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A detailed guide to cake decorating with lots of cute, whimsical fondant covered projects.
A detailed guide to cake decorating with lots of cute, whimsical fondant covered projects.
379 backers pledged AU$ 26,252 to help bring this project to life.

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I've had people ask for it, and I've always wanted to do it. So finally, it's time. My first book!

Since I want to keep my independence, and pick the projects that I think reflect who I am as a decorator, I've decided to self publish. That's where Kickstarter comes in - I can make cakes, and write tutorials, but I will need help getting the books printed and distributed.

So what's in the book?

The book will feature eleven main projects and five mini projects ranging from a beginner level to an upper intermediate level. It will focus on cute and whimsical designs, and will have a very detailed step by step approach. It will also have plenty of pictures to help you along.

In addition, the book will contain templates for the projects where applicable, a guide to the tools I use, and some basic recipes. I'll also host a website to support the book, with any updates, additional materials and some recipe calculators.

What's really in the book? Show me pictures!

Here's a sample of one of the pages, showing some of the steps in the Noah's Ark project.

Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark

Here's a finished project, the Woodland Fairy. The fairy is a sugar figurine, while the tree stump is cake.

Woodland Fairy
Woodland Fairy

Another sample page, showing how to make a present box and some cute ducks.

Present Boxes
Present Boxes

What else are you making?

In addition to the printed book, I'd also like to provide a PDF version for those of you who want to save on shipping costs.

To further reward my backers, I'll also be producing some extra promotional items.

There will be the limited edition shopping bag shown below, with a cute picture featuring projects from my book.

Shopping bag
Shopping bag

I'll also be making a 2GB custom USB thumb drive, featuring my signature teddy bear.

USB Thumb Drive
USB Thumb Drive

Why do you need my help?

I've basically finished writing the book, and it was a long effort with many sleepless nights. I need backing to be able to focus on putting the final polish on the book, and to pay the up front costs for all the printing of the book and the production of the USB drive and bag.

Who are you anyway?

My name is Sharon Wee, I've been cake decorating full time for a few years, and part time for longer. I've sold cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other occasions, but these days I prefer to focus on teaching. I've been lucky enough to teach classes in Sydney at home, and also at various cities around the world. And for those of you who can't make it to class in person, I create online PDF tutorials to show step by step techniques in creating various projects. I also have filmed two videos with Craftsy showing a castle cake and animal figurines.

If you're still undecided, just follow the links to check out my website, blog, or Facebook page!

Risks and challenges

Since I'm producing a book, bag and USB drive, I need to involve external suppliers. So there's a risk of poor quality or they may not even be finished in the agreed time. I'll definitely ensure the product is up to my personal standards of quality, and if any of the items are delayed, I'll send updates to keep you in the loop so you're not left waiting.

It's also my first book, so writing it has been a challenge. I'll need to get it edited and hope this is all done on time, without any major rewrites required!

For anyone who gets a reward that relies on me being available, such as dinner or a Skype call, I'll do my best to work with you to arrange a suitable time. However my schedule is very busy this year, so we may need to work together to find a date that works for both of us.

And finally, if somehow this is way more popular than expected, it might just take while to send everything out!

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    Pledge AU$ 2 or more About $1.81

    Every little bit helps! You'll join the mailing list for project updates as with all rewards, and see some sneak peeks before the book is published.

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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $9

    Receive an advanced copy of one of the book projects in PDF format, sent to your email address.

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $23

    Receive the full book in PDF format by email, and an advance copy of one of the projects to keep you busy until then.

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    Get a signed and delivered copy of the physical book, as well as the above rewards.

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    Pledge AU$ 60 or more About $54

    Get all of the above, including the book, and a limited edition juco bag featuring a special design based on the projects in the book.

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $91

    Receive a cute bear-shaped 2GB USB stick loaded with all of my current online tutorials, as of the end date of this campaign. You'll also get all of the above rewards.

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    Pledge AU$ 130 or more About $118

    Get a personalised shout out on Facebook for your cake related business, in addition to the above rewards.

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    Pledge AU$ 225 or more About $204

    Receive one of four dummy cakes used for photographs when producing the book. I made these cakes by hand myself, but they may be incomplete on the side facing away from the camera (which adds to their authenticity!). The allocated cake for each backer will be selected at random and will be a surprise, no pictures will be posted ahead of time. You will also receive all of the above rewards. You must be able to pick up your rewards from Mascot or a nearby convenient location, contact us if you're unsure. You will be responsible for your own transportation arrangements and costs.

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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $227

    All of the above (except the dummy cake) plus a one hour Skype or Facetime call with myself to discuss your cake business, techniques, or other related queries. The questions should relate to yourself and your business, and shall not cover personal or confidential / inappropriate details about myself or my business. Call must be made within one year.

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    Pledge AU$ 750 or more About $680

    All of the above except the dummy cakes and Skype call, plus you get a chance to meet me for dinner or lunch. I will pay for your share of a meal in Sydney (or your local area if my travel schedule permits) up to a value of AUD $200. Meal must be claimed within one year, however if my schedule makes it difficult to arrange then this time limit can be relaxed. You will be responsible for your own transportation arrangements and costs.

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $907

    Work with me to design a completely original online tutorial showing a technique you want to learn, or a design that inspires you. It must be of a similar complexity to existing tutorials. As the design is original it should not match any of the classes that I have already taught or plan to teach. You will be credited in the tutorial and your name and/or business name will be included. You will also of course receive a copy of this tutorial. This option is a good alternative to a private class for those of you who can't visit Sydney. You also receive the signed book, PDF book, bag, USB stick, and advance PDF project.

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $907

    You or a lucky friend will attend a one day (up to 8 hours) private class in Sydney with myself, covering any cake related topic that I'm capable of teaching within the duration. You also receive the signed book, PDF book, bag, USB stick, and advance PDF project. Your class must be booked for a date in 2014, and will need to be on a day where I am available. If you'd like to check a specific date, please contact me. You will be responsible for your own transportation arrangements and costs.

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    Pledge AU$ 1,500 or more About $1,360

    As above (for the private class) but bring a friend! You will each get to take a private class together on the same topic, and you will each receive a copy of the signed book, PDF book, bag, USB stick, and advance PDF project. Due to how Kickstarter works, everything will be sent to one email and mailing address, you will need to ensure everything is forwarded on appropriately if required. You will be responsible for any necessary transportation arrangements and costs for yourself and your friend.

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