Celebrating the baking year with classic cakes, cupcakes, biscuits and delicious treats
By Fiona Cairns
Seasonal baking from the Royal cake maker.
Seasonal baking from the Royal cake maker.
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.
Fiona Cairns Ltd began on Fiona's kitchen table 25 years ago, when Kishore Patel - Fiona's husband and now MD of the company - spotted the potential of his wife¿s beautifully crafted handmade cakes. Kishore and Fiona have built the company up to be an established premium brand and this year they had the honour of being chosen to make the official wedding cake for Prince William and Catherine Middleton. A Fiona Cairns cake is both classic and cutting edge and Fiona and her dedicated team pride themselves on being creative; their designs are constantly changing,to reflect current fashions and trends. Fiona also gets a lot of the inspiration by keeping in touch with her customers and visiting the department stores to gather ideas. Her love of flowers also has a strong influence and she regularly uses sugar roses, hydrangeas and berries to decorate her vintage cakes, which have a pretty, traditional look. Fiona Cairns cakes are available at Waitrose, Selfridges, Harrods, Sainsbury's and Bon Marche Paris.
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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? — www.culinarialibris.com
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