Whether for a birthday, graduation, or that special holiday gathering, a creatively decorated cake sets a festive stage. Using only basic tools and an assortment of food colorings, stencils and imaginative icing techniques, anyone can produce stunning cakes, without formal training or spending endless hours in the kitchen. Instructions show how to make some 40 cakes in all, including the whimsical Fishing Boat Retirement cake, a Halloween Goodie Bag cake, Yule Log, and several dazzling wedding cakes. Furthermore, these techniques can be easily modified to create endless unique designs. Dozens of shortcuts and expert tips in this full-color guide help anyone, from the novice to the most experienced decorator, create professional quality cakes that impress the eyes as well as the mouth!