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Bake & Decorate: Charming Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies for Every Occasion Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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'She's the original grande dame of cakes' - 'Cairn's cakes are undeniably pretty' - Telegraph

About the Author

Fiona Cairns trained as a pastry chef at the Michelin-starred Hambleton Hall and then began baking at home and supplying local businesses. Her company now bakes 220,000 cakes a year for clients such as Harrods, The Conran Shop, The Ritz Hotel, just to name a few. She has made cakes for Bono and Pink Floyd, supplies Sir Paul McCartney with a Christmas cake every year, and recently crafted a multi-tiered fruit cake for the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton. Despite her success, she has never lost her passion for home baking and still makes cakes at home for family and friends.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292045
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bake me happy ! on July 4, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lovetodecorate on June 8, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna on August 9, 2011
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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.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Design with Heart on July 4, 2011
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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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