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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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