I just got a new cake decorating book online – Pretty Party Cakes: Sweet and Stylish Cakes and Cookies for All Occasions By Peggy Porschen. The book looks great for beginners. In the beginning of the book, Peggy goes through most of the basic recipes used throughout the book: basic cake, chocolate ganache, fondant icing, royal icing, sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and more. The rest of the book is spent teaching different decorating techniques including royal icing flowers and piping.
Check it out in my Amazon store!