Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

How To Decorate a Cake [1952 (ca)]

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The front cover of the pamphlet features a color photograph of a woman icing a pink cake as she looks at a Tala icing book. A red background is behind the photograph, with white icing serving as title lettering that reads How To Decorate A Cake. Near the bottom in a white emblem-shaped space is text reading Let Anne Anson show You. The back cover has a light blue background with color drawings of a heart-shaped cake, two plates of cookies, and a two-tiered wedding cake. The wedding cake is on a red background. Text on the back cover reads Tala The Perfect Help For Hostess And Housewife All The Year Round. The inside front cover includes a list of Tala distributors, while the inside back cover features an English-American glossary. The title page has a note from Anne Anson, while remaining pages focus on materials and preparation for icing, step-by-step instructions, cake icing designs, plus recipes for cakes, teatime favourites, cold buffets, and cocktail parties. Numerous black and white and color drawings are included.

Donor: Wineberg, Susan

Author: Anson, Anne

Brand Name: Tala Icing Set

Publisher: Taylor, Law & Co, Ltd. (Stourbridge & Birmingham, England)

1951 (ca.)

32 p.

19.7 x 13.7 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is under copyright.


Citation: Anson, Anne. How To Decorate a Cake [1952 (ca)]. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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