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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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19 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

  8. Hi Does anyone have a copy of this book they are still looking to seel, and if so how much please?

    my email is justinetalbot@me.com

  9. If anyone has a first or second printing of this (before `938) I would be interested in purchasing if the price is right.

  10. Barbara Christy July 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    To justine tlbot@me.com
    I have the Lambeth Cake decorating Book. I bought it in 1972 from the Maid of Scandanivia Company. The book is in excellant condition for 43 years. I would like $395.00 as there are few copies around.
    My address is 168 Deer Court Middletown,NY 10940 My telephone number is 845-344-5532.

  11. To Barbara Christy,

    Do you still have the Lambeth book available please?

  12. Hi, I have a second edition of this book which is in good condition, a bit scuffed around the edges of the cover but apart from that it’s ok.

  13. Hi
    I have a First Edition dated 1936 in perfect condition. Any serious offers considered

  14. I have a genuine first edition in perfect condition. No rips tears spills. Would consider selling at the right price.

  15. I will be interested in your book Phil Jones or Janet Ross for a reasonable price.

  16. I have an immaculate 2nd edition 1937 Lambeth method of cake decoration and practical pastries …..would consider selling for the right price .

  17. Interested in buying… My mom is a professional cake decorator and I have been looking for this book to add to our vintage collection. If there is one available please let me know.