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Bake & Decorate [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Fiona Cairns
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19 Mar 2010
Baking and cake decorating have never been more popular. And whereas there are many books on the market which teach how to decorate cakes to a high finished standard, there are very few which focus on delicious cake recipes and simple but effective decoration. If you thought cake decorating was costly and difficult, this is the book that will change your mind forever. Fiona Cairns is bursting with new ideas for making delicious, visually stunning cakes and biscuits easy - even for the least experienced cook - and for far less money than you thought. From an eye-popping gold leaf-encased torte for a special celebration, to wickedly sophisticated chocolate-chilli cupcakes, Fiona shows every aspiring hostess how to achieve glamorous, fun entertaining from her own kitchen, using easy techniques and tricks that make cake decorating achievable for all. Fiona's cake recipes have the sensual deliciousness often lacking in the sterile creations of other cake decorators. Be transported to a summer garden by the whole crystallised roses on top of a cake filled with the heady flavours of orange blossom and pistachio, or celebrate springtime with a white chocolate cardamom truffle cake, adorned with sugar eggs and fresh spring leaves. Children and the young at heart alike will adore the warmth of Fiona's cakes baked inside ice-cream cones, topped with pastel buttercream that won't melt in the sun, while everyone can now enjoy the vegan fruit cake recipe that formed the centrepiece for Heather Mills' marriage to Paul McCartney. Here, finally, is the cake book where every recipe is a keeper and each stunning creation made easy to achieve.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (19 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008186
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'She's the original grande dame of cakes'

'Cairn's cakes are undeniably pretty' --Telegraph

'Cairn's cakes are undeniably pretty' --Telegraph

'Cairn's cakes are undeniably pretty' --Telegraph

About the Author

Fiona Cairns' company produces 750,000 cakes a year for clients including the Waitrose supermarket chain, the Conran Shop, Liberty, the Ritz hotel, Harrods, Selfridges, and Fortnum and Mason. She has made cakes for celebrities including Bono and Sinead O'Connor, and supplies Sir Paul McCartney with a specially commissioned Christmas cake every year. Fiona trained as a pastry chef at the Michelin-starred Hambleton Hall and then baked cakes for local businesses, as well as friends and family. Her greatest innovation was the miniature cake, which has since been widely copied. Her cakes have been featured in magazines including Sainsbury's Magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Homes and Gardens, and she recently appeared on both UKTV Food and BBC1 in the series Rachel Allen: Bake. This is her first book. Author Location: Leicestershire

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the imperfect home baker 21 Aug 2011
I love this book - most if not all other cake books on my bookshelf are now redundant. It is refreshingly unintimidating - not a book on the art of sugarcraft and all the better for that. The recipes are nice and straight forward - good for the home cook and not requiring any professional expertise or equipment. They remind me of Delia's a little - do exactly what it says and all will be well. They are simple enough to make one for tea but taste good enough for a special occasion. The recipe section and decoration ideas were about the same size - many cake books have huge detail on the decoration with a couple of token gesture recipes at the front or are all recipes of varing weirdness but nothing on making them look nice. This has a nice balance between the two. The decorations are really simple and most do not need any modelling with sugar paste or fancy piping, but they look really pretty. Not being expected to sculpt the eiffel tower etc out of sugar paste was a relief, lots of people who write these books get carried away with the ideas and forget that we are not all blessed with their skills and dexterity. Abstract expressionism really appealed as even I can drizzle icing like Jackson Pollock. So did the one with the sugar frosted violas on the front cover which was beautiful, can be easily adapted for other flowers and colour schemes and looks better for being a little uneven and homemade. Cheating is allowed if not encouraged! Flowers - fresh and fake, sweets, ribbons, spices, dried orange slices and other trims are recommended and widely used in the book and have a suppliers list at the back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars De-lish! 27 July 2011
This is a short and sweet review. This book helps you create wonderful cakes. I bought this for the decoration, but the recipes actually surpass the decor.

I've made the coffee cake, the carrot cake and most especially, the pistachio and orange flower cake. All three were a huge success, very yummy. The pistachio one is very unique, and akin to something you'd buy from a speciality baker.

Whilst the decoration in this book isn't as good, it is decent in its own right. I wasn't as impressed by the decoration, only because I had just bought Mich Turners 'cake masterclass', which is the better book if you're looking for decoration techniques. If you're making a wedding cake, get Mich Turner's cake book... Mich Turner's Cake Masterclass: The Ultimate Step-by-step Guide to Cake Decorating Perfection It has some astoundingly amazing-looking cakes. This book, however, does have a cool section on making crystallised flowers, and more simple techniques, like roses and leaves, as well as flower petal confetti.

This is a very English book, and the cakes are delicious and subtle, even refined. I've not been a pro in making cakes. They always resulted in dry, or kind of boring bog-standard chocolate cakes. This one has seriously upped my game. I've never in my life made such nice cakes as now, much to my family's delight. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bake and Decorate: First Rate 20 Mar 2010
Having reviewed this book on my cookbook blog, Culinaria Libris, I thought I would include a comment here as well - this book is fantastic!

The recipes are straightforward, easy to follow and will inspire you to pick up your whisk and get busy with your spring baking. The sumptuous photos that accompany each recipe will have you spellbound. You don't even have to be a master baker in order to achieve great results with the recipes.

I made the Very Lemony Crunch Cake and took it in to work - it was a smash hit with my colleagues. Full marks for this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab cakes 10 July 2012
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A super book for cake makers. I originally saw this at my daughters so already knew what i was purchasing. Some super cakes in the book which always (according to my daughter) turn out well and are welcomely received. Good variety of small and large cakes. Book is good value and arrived within the time given. Will be using it to bake the maple and pecan cake this weekend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bake & Decorate by Fiona Cairns 23 Nov 2011
This is not only a beautiful book to look at, but the recipes really work. The ideas are varied and very achievable. What I made for my daughter's birthday (family chocolate cake) was delicious and I had fun decorating with all the ideas Fiona offers in the book. Great inspiration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute favourite 19 Oct 2011
My review is simple. This is my favourite cookbook. I own a lot of cookbooks. The orange blossom and pistachio cake is simply magical. I am extremely excited to see that Fiona Cairns has just released a birthday cake book. Yipee!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book to trust! 31 Mar 2010
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Be warned - Fiona Cairns is, by her own admission in the introduction, a bit of a bossy boots! But if you do as she says, you will have the wonderful results of this beautifully written and photographed book. Fiona generously shares her years of experience as a renowned decorated cake supplier and guides you through each cake and biscuit - some old favourites (her famous dark fruit cake and shortbread biscuits) and others, with a modern twist (sticky toffee cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream). She urges you to take care, to watch for this or that, to be gentle here or firm there. Her wisdom is sandwiched between recipes and simple decorating ideas that work for all levels of expertise. I love to give culinary gifts and this is perfect. I shall give copies of this book in the months to come - perhaps with a cake in hand to prove how well it works - maybe the white chocolate, cardamom and rosewater or the simple yet sublime flourless chocolate and hazelnut....I may even decorate them - now that I know how to!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented book
This is a gorgeous book that is beautifully presented, well written and lovely to use. The cakes and biscuits are gorgeous.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars CAKE
Published 18 months ago by Biddie
4.0 out of 5 stars bake and decorate
this was a birthday present for my sister inlaw she seemed pleased with it,
it did look very good to me full of good tips.
Published 20 months ago by antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, delicious, beautiful and realistically achievable
This is not only a beautiful book to look at and salivate over but you really can achieve the same results as the pictures! Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill !!!!!!!!!!
A brilliant cookery book. This book is unique being cut into two parts one part bake second part decorate. Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by Georgia Tolton
2.0 out of 5 stars If only she hadn't included the word decorate in the title
-- because that part of the book is a disaster.

Take a look at photos of William and Kate's wedding cake-- beautiful, no? Read more
Published on 6 May 2011 by a in nebraska
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book with gorgeous ideas!
I am the first to admit I have a sweet tooth and this is one for sweet teeth everywhere. Not a book to look at when you are hungry! Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by S. A. Broadhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic assortment of delectable recipes
I have just baked the pistachio and orange cake from this book and it was very easy to follow. The recipe did look a bit 'faffy' when I read it but it was all explained clearly and... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2010 by xxshowponyxx
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