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The Birthday Cake Book [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Fiona Cairns , Laura Edwards
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Book Description

5 Sep 2011
Fiona Cairns turns her attention to birthdays, adding a touch of bling to her trademark pretty style. Every day of the year is someone's birthday, the chance to celebrate with close friends or family, or maybe an excuse for a larger bash. A birthday cake is the centrepiece, ablaze with candles, cut with a secret wish and shared to create precious memories. Many families have a treasured recipe, baked for every birthday. Perhaps you'll find a new family favourite in these pages. Whether you are one or 100, a Goth or a gardener, there is the perfect cake for you here. The Birthday Cake Book has 52 new recipes and 61 cake decorations, including 16 cupcakes. Every recipe is delicious. Try the sensational masala chai cake with ginger fudge frosting, or a sophisticated pistachio, Grand Marnier and olive oil creation. Many require no sugarcraft skills at all. Fiona also gives five spectacular themed parties, from Vampires, with an eye-popping crystal skull cake, to Vintage Tea Party, with a super-realistic crocodile handbag cake. So bring a special gift to a birthday party, and get baking!

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844009858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009855
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 19.8 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From her crystal skull cake to her super-realistic crocodile handbag, you'll be amazed. --Good Housekeeping

Whether you want a novelty cake for a little one or a boozy indulgent one for the grown-ups, there's a clever cake to suit everyone. --Woman & Home Magazine

Mouthwatering birthday cake recipes from Fiona Cairns
--Daily Mail, September 2, 2011

About the Author

Fiona Cairns made the cake for 2011's Royal Wedding. Her greatest innovation was the miniature cake - since widely copied - and first sold to the Conran Shop while working from her kitchen table. Her company now bakes 750,000 exquisite cakes every year for Waitrose, Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, and Le Bon Marche in Paris. She also makes Sir Paul McCartney's Christmas cake every year. Despite the fact that her bakery doubled in size in 2010, Fiona loves home baking and still makes cakes at home for friends and family. She lives in Leicestershire with her husband and two children. This is her second book, following the critically acclaimed Bake & Decorate, also published by Quadrille.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another delicious helping from Fiona Cairns 4 Sep 2011
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Great follow up book to her Bake and Decorate. Pictures of every recipe, either individually or as part of a tea party shot. Really lovely ideas for making some very cute teatime treats.

I was really taken with her teapot, piggy bank, beside the seaside bucket cake, Cheshire cat cupcakes and elephant cake designs to name but a small handful. Chapters are themed round tea parties, to make as a whole or bit by bit here and there. The book is nicely done, one of its little features that tickled me is that for the serving number guide there is a motif of the shape of the cake, so the piggy bank is a cute little pink piggy with a curly tail, with the serving number below it.

Each cake is ranked one to three birthday candles, showing if it is easy, some effort or challenging. This is not a how-to step-by-step-assembly picture cake book, though I do think the text instructions are clear and good. Still, being a Fiona Cairns cookbook even if you never did any of the decoration ideas, you would still have some top notch cakes to serve your guests. For example Banoffee, Flourless Lemon Polenta Cake with Limoncello Syrup, Coconut and Chocolate Stripy Cake, Masala Chai with Ginger Fudge Icing or the one I made today - a Marmalade Syrup Cake, which was moist, sticky and delicious.

I would have loved to have been given this for my birthday, but alas I didn't have the patience to wait and had to buy it early :)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
his book is not what you might think and from someone who designed the royal wedding cake you might be expecting a cake mostly about sugarcraft. Actually the clue to the type of cakes contained within lies on the front cover of this book. These recipes are about flavour as much as decorated cakes and this book contains a wealth of recipes that would be suitable for more adult like birthdays or even everyday baked treats. There are quite a few cakes that are sugarcraft modelled, but other recipes concentrate much more on flavour than any fancy or hard to do sugarcrafted designs like very lemony meringue cake; tiramasu cake; liquorice toffee cake to name some.

All the recipes in The Birthday Cake book have a photograph to accompany them, there are a range of recipes following themes for parties (glamping, vampire party, Alice in wonderland, etc) that include small cakes like blueberry yoghurt fairy cakes, earl grey tea fairy cakes and biscuits like chocolate dinosaurs, or pastel ice cream sandwiches through to larger layer or family size cakes and even a recipe for brownies, some other tray bakes and one savoury smoked salmon and cream cheese stacked cake.
The sugarcraft or modelled range of recipes consists of a gingerbread house; russian dolls; a crystal skull; playing dice; robots; crocodile handbag; box of chocolates; erupting volcanoe; football boots; pirate galleon; seaside bucket cake; fresh flower heart; alice's teapot; piggy bank; marzipan fruits hat; bejewlled elephant; a fantasy castle; merry go round; wigwam; and vegetable plot cake. There are templates for some cake designs and written directions (these may be hard to follow if your not too proficient in sugar craft).

This book is a good buy if you have older or grown up children and are looking for inspiration for grown up parties, if you want to follow a theme for a party and are looking for ideas, or if you just want some interesting flavoursome cake recipes for tea.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing 8 Nov 2012
By Jules
Loved her programme and recipes but found the American terms used in the book confusing ie all purpose flour, superfine sugar, confectioners sugar...and the mish mash of measuring formats erratic. Ounces, cups, pounds, scant cups, sticks of butter, tablespoons. Why can't she use grams? It makes it hard work to follow, and spoils an others wise great collection of recipes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fiona 28 Aug 2011
The Birthday Cake Book

Another great book from fantastic, Royal Wedding cake maker; Fiona Cairns. In her new, second book Fiona presents a very well balanced book of fun looking novelty cakes as well as some great tasting and inspirational cakes full of flavour and imagination. Look out for Blackberry, lavender rose and white chocolate cake, Rhubarb and anise crumble cake, Chocolate wigwam - fab - and for those who want savoury cakes try the Smoked Salmon cake - sounds wierd but recipe looks great as do all the other photos and recipes in a great new book - perfect for novelty cake makers and home bakers alike! Enjoy

Also try this book too for great tasting cakes: Bake & Decorate
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clever and inspiring 12 Sep 2011
I loved Fiona Cairns last book and some of her recipes are regularly in my repetoire. I made some of the toffee apples with my children at the weekend and they were a big hit and delicious. The decorations, especially the garden are so inspiring and I will definitely have a go.Fiona Cairns recipes are very reliable and all have a clever twist to them. I am going to leaf through the book with my diary and work out which recipes will suit members of my family and friends on their birthdays, it will be the nearest they will get to having a cake made by the Royal Wedding Cake maker!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday 19 Oct 2011
I am very pleased with the book but i do find the instructions slightly difficult to follow at the moment i am doing the handbag cake so fingers crossed it looks good,i was very pleased with how soon my book arrived
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I expected more sugarcraft techniques so feel pretty disappointed as the book contains very few techniques and the techniques it does contain are very basic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christina Ludlam
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering and showstopping cakes
Great book and lots of inspirational ideas and really makes you want to try the mouthwatering cakes.Easy and not so easy to try so something to tempt everyone
Published 4 months ago by Kate P Burrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great birthday ideas
A must for cake decorators. Wonderful creative ideas. Clear instructions and illustrations. Lots of useful baking tips. Love this book.
Published 4 months ago by Miss Sonia Crewe
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birthday Cake Book
Published 7 months ago by joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best recipe books
I've had this book for a couple of years and I love it. The recipes are utterly reliable and the cakes are delicious. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Greengauge
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gift.
This was bought as a present and much loved by the person who received it. Have sampled some of the delights already.
Published 12 months ago by gilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
I bought this book after watching Fiona Cairn's programme on television called 'The Home of Fabulous Cakes'. The book is even better because in the t.v. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sandy Beach
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It's easy to see why the Royals choose Fiona Cairns to make their wedding cake. The recipes are reliable and easy to follow and taste just fab. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab cakes
Excellent book, clear and easy to follow recipes. Innovative ideas. Licqorice toffee cakes....mmmmmmm. For those who love to bake, this is the book!
Published 18 months ago by minnieb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cake book
All ready baked some cakes out of this book. Its great easy to follow and very tasty results to very good.
Published 19 months ago by emma blackwell
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