any Mum of boys. I was only moaning to a friend (with 3 sons) yesterday about how few cake decorating books seem to acknowledge that about half the kids in this world are male and that an awful lot of them want builder/football/cricket cakes rather than pink princess ones. There are also some projects for Dad’s birthday too. This book has a little less substance than Character Cake Toppers and is a lot more American in tone. I think I’ll use this less. Nevertheless packed with 25 good ideas.
I have two bundles of these books to giveaway! There are lots of ways to enter – see the Rafflecopter form below. The first way is just to leave a comment on this post. Easy peasy. Closing date 2nd May 2013.
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- Only open to people who live in the UK, over the age of 18. Sorry to those who are younger or who live further afield.
- There are 2 prizes of 3 cake decorating books as displayed in the picture worth a total of £49.97 for each bundle. There’s no cash alternative to the prize and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
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thanks for the comp xx
awesome giveaway :)
Lovely prize, I need to get a bit better and I’m sure these would help ;)
These are great, I’d love to try making a something like this for my wee boy
What a great prize
Amazing prize! :)
Thankyou for the giveaway x
Love Cake Decorating, Great Giveaway
Fantastic prize,would love to have a go at some of those ideas
please enter would love to win these
would love this for my daughter
Great prize, I love to bake x
This would certainly help with making superb birthday cakes for my daughter.
would love this
Great giveaway – I went to the cake decorating show at the ExCel last month and need to do more decorating – with 4 children I have made my fair share of birthday cakes!
They look like fab and original books!
I’d love to win this! My cakes taste good but my decorating needs work!
I would LOVE this – I’d give it to my sister as she has found a uni course for Cake decorating :O !
Lovely prize thanks.
Fab prize. Would love these for my ever expanding cake book collection. I love Maisie Parrish’s work.
Great giveaway! I always have to make cakes as my daughter has an egg allergy, but usually cheat and buy an icing topper. Would be great to be able to actually decorate them properly myself.
Brilliant comp, good luck all xx
Another great prize!
Great prize thank you
Making cakes is something I’m getting quite good at but the decorating leaves something to be desired.
I’d love to be good at cake decorating!
Would love to enter, I love cake decorating :) xx
I would love to be able to make better-looking cakes – great prize.
Ooooh i really need this after my last cake disaster! x
Would love to win so I can try to make the cow cake. Fingers crossed x
These books love great, i was going to say they would make good presents but i would find it hard to give them away!
I’d love to win these to make my bland looking sponge cakes a little more exciting!
would love to learn cake decorating!
How amazing would this be
I love baking, great competition :-)
Love to win these
Lovely books, would love to win!
you are brill!
how lovely, thanks x
i’d love to win these – love to bake and decorate! :)
great comp – love new ideas
Such a fab prize – one of my best friends would love these as a pressie for her 30th soon – Perhaps she would share some of her creations!! (Fingers crossed!! )
Just what I need, I’m always looking for new ideas!
I love to bake and I’m just beginning to experiment with celebration cakes and buns! Recently I made some Coookie Monster Cupcakes – I enjoyed it so much but could really use some books like these to help me venture into more intricate decorations :)
Wow I love cake making this would be fab!
Just getting into baking so this would be great!
These books look great!
Great selection of book, thanks for the chance to win these.
these look great
They look like useful books!
Excellent prize :)
Would have so much fun with these books!
Lovely prize :)
I’d love to win this for my boyfriend, he’s a baking ace and he’d adore getting something through the mail that was for him!
another fab giveaway
My sons first birthday is coming up, this would be a great prize, would help me out a lot!
How fab! i’d love to make pretty cakes mine always look like a child made them x
wonderful, my favourite hobby
ty for prize
These books look lovely!
These books look wonderful. When it comes to decorating cakes I need all the help that I can get!
Great prize, thanks
These look fab!
these all look great! i wish i was better at decorating cakes, this would help me along the way
I’d love to try cake decorating I bet these books would be a great way to start!
I would love these as a present for my mum. She is really good at decorating cakes.
These look fab!
Thanks for running the giveaway :)
Great giveaway, thanks
I would love these!
I would like to win these since I just started cake decorating
I haven’t seen these – must have!!
these look fab!
These are great, never really attempted being all creative with my cake decorating this would help inspire me. :)
Love to bake but not great at the decorating so this prize would really come in handy
fab giveaway, fingers crossed :)
My kids would love this book!
A great giveaway!
Would love to learn how to decorate cakes properly
You can never have too many cake decorating books!
Garden Tea Cakes and Me
I’d love to win these, they look like great books!
Would love to win this! ^_^
Its great that baking is getting more and more popular with children
super books please enter me
I would really like to know how to decorate cakes better
would love to give these a go
These would really help with my new found love of cake decorating!
Ooooo looks fun.
Great prize, my cake decorating skills leave a lot to be desired :(
I love cake!
Sons birthday coming up soon so I could do with some tips.
I sooooo want to have a go at making the flip flops cake on the cover of the ‘Cake Decorating Bible’ !
Would love to be able to do that – I just dont think Im creative enough! Fab giveaway! xoxo
great books :)
Really ham fisted but keen, looks like these books would do me a real favour in the cake stakes.
My cakes always taste ok but fall down a bit on presentation, so these would be perfect!
wow – i’d love to win this – fingers crossed xxxx
I really enjoy making cakes, and would love to learn more about decorating them. I’ve made up what I know, so these books would be great! x
please include me in the draw :-)
It’s so nice to see someone who knows what their doing recommending a good instructional, basics needed book/s. As an amateur I need help, (medical or otherwise! ) because I don’t know what techniques I need to learn. From @recipesfromanormalmum expert description these books sound perfect! Thanks :-))
I love baking but I’m not so good at decorating! I am dying to learn how to decorate my cakes! :)
look great books @kikicomp
The cake decorating bible has been on my wish list for a while. Fingers crossed x
Brilliant comp! :-)
Love some more ckae decoarating ideas
Would love to be able to make some of those decorations!
This would be really useful :)
My sons birthday is coming up soon, would love to make him a cake instead of buying one
Eldest daughter (14) trying to master Cake Decorationg as her skill for her Duke of Edinburgh – so she would LOVE these!
Hopefully i can win these so i can add them to my small collection :)
I’m rubbish at cake decorating. I need these books!
Another great competition!
Great giveaway, thank you, I am going to have a go at making my son’s birthday cake this year so these would be really helpful
WOW what a great prize always wanted a go at cakes :)
wow, would love to win these
Would love to learn from these
These look faantastic
the charscter cake toppers book looks fantastic as i love making them and would love some new ideas
I have “liked”
I have followed and tweeted
I would love to learn to make great cakes that look really appetising
I wish I was clever and could make cakes like this!
Great competition! Please enter me.
Would Love to make pretty cakes xxx
What a fab competition
would love these – really want to impress the kids (and myself!)
I love baking but am rubbis at decorating so this would help no end
would love to have a go at cake decorating !!
Would love to win these :)
Great selection of books, and not the usual cake decorating style!
Nice to see a book about cakes for men.
Amazing giveaway Holly! I always find it difficult to think of ideas for mens cake so this bundle would be perfect!
This would come in very handy!
These sound great :)
The book for Men & boys looks particularly good , It’s always easier to bake cakes for women so a book with ideas for men would be so useful
Oh this would be really useful to me, fingers crossed.
Ive recently been on a cake decorating course and have got the bug…
I love baking but I tend to make more tea cakes and such so it would be fab to get some ideas to spark my decorating skills!
Would make a wonderful gift for someone I know, that has just started cake decorating.
Would love this for some ideas of cake decoration with the kids :)
Great giveaway! I’m trying to improve my icing skills :-)
Fab prize, thanks!
As a mum of two boys and a wife of another the book in the middle would save me a lot of hassle!
Fab books :)
Love these have started baking again now I’m on maternity leave :)
wow – these look amazing and would definitely help with all the requests the kids make for the cakes they want for their birthdays. x
I’ve seen that cake decorating bible and it is brilliant – I want!!!!
Would love to win these as I’m trying to improve my decorating skills
Would love these for my daughter, who has just started a cake making business
I always think it looks really hard to do. Will these books make it easy?
A lovely prize for cake makers. Fab!
These look great,especially the cake toppers :)
Since I now appear to be birthday cake baker for my nephews and nieces – I need all the help I can get!
I love thinking of new ideas to use on family cakes
wow what fab books
What a fab giveaway – I am always on the look out for ideas for my kids cakes
These look great, I would love to have a chance of winning them, please count me in
I’m a bit lazy with my decorating so would love to win this!!
Would love to win this :) x
Thanks so much for the giveaway. I was looking into buying these books last week. Hopefully I win! :)
These look fantastic, always collecting new ideas :)
these would be great for us!
These look very inspiring especially the book for cakes designs for men.
Would love these books. I like cake decorating but I’m not very good at it!
Cake decorating is on my list of things to do so I can impress my son x
What a great prize! Would love to share these with my sister! She is a great baker! x
These look great – lots of inspiration for birthday cakes!!
Just starting out on learning to decorate cakes for our little one, would love these useful books!
As a mum of two boys these will be well used ;0)
These look great. Just started doing a few cakes for my two boys and would love more ideas. Pirate ship & knights’ castle faves so far!
They also look great for a girl who doesn’t like pink and princesses!
Lovely books – loads of ideas for everyone
a fab giveaway these books would be perfect for an absolute beginner like me
The decs on the character cake topper books look so cute! :)
brilliant thanks for the giveaway xx
Love this giveaway!!! I love cake decorating but my skills really need to increase to a higher standard. These books would be ideal.
Another great giveaway
Would love to win as just starting out learning how to do cake decorating so would give me some great ideas and tips. Thanks x
the character topper book looks awesome, fingers crossed!!
Thanks so much for another fabulous giveaway! These books would keep me and the kids happy during the Summer hols if it is wet! (I say if – it probably will be!)
These look fantastic. I’d love to have more inspiration when it comes to cake decoration and if I could master it I would save a fortune on birthday cakes for my little ones.
Great books very useful!
Wow they look great.Iv just started getting in to baking more since had my daughter,so these would be great to add in to my collection.The book for men and boys sounds great and be good for my partners boy he loves baking with me.
I’ve been wanting to buy the Cake decorating bible but unable to afford it!
Particuarly liking the book for men and boys – I have 3 boys and like you say so many things are aimed at girls so it’s nice to find something that focuses onthe young (and young at heart) men in our lives!
My niece is just getting into all kinds of baking at the age of 10 and her birthday is coming up in a few weeks what a great present these would be for her.She made the best jam tarts i have tasted yesterday
This is a great give away for me as I’ve said I will make every birthday cake for my children as long as they allow me. I’ve make a number 1, 2 and giraffe cakes for my little girl and for my son a number 1 & number 2 cake…so this would be a great help!
Just getting in to Cake Decorating (esp sugarcraft) so this wouldbe awesome – thanks!
Great books with lots of ideas … might get me started on some serious decorating beyond buttercream icing :)
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