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Seasonal Baking: Celebrating the baking year with classic cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and delicious treats [Hardcover]

Fiona Cairns
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12 Sep 2013

Royal cake maker, Fiona Cairns, knows how important the seasons are when creating delicious cakes. Not only are ingredients at their very best and cheapest, but it also makes sense to be in tune with the changing colours, moods and celebrations of the seasons. In the spring, why not try baking early rhubarb and vanilla custard cupcakes? On a hot summer's day enjoy a mango pavlova, and on a cold winter's afternoon curl up by the fireside and share a slice of chocolate and cardamom tart. From edible gifts to party and celebration cakes, plus decorating ideas and drink suggestions, SEASONAL BAKING is full of inspiration whatever the time of year or occasion.

Fiona Cairns supplies cakes for Waitrose, Selfridges, Harrods, Sainsbury's and Bon Marche Paris and was the official cake designer for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Many of the cakes in this book are accompanied by decorating ideas, as well as seasonal drink suggestions. Whether you find yourself in the kitchen wondering what to bake for the simple pleasure of it, to share or give to a friend or maybe bake for a party large or small - whatever the time of year or occasion, you will find plenty of ideas.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297867784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297867784
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This isn't just another baking book. Fiona Cairns conjures up cakes that are quite extraordinary and other worldly. She simply unlocks the imagination. This book is full of magic. And all the recipes work. (Diana Henry)

yet another sensational baking book! Seasonal Baking celebrates the baking year with classic cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and treats for every season and we can't wait to get stuck in! (GOOD TO KNOW RECIPES)

Seasonal Baking s a baking book for those who appreciate the nuances of seasonal flavors and ingredients. This is a lovely collection of recipes you would be inspired to bake from the gifts of nature such as a bag of Kent cobnuts or a pail of blackberries... Fiona's understated recipes focus on simplicity and the sublime. After all, what could be more simple or elegant than an Almond-Apricot Pansy Cake where sprinkles of pansies and a dusting of icing sugar adorn the cake? (

Fiona Cairns made that royal wedding cake so it's a fair bet that even the most experienced bakers can learn a trick or two from her. Her latest book celebrates the best each season has to offer in a broad array of treats ranging from biscuits and traybakes to stunning multi-tiered cakes, all beautifully photographed and described in straightforward instructions (SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE)

Seasonal Baking by Fiona Cairns is full of sweet treats for every occasion and season and the prettiest cakes imaginable - as you'd expect from the woman who made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake (ELLE DECORATION)

Making the Christmas cake is one of my favourite winter rituals, and the recipe this year is Fig, Port and Star Anise, courtesy of Fiona Cairns' stunning new book Seasonal Baking. (PSYCHOLOGIES)

This beauty from Fiona Cairns really stood out for us... elegantly combines the classics with all kinds of innovative cakes, biscuits and puds. But the main draw for us was the focus on seasonality; Cairns uses fruit, nuts and flowers when they are at their very best, and her bakes are totally in tune with the changing colours, moods and celebrations of the seasons (GREAT BRITISH FOOD MAGAZINE)

As well as the kudos making William and Kate's wedding cake, Fiona Cairns boasts Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason amongst the establishments she supplies cakes to. She offers all sorts of delicious recipes here divided into the four seasons, there's something for every occasion (CHOICE)

Bakers are really fond of Fiona's tomes. She makes cakery an art form (EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES)

When it comes to sweet things, Fiona Cairns really has the magic touch (GREAT BRITISH FOOD MAGAZINE)

Seasonal Baking not only ensures that you are using ingredients when they are at their best but is also a cost-effective way of producing high-quality cakes. Royal cake maker Fiona Cairns has created a series of recipes to celebrate each seasonal milestone from springtime Passion Fruit Kisses through to Christmas Wreath Eclairs. Each recipe features beautifully styled photography to inspire you to think seasonally when making cakes, sweets or desserts. (CAKES & SUGARCRAFT)

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Seasonal baking from the Royal cake maker.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Lovely Book!!! 23 Sep 2013
By Debs
I bought Seasonal Baking as I have Fiona's two other books and they are a go-to for all celebrations. Seasonal Baking does not disappoint!

Seasonal Baking is the sort of book you want to sit down and read with a cup of tea- the recipes all look fantastic and there are so many lovely photographs to look through. I have baked the Peanut Butter and Sour Cherry Cookies and the Spiced Butternut Mini Loaf cakes and they've turned out perfectly.. and didn't last long in our house! Dividing the book into seasons does make you think twice about the ingredients you use at certain times of the year. I'm looking forward to baking the Fig, Port and Star Anise Christmas cake...

In short, recommended!
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I've had a secret love-affair with the goodies that Fiona produces for a while now, and this is the first book I've purchased of hers and won't be my last.

Recipes are sensational, photography ditto and everything's well explained. Recipes also aren't too long and rambling so it's a cookbook I'll be using for a long, long time and has already become a firm favourite in my house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic baking book 29 Jun 2014
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I love the seasonal approach in this book and really love the styling - I tried painting a couple of cakes with great success which really pleased me, the chocolate truffle cake is amazing, as is the mincemeat in the winter section. I've had this book for 6 months now and keep coming back to it. Undoubtedly Fiona Cairns best book yet, this one is destined to be a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars baking book 22 May 2014
By jasper
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As an avid collector of cookery books this is another excellant book for my collection. The supplier gave excellant nservice and would certainly use again
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4.0 out of 5 stars A LOVELY PRESENT 13 April 2014
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Bought this for my daughter who has produced a number of lovely cakes from the recipies in this book. Nice photographs and easy to understand recipies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shhhhhhh 23 Mar 2014
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I want to keep this book a secret but it's too good to hide and must be shared. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 6 Mar 2014
By J. King
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This is the third Fiona Cairns book I have bought and it is as good as the others. The book looks great, the recipes are doable and use seasonal ingredients. It'a book with recipes you can use and follow year round. I'm really pleased with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous recipes - Beautiful book!! 2 Jan 2014
By Cathy
This is such a lovely book - maybe not on a par with her first one 'Bake and Decorate', but that truly is a classic. However, this looks so beautiful it would make a wonderful gift and I am sure, inspire a reluctant baker!
The Blackberry, Apple and Cobnut crumble has become a family favourite for special occasions and the Christmas ideas, from shortbread to no bake cakes (my daughters teachers loved these!) and the 'reindeer cakes' (OK I didn't have a clue what 'dulce de leche' was and an explanation would have been good), were a spectacular Christmas hit!! A fabulous looking book - really looking forward to the Spring and Summer recipes.....
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