Cooking & Entertaining

Birthday Cakes: Festive Cakes for Celebrating that Special Day

Inspired ideas from Britain’s leading baker and cake designer Fiona Cairns, best known for designing the cake for the royal wedding in 2011 of Prince William and Kate Middleton. In this charming book, Fiona Cairns turns her attention to birthdays, adding a touch of bling to her trademark style of cake baking and decorating. The birthday cake is the centerpiece of the celebration, ablaze with candles, cut with a secret wish, and shared to create precious memories. Here are fifty-two cake recipes and sixty-one decoration designs—each cake recipe can be used with a number of different decoration designs, making the possible cakes almost endless. The book also includes sixteen cupcake recipes, as well as spectacular themed parties, including a Vampires’ Party with a crystal skull cake and a Vintage Tea Party with a super-realistic crocodile handbag cake. Birthday Cakes is sure to be the perfect book for anyone planning a party or looking for baking inspiration.

About The Author

Fiona Cairns began baking at home to supply local businesses. Her company now bakes 750,000 exquisite cakes every year for clients such as Harrods, The Conran Shop, and the Ritz Hotel, as well as for individual clients including such notables as Bono, Sir Paul McCartney, and the royal family. Her cakes have been featured in publications worldwide.

  • Publish Date: March 22, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Courses & Dishes - Cakes
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books
  • Trim Size: 7-1/2 x 10
  • Pages: 192
  • US Price: $12.98
  • CDN Price: $12.98
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3126-7


"There is a really wide assortment of recipes and cake designs...instructions were very easy to follow and the pictures were quite beautiful. The recipes were unique and strayed from the standard cake flavors...there are actually a wide variety of different goodies, much more than just cakes." ~Cake Mom Blog

"..sure to be the perfect book for anyone planning a party or looking for baking inspiration." ~Fashion Plus Lifestyle

"Whatever cake you choose, Fiona will make sure your chosen baker will be able to carry it off – and make it the centerpiece of a well-deserved birthday celebration!" ~Super Chef

Author Bookshelf: Fiona Cairns