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Friday, April 25, 2008

Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes

Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes

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Martha takes the (wedding) cake

Can an oversized book starring over-the-top, multi-tiered, massive wedding cakes daunt the mighty Martha Stewart?

OK, we know the answer to that.

If anything, the cakes have met their match. "Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes", is a serious confection, filled with good advice, several recipes and able assistance from Stewart's co-writer, wedding cake expert Wendy Kromer.

The book's price is a hefty sum, though in American Brideland -- a fantasy world where cost (seemingly) is no object -- this is a bargain compared with, say, the $8,000 dress or the $2,500 invitations.

We also wouldn't advise a bride, however skilled, to make her own wedding cake, or expect a friend to -- at least not one from this book.

That said, what a marvelous resource this is. Even if you aren't going to make the seven-tier "Devil's Food Finale Cake" to serve 380, you'll learn the ropes before you visit pastry shops.

You'll also glean terrific ideas just by looking at the stunning, informative photos. We never thought of buying a vintage cake topper -- and what a great suggestion that is.

What's more, these ideas will inspire the cakes you make for smaller celebratory occasions year-round. Charts and techniques for frosting, piping and decorating are thorough and well-written.

We made the white butter cake and fudge frosting from the book; the cake's crumb was slightly dry but quite sturdy -- ideal for the rigors of layering. The frosting was easy and tasted divine.

After the wedding, this book will continue to earn its keep -- something that can't necessarily be said for that $8,000 dress.

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