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post #1 of 17
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Does anyone know what these are going for now? I have seen them on ebay in quite a range. Any where from $10 to $50. Are there more sought after ones? Does anyone have these? Which ones do you recommend getting? I have never actually seen them and was wondering if they would be a good investment.

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Leily
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post #2 of 17
I don't have any of them but I heard that they are very popular. My Wilton class instructor told us we should invest in them. I haven't tried yet b/c everyone is after those books.
post #3 of 17
They are very informative, but the pictures are very dated. Worth what they are going for?? I don't know if i would pay $50plus for one, but i do think new i paid $30 a piece for them.
post #4 of 17
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thanks for your quick responses. I have been watching them and think I will start to invest in them, a little at a time of course.

Thanks again.

Leily
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post #5 of 17
Hi,

I am very new to cake decorating and my instructor recommended encyclopedia number 1 and number 3 (she said she seldom used number 2 and only buy it if you can get it at a good price). Both books are full of helpful information such as how to use each tip, how to make flowers, different types of borders, and much more. The photos are clear and I have been very pleased with both books. I paid $50.00 for book one and $30 for book 3; I feel the books were worth every penny.
post #6 of 17
I have the three, I found the price varies a lot on all of them. I bought one from E-bay and the others from used book sites like Abe's. The pattern books that go with each book are really a must have and these are hard to get. They are not generally sold with the books but separately. They are folders with patterns for some of the cakes in the books. There is one for each of the three volumes. Now these can get really pricey and a lot of people are selling photocopies of the patterns, not the originals. You can only find the pattern books on E-bay, the used book dealers do not have them.
Volume Three, the use of Tubes is the most popular as it is really useful and will show you how to use just a few tips to achieve all different designs.
I agree that the pictures can be dated looking, but many of the designs are still being used today. In my mind they are still the best books available with "How To" details. I have learned how to do many things from these books, without courses, so I am sold on them!
The prices you pay should reflect the condition of the books.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #7 of 17
It seems like a lot of money for information you could find elsewhere. Or even online, for free. I'll eather go here or to another website to look for information. I just got a few books at the library that I'm thumbing through nightly.
post #8 of 17
That is one way of looking at it too!
I just found that having the information available to be in three books, was very useful. Also, much of the advice that I give, instructions and such, was and is from these books.
For the most part, I do not find that you can get the step-by-step instructions that these books provide.
In the U.S.A., Wilton was always at the forefront in the cake decorating field. Many of the finest decorators started off with the Wilton courses and branched out on their own. Many of the designs and ideas are from these books. I keep seeing "New Designs" that were actually taken from these books.
Many folks are writing books today or claiming design ideas as their own when they were actually taken from these books. Many of the current Yearbook designs are also from designs in these books.
Each of these books are over 300 pages in length and are encyclopedia sized. Folks are paying $25 to $40 dollars for books like the "Whimsical Bakehouse..." and Cake Mix Doctor etc. These books are nowhere near the length and do not have the details of the encyclopedias, at least not in my view.
The books detail figure piping, sugarpaste modelling, Royal Icing decorations, various flowers in various icings, structures such as houses - just about anything you can think of and more. There are recipes, information on chocolate modelling.
For me, these are the best investment I have made in this hobby. I cannot tell you how many tutorials I see on these cake sites where the information was taken from these books.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by SquirrellyCakes

That is one way of looking at it too!
I just found that having the information available to be in three books, was very useful. Also, much of the advice that I give, instructions and such, was and is from these books.
For the most part, I do not find that you can get the step-by-step instructions that these books provide.
In the U.S.A., Wilton was always at the forefront in the cake decorating field. Many of the finest decorators started off with the Wilton courses and branched out on their own. Many of the designs and ideas are from these books. I keep seeing "New Designs" that were actually taken from these books.
Many folks are writing books today or claiming design ideas as their own when they were actually taken from these books. Many of the current Yearbook designs are also from designs in these books.
Each of these books are over 300 pages in length and are encyclopedia sized. Folks are paying $25 to $40 dollars for books like the "Whimsical Bakehouse..." and Cake Mix Doctor etc. These books are nowhere near the length and do not have the details of the encyclopedias, at least not in my view.
The books detail figure piping, sugarpaste modelling, Royal Icing decorations, various flowers in various icings, structures such as houses - just about anything you can think of and more. There are recipes, information on chocolate modelling.
For me, these are the best investment I have made in this hobby. I cannot tell you how many tutorials I see on these cake sites where the information was taken from these books.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes




Could you tell me the titles of these books, please? I would like to look for them but it is much easier if you know the exact titles...
post #10 of 17
Well now I want them too! icon_lol.gif
post #11 of 17
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SquirrellyCakes, Thanks for all that helpful advice. Would you be able to post the years these books were published? I have searched on ebay and some people use the words Encyclopedia loosely. I want to make sure I don't bid on one thing and it end up being another. I appreciate all your information!

Leily
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post #12 of 17
I'm with you there, I would like all the information I can get , so I can go looking for copies for me. Thank you

SquirrellyCakes are you a school teacher? You write beautifully and in a lot of detail
nothing is more relaxing than decorating a cake or reading to your kids
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post #13 of 17
I have all three of them also. I bought them from Kitchen krafts about 5 yrs ago for about $30 each. I just looked for them and I guess they are not selling them anymore. They are a big help when trying to learn new flowers. The new yearbooks are having less flowers each year but you can find about any flower in those. They also show different methods like royal icing, gumpaste, etc. Theres alot you can learn in those books. Marilyn
post #14 of 17
I was able to find them under the "Reference" material at my local public library. I really did think about purchasing them but since they are pricey, I wanted to see what they were before I spend all that money. There is very good information, but as far as flowers, I learned them when I took the 3 Wilton cake decorating courses. Besides the typical buttercream, they show alot cakes covered in poured icing and some decorations in royal icing over netting (which is beautiful). For me, I would not mind having the books, but not at $30 each. What was a better option for me was to make copies at the library of the pages that interested me; this was much cheaper.
I recommend everyone to check out their public libraries, they have great books you can make copies of pages you want and save lots of money cause you don't have to buy them.
Naty
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post #15 of 17
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*doing the happy dance*

I found Encyclopedia Vol. 3 on Ebay as a Buy it Now for $10.00 and $2.99 S&H!!! So I found it for $13.00 Yeah!! I am so excited, I can't wait to get it and look through it.

I appreciate everyones opinions on the books. Now I have to keep my eye out for the other two volumes.

Thanks again icon_biggrin.gif
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