Flowers have been used for centuries to decorate celebratory cakes. This book starts by describing the different materials used in flower art: essentially for the purposes of this book, gum paste and fondant. Next, there are core techniques: learn these and you'll be able to make any flowers; the main section is the "sugar flower directory", which shows how-tos for 30 different sugar flowers, many so lifelike you want to inhale their scent, and including some extraordinary fantasy creations. The different examples are flagged by skill level, and are appropriate for a range of themes and occasion cakes (Christmas, weddings, christenings) or simply to give as gifts (wedding favors, Mother's Day, Valentine's, indeed any occasion when you might be inclined to give flowers, give a sugar flower crafted with care and made with love.)
Alan Dunn started cake decorating at the tender age of 14, although he had been dabbling with cupcakes etc from a much earlier age! After leaving school he trained as a baker and confectioner although it was to be his love of sugarcraft and sugar flowers, and teaching the craft, which would eventually form his career. He is the author of 14 other sugarcraft books that focus on the art of sugar flowers. His classes are highly regarded in the US and UK, as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Europe.