Friday, March 18, 2022

Make Your Own Cake Toppers


Make Your Own Cake Toppers is a versatile and whimsical tutorial guide to cake toppers and decorations by Darren Allford. Due out 30th May 2022 from Pen & Sword on their White Owl imprint, it's 152 pages and will be available in paperback format. 

The fun tutorials included here are full of wit and humour and are cute and appealing as well. The author begins with a general introduction to the tools, materials, and techniques. The projects are written for either polymer clay or fondant and he does a good job of explaining the simple tools needed to shape, mold, and create with both fondant and polymer clay, as well as the inks and powders which will add detail and finish. 

The projects are arranged thematically: a girly 21st b'day topper, farm animals, baby themed, pets, gamer, fairies, unicorn, festive holiday elf, glamour/diva, superhero, wedding, and princess. I'm definitely a process based learner, so this book was perfect for me. Each tutorial includes detailed step-by-step instructions with clear process photos. The photographs are crisp and clear, the steps are very well delineated, and the projects are super cute and appealing (see cover). The projects are mostly whimsical and have a younger/kid-age feel in my opinion; but could easily be adapted for more grownup projects. Stylistically, they're heavily slanted toward kids' birthdays, and casual celebrations, and much less appealing for very formal weddings or other serious occasions.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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