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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: 19.5 x 3 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'She's the original grande dame of cakes' --foodepedia.co.uk

'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 By E. Macfarlane on 21 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 27 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Culinaria Libris on 20 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J Chutney on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happy grandma on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicky Ramsden on 23 Nov. 2011
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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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