Imagine the surprise of a toddler whose birthday cake is topped by a cute pig lolling in royal icing “mud!” Or the delight of a mom-to-be whose shower cake features a teddy bear on a pink or blue blanket. These are just two of 30 spectacular projects in this delightful idea book for do-it-yourself cake decorators. Adorable animals, as well as a snowman, clown, Santa Claus, and more come to life in three-dimensional marzipan. There’s a “Basic Recipe and Techniques” section and detailed instructions on how to set poses and facial expressions. Best of all, the author offers invaluable tips on personalizing her ideas to fit any occasion and honoree.