Happy birthday to ya!

6:25 pm

I turned a step closer to the dreaded 40 the other day. And so, it seems an ideal time to talk about a fantastic book I was sent to review.  

No matter whose birthday you are baking for one of Fiona Cairns cakes from The Birthday Cake Book is sure to be a hit. From Russian Dolls to a pirate ship to a garden cake for a keen allotmenteer there is really something for everyone.

The best thing about the book is that the cakes really look homemade and to me that always makes them infinitely doable.  Fiona is the queen of cakes and the creator of the royal wedding cake this year and it's not hard to see why, her creative flair and imagination sings out in every luscious illustration.  

There are 52 cake recipes in total and 61 cake decorations.  The recipes sound delicious and include some really unusual choices how about  masala chai cake with ginger fudge frosting or pistachio, grand marnier and olive oil cake? 

There are also some spectacular ideas for themed parties from vampires including a simply incredible crystal skull cake to a vintage tea party (a real must do) with a stunning crocodile handbag cake.

We can't wait to get back into the kitchen to have a go, first stop piggy bank cake.  Oink oink!

The Birthday Cake Book by Fiona Cairns (Quadrille Publishing Ltd) is £18.99 RRP and is available from all good bookshops.

We were given a copy of The Birthday Cake Book free of charge to review

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