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.