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Make Your Own Cake Toppers (Kindle)

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By Darren Allford
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Make Your Own
File Size: 44.3 MB (.mobi)
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526774569
eBook Released: 30th March 2022

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Baking is booming! And Cake toppers are the perfect way to truly personalise a cake for any occassion. Whether baking your own or adding to a cheeky shop bought cake, Darren Allford’s easy to follow steps are all you need to create your own cute, quirky mini masterpieces.

You’ll discover a variety of styles, some super easy and some more advanced, as well as working with different materials – fondant for a sweet toothed friendly treat or clay for a trusted keepsake. With a few tools, clear instructions and a dollop of patience, YOU can make these toppers and make them well.

Is it your tiny superhero’s birthday? Or Mother’s Day? What about your daughter’s wedding or your son’s welcome home gift? Maybe you want a festive friend for the Christmas cake.

You’ll find that somebody squealing with joy at seeing themselves perched on top of a cake is incredibly rewarding. Darren is confident that after trying your hand at just a few of the projects in this book, you’ll develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to ride your own creative rainbow and make anything you want.

Roll up your sleeves… let's get making!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Stunning book with easy to follow instructions and great ideas to suit any occasion. All very cute and can be made with fondant or for a keepsake, out of polymer clay. There is something about molding that bring out the child in us, and these are really both fun and look great for any special occasion being wedding, birthday or celebration.
Great book

NetGalley, Leyla Johnson

Talk about an easy to follow, simple guide to making fun cake toppers!! There are lots of examples and the directions are step by step. With wonderful pictures for each step. I feel very confident I could totally make any of these cake toppers now!

NetGalley, Joni Owens

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).

Four stars.

NetGalley, Annie Buchanan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Written in a casual and friendly tone, this delightful set of characters will make you want to start creating in fondant or polymer clay immediately. Step-by-step instructions with color photos make fashioning cake toppers look so easy! Be prepared to need lots of colors, though, as the cartoon-like toppers are super colorful. The book provides a list of useful tools but lacks any instructions like a chart of typical shapes or basic tips for working with polymer clay, so it may not be for the absolute beginner, but it’s so adorable that you’ll be dying to get started!

NetGalley, Deborah Harris

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have baked so many cakes in my life and for some reason, it has never occurred to me to make my own cake toppers. I really enjoyed Make Your Own Cake Toppers by Darren Allford. This was a well put together book that will help me to make toppers in the future. I loved that the instructions included photographs to go along. Great book! I look forward to purchasing this book for our library.

NetGalley, Samantha McCarn

I'm a part time cake maker (hobby only) and always looking for new ideas on how to make more elaborate or fun cakes. This book certainly fit the bill!

The cover is very appealing, the book is well written and gives clear instructions, and many of the ideas would be adaptable or open for the reader's own extension of the ideas.

I enjoyed making some of the toppers, and would recommend this to anyone who needs to find new inspiration.

NetGalley, Caryl Blake

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a really fun and easy book to read to learn how to make cake toppers. There were a lot of clear pictures of the end results and steps along the way for each creation. I also think there was a great variety of toppers, from wedding to fairies to dogs. I was really drawn to the colorful, cartoony style of the toppers.

The beginning also introduced you to all the materials needed and what they were used for. It made it very beginner friendly and would serve as a handy reference for further creations as well.

Great book for anyone hoping to learn and experiment with cake decorating! I’m considering using what I learned to make a wedding cake topper for my upcoming wedding!

NetGalley, Alaina McNeal

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wonderfully cute and sweet toppers for a special person's cake! What a lovely idea to make customised toppers. It would be so meaningful.

The step by step instructions are accompanied by color photographs and are adequate for even a beginner to start with this craft. There is enough information to go on with your own designs with inspiration from this book. Love it!

NetGalley, Flora Fung

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The Bookseller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the most adorable cake topper book ever! Not only is it full of the cutest, quirkiest, sweetest cake toppers, but they’re actually achievable. The instructions are clear, simple and in easy to follow wording, and the step by step close up photographs guide you through each individual component of the cake topper.
The cake toppers featured look amazing, really detailed, and shop bought they’re that good! I thought they’d be far too hard, but the fantastic imagery and clear instructions break them down into doable designs for even the novice cake decorator.

NetGalley, Laura J

Lovely designs that seem really easy and yet effective. I love that these can either be made from fondant or clay.
This definitely fills a gap in the subject and gives done great ideas for other projects.
Recommend.

NetGalley, Lydia Timpson

Baking is booming! And cake toppers are the perfect way to truly personalize a cake for any occasion. Whether baking your own or adding to a cheeky shop-bought cake, Darren Allford's easy-to-follow steps are all you need to create your own cute, quirky mini masterpieces. You'll discover a variety of styles, some super easy and some more advanced, as well as working with different materials - fondant for a sweet-toothed friendly treat or clay for a trusted keepsake. With a few tools, clear instructions and a dollop of patience,

YOU can make these toppers and make them well. Is it your tiny superhero's birthday? Or Mother's Day? What about your daughter's wedding or your son's welcome home gift? Maybe you want a festive friend for the Christmas cake. You'll find that somebody squealing with joy at seeing themselves perched on top of a cake is incredibly rewarding. Darren is confident that after trying your hand at just a few of the projects in this book, you'll develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to ride your own creative rainbow and make anything you want. Roll up your sleeves...let's get making!

What a great idea on how to make an everyday cake spectacular. Kids, in particular, will enjoy working along with you to make a fabulous cake topper that is special and meaningful to you/them.
The ideas are vast and varied and they help you develop skills that will make your cakes the envy of the neighbourhood.

Get some supplies and get creating: you won't regret buying this book!

NetGalley, Janet PoCo

It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to be creative with their baking finishes. Lots of ideas and inspiration. Fun and easy to follow.

NetGalley, Sinead Mc

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Remember when we were kids and we played with clay and made things? This is the adult version and I love it! I’ve made quite a few things for my daughter over the years with polymer clay, so I figured, why not try and make edible cake toppers with fondant too?

This book as clear and easy to follow instructions that will help you get started and soon you will be creating your own designs and making decorated cakes for family and friends just because you can. How awesome would it be for a friend to give you something that was made specifically for you? I love this idea and am planning a batch of cupcakes for my next coffee klatch with each one decorated individually for my friends.

NetGalley, Cindi Austin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Great techniques, tip, and ideas for creating your very own cake toppers for any occasion. The techniques and ideas can also be used for clay creations.

NetGalley, Samantha Hehr

What a happy how-to guide! I couldn’t help but smile at the fantastically adorable toppers and kept thinking about what a fun activity this could be with children or adults. I’ll admit I’m pretty casual about celebrations but I really adore the idea of creating keepsake cake toppers made, without a ton of talent perhaps, but with a lot of love.

I appreciated the encouraging tone of this book, the instructions and the full color photos that showed not only the finished product but the creating as well.

NetGalley, Michelle Smith

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoy making cakes and I was delighted to receive a copy of Make Your Own Cake Toppers.
This book had colourful photographs that encouraged me to try this out for myself.
There were detailed instructions of the ingredients and tools I needed and tips on how to achieve the best results.
I’m really looking forward to choosing a design for my next project.

NetGalley, Pauline Sim

About Darren Allford

Darren Allford is a self-taught maker of celebration cakes and customised cake toppers. Professionally trained as an executive assistant, Darren has spent the last decade indulging his creative side by creating extravagant visions of his imagination out of fondant and clay and he is delighted to get to share his knowledge and skill in this his debut published work. Darren has completed creative writing courses and enjoys writing both fiction and poetry and has performed at spoken word events in London where he lives. He works out of his home in Walthamstow in East London which also contains his ridiculously large collection of toys, plants and Star Wars memorabilia.

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