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Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration book in demand after royal wedding


One of AbeBooks’ most searched for books over the past weekend was The Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration and Practical Pastries by Joseph Lambeth. The William and Kate royal wedding sparked renewed interest in this classic cake book from 1934.

Apparently, the Lambeth Method is derived from a style of decorating that uses intricate piping to create lettering, leaves, flowers, vines and other decorations on a cake. You have probably seen ornate wedding cakes that have been decorated with this style.

Lambeth’s famous cake decoration book is scarce and has now become a collector’s item. Lambeth himself was a culinary legend during his heyday, and apparently toured America and Europe giving demonstrations of his craft.

Prince William and Kate Middleton had an eight-tiered wedding cake at their royal wedding reception on Friday night. It was made by cake-making guru Fiona Cairns and took a five weeks to build/bake/sculpt. The cake featured 900 sugar-paste flowers. You see some amazing pictures of this classic Lambeth-inspired cake here.

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8 Responses to “Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration book in demand after royal wedding”

  1. Catherine Lindemer September 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

    i have a copy of this 1934 book with insert and would like to sell it.

  2. Richard Davies

    Take it a rare bookshop.

  3. I am interested how much are you looking for?

  4. Vanessa are you still interested?

  5. Lauren O'Brien March 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I have a second edition copy of this book 1937 and would like to sell it.

  6. Hi Lauren .I’m interested ,how much is it? thanks

  7. I have a first edition for sale. It is in almost pristine condition for a book almost 80 years old. No tears, no food spills and the binding is tight. racquel1988@yahoo.com