Fiona cairns icing recipes

Liquorice Allsorts Cake

Liquorice Allsorts Cake

I once again turned to what is rapidly becoming one of my baking bibles - The Birthday Cake Book by Fiona Cairns for the underlying liquorice toffee cake recipe and liquorice toffee buttercream and then came up with a simple bright pink fondant topping with a black fondant ring inset in the top of the cake and then decorated with assorted liquorice allsorts
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Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake

My first approach was a classic salted caramel buttercream based on a Fiona Cairns recipe. 100 icing sugar, sifted. To make the icing, start by making the caramel toffee sauce by placing the brown sugar, cream and 20g butter into a small saucepan. Cream together 100g butter, the vanilla and icing sugar until pale and fluffy. 100 icing sugar
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Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

The last marzipan I made for the battenberg, using a recipe from Bake & Decorate by Fiona Cairns was a bit difficult to work with
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Blood orange, lemon and almond cake

Blood orange, lemon and almond cake

Combined with a classic lemon this is a gorgeous zesty bake, the blood orange adds a beautiful orange hue to the cake, this recipe is based on Nigella Lawson's clementine cake which in turn is based on Claudia Roden's orange and almond cake, I am pretty sure Fiona Cairns has a version too
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