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Bake And Decorate [Hardcover]

Fiona Cairns
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March 23 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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'She's the original grande dame of cakes' - foodepedia.co.uk '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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5.0 out of 5 stars bake me happy! July 4 2011
Format:Hardcover
Glorious Glorious. How happy I am that I purchased this cake baking book....after 20+ years of home baking I have finally found a recipe book which is well presented, accurately edited and still produces amazingly subtle and wonderful flavours with each cake....I have baked 9 and each one a "raving" success. The icing itself is full of
nuances and suggestions of other worldyness..es.

The cover indicates exactly what is inside, honest, hand made with refined, elegant touches. If I wanted each of my cakes to look like I had spent 20 years as a professional baker, that would be an entirely different matter. Fiona has shown she is able to create for both worlds, with grace, ease and style suited for each of these worlds.

Fiona Cairns has published a recipe book that speaks to my taste buds and those of my "tasting possie", who now phone often to check what I am baking next... Thank you Fiona for taking the time to share your craft and inside information..e..g. 1T flour stops eggs curdling butter and sugar....who knew!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cakes, work each time and taste amazing July 4 2011
By Bake me happy ! - Published on Amazon.com
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Glorious! Glorious! This book is for the HOME BAKER, and as such it is approachable, very clear in directions, the steps are uncomplicated and the flavours AMAZING!!! I have baked 9 of the cakes so far in this book. I have been baking for years (20+) and this is the FIRST cake baking book that has delivered on all levels.

My panel of tasters (6 friends, 4 women 2 men, phone now to see when I plan to bake) all agree that Fiona's delicate combinations of proportions and flavours are refined, yet joyful to the taste buds.

This is not a book for those who have spent years in a professional kitchen and wish to reproduce work suitable for William and Kate. The photo on the cover captures the expectations the baker will find in the pages of this generous book.

Fiona Cairns has shown she is capable of both styles, and personally I love her "hand made" style, I love the colours she has chosen for the icing (these taste as fabulous as they look - better!) These cakes represent honestly what they are.....cakes made by real people in a real home kitchen.

For those who want to bake delicious cakes, which work every time, for their family, friends and children this is a must, buy several as gifts, your friends will thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! June 8 2012
By lovetodecorate - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only does this book provide some great recipes, but very valuable baking and decorating tips and the pics are beautiful. I love to read about people like Fiona who start off in their kitchens or garages and thru persistance and perseverance attain their dreams. I ordered this book because I heard she was the baker for the royal wedding cake. My mother was born and raised in Leeds and came to the U.S. as a war bride. I spent the night with her and woke up at 4 a.m. to watch the royal wedding together. Never did I realize that my mother would die 3 weeks later at the age of 87. This book is very special to me and while I haven't had the occasion yet to try one of these recipes, I have started a small gluten free baking business and plan to convert some of these to gluten free. While my decorating skills will NEVER match hers, I can't wait to try the fruit cakes and the lavender frosting like the front cover picture. I am in no way disappointed in this book! Thank you Fiona! You are a great inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars baking beautiful cakes Aug. 9 2011
By Donna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wonderful book, it gives you great ideas to expand your imagination. Also has a margin of helpful tips, and ideas. Different from the Wilton decorating books. The author has done a great job writing it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not a cake decorating book Nov. 4 2011
By Martina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have to agree with other reviewers a 100%. This is not a "cake decorating" book.
I had this title on my wishlist until I had the chance to go through it at the bookstore. I was surprised that those cakes made it into a book. I guess that it never occurred to me that if the cake on the cover was "the best" from the book, well, you shouldn't expect much from the rest. This is truly one of the worst cake decorating books I've ever seen. I don't think this is even worth buying just to try the recipes, at least I know I wouldn't, because there are other excellent baking books like "Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours" that will give you great recipes that work every time.

I recently bought "Contemporary Cake Decorator's Bible: Creative techniques, Fresh inspiration, Stylish designs" and found it to be what a cake decorating book should be: really detailed oriented, with step by step instruction and recipes, besides having amazing pictures. In other words "inspiring."

Maybe it all has to do with the title, this book shouldn't be advertised as a "bake and decorate" and the cakes aren't "charming" either. The title should be something like "Free spirit Confections: Cakes anyone can bake and decorate" or something like that.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Homemade Cakes Should Be July 4 2011
By Design with Heart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like a previous reviewer, I admit that I too have never baked a cake from Ms. Cairn's book - though I have spent many hours reading the well-written recipes and admiring the beautiful pictures.

What I believe gives me the authority to write a review of this fine book is that I have had the pleasure of tasting many of the cakes whose recipes are contained within said book. And, having tasted literally hundreds of cakes that my mother has baked throughout her life, in addition to those found in fine bakeries and restaurants, the cakes baked using Ms. Cairn's recipes are the best I have ever eaten in my life.

Without fail, the cakes baked from this book are light, moist and decadent; their flavours and layered an nuanced; and they look like homemade cakes should look - beautiful and full of character.

This book could simply be a gracious addition to any coffee table, but the real magic happens when butter meets sugar, flour meets eggs - and little handmade masterpieces emerge from the oven to delight even the most discerning of palettes.

I dare you to try one of her cakes an not be immediately hooked. This is the cake book to end all cake books. Period.
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