It is National Baking Week and I’ve got hold of the perfect book for this. Birthday Cakes is the new book by Fiona Cairns the creator of Wills and Kate’s wedding cake. Her last book, Bake & Decorate, is one of my favourites and this book is everything I expected and oh so much more! It is truly inspirational.
Fiona has a core of cake recipes which are the start for so many different cakes. She shows how to make a cake that looks like an erupting volcano, a designer handbag, a castle, a teapot, a merry-go-round, a box of chocolates, I could go on…
In my opinion Fiona is an artist; her recipe book needs to come out of the bookshelf and onto the coffee table where everyone can take a look at the beautiful cakes she has sculpted. The best bit of all, the magic, is that she has broken it down so us home-bakers can create the wow factor too.
A quick peek at how Fiona Cairns inspired my George and I. After looking at Fiona’s Chocolate Crispie robots, we used this idea to make a Chocolate Train – which shows how this recipe book gets you thinking outside the box.
By the way this cake was delicious and I’ll be making it again soon!