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Cupcake Magic [Hardcover]

Kate Shirazi
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Book Description

1 Mar 2008
Kate Shirazi makes beautiful and irreverently decorated cupcakes with eggs from her own free-range flock of (battery rescue) hens - they are cupcakes with both conscience and attitude.Combining a no-nonsense approach to cooking and an insatiable appetite for cake, here is a collection of delicious new recipes and fun designs for cupcakes. A lively, colourful book packed with baking tips, captivating new cake designs, modern photography and delightful illustrations, it is split into -fat, middling-fat and high-fat recipes, with ideas for both sweet and savoury, children's and adult's, seasonal and special occasion designs.Importantly, there is also a section devoted to ingredients and equipment and not to forget the author's hens and the significance of using free-range eggs.The author writes in such an informal style, and with such enthusiasm and humour, that the reader is borne along on her passion for cupcakes!This title features colourful and exciting new cupcake recipes and icing suggestions. It is beautifully designed - a must for the seasoned cupcake devotee. It includes easy no-nonsense recipes - ideal for novice cooks.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (1 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058101
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 17.8 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Packed with baking tips and delicious recipes, and (some but not enough for my liking) photographs of the finished cakes." - Cake Craft & Decoration Magazine

About the Author

Formally a health visitor and nurse, Kate Shirazi moved to Devon from London looking for a slower pace of life. She founded the Cakeadoodledo mail order cupcake business in 2005 from her farmhouse kitchen and has seen it boom. Her flock of battery rescue hens are stars in their own right. This will be her first book.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 5 Jun 2008
By Mrsravi
Although I have a book-shelf heaving with cake & baking books, I just couldn't resist this one.
Kate's style is informative, friendly and fun and the books' design and lay-out make it a pleasure to use. The ingredients are clearly listed, along with many handy hints & tips, and the instructions are easy to follow.
The chapters are helpfully ordered in order of 'faffdom', which makes deciding which cakes to make all the easier.
I made some of her low-faff cakes and iced them following her recipes and they were a great success.I intend to bake many more!
An excellent little book, I love it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab little book! 20 Jun 2008
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Being new to the cupcake scene I decided to buy a little book for inspiration. Cupcake Magic has provided just that! Not only does it have recipes for icing and cake mixtures but also decorating ideas-with instruction and pictures too. If you are a bit of a novice to cake making (like me) this is the perfect book but I'm also guessing that if you're an experienced cupcake Connoisseur, this will provide some great ideas and a whole lot of inspiration. Another couple of bonuses are the light hearted way it is written and the onus on freerange!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy... 16 April 2008
By k
Bought this book after reading an article on the author in a country magazine. Love the enthusiasm and fun in which she writes.
This neat, little book, is colourfully illustrated, with handy tips on getting started. It is full of inspiring cupcake and icing ideas, from the simple to something a little more fanciful. Fun to read, with a variety of yummy cake recipes to inspire and delight all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cupcake Magic! 12 Jun 2010
Now, I must say in the past I have tried hundreds of cupcake recipes with varying degrees of success. I decided I needed a decent book to take me right back to basics. This is it!!

I didn't get my book through Amazon so I can't comment on the packaging or speed of delivery. However, when I did get my book I was pleasantly surprised. The cover is a hardback and it feels good quality. The images are bright and vivid on the front. So far so good!

Firstly, I must applaud Kate Shirazi's style of writing. It's flowing, and it explains exactly what point she wants to get across, even with a few giggles along the way! I love the way she covers all aspects of cupcake making in the first chapter, from actually owning hens for eggs to the confusing world of cupcake cases! I found it very pleasurable to read and learned a lot.

It starts with a few basic recipes for the cupcake and for icing. Now, having read some of the reviews they were disappointed as to how the more complex recipes were simply variations. What else do you want to make cupcakes out of, other than flour, eggs, sugar and butter?! I personally think that the initial recipe/s are wonderful, and if it ain't broke- don't fix it! Every single time I've used the recipes it's been superbly easy to ascertain when the cupcakes are done, simply because it's a lovely light mixture. A quick prod on the top and they're firm and spongey.

When I've used large cupcake cases they "explode" beautifully. I get a very large, domed top that is great to decorate straight onto. Ahh, decorations- the best part of cupcake making? Now, I understand that Kate Shirazi's style might not be the most appealing to a lot of people, it is rather unusual, and she admits that too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cupcake Heaven 5 Oct 2008
I have purchased Kates cakes so I just had to buy her book and have a go. They are fantastic - her receipes and ideas are brilliant and you won't be disappointed. The pictures are stunning and even if you don't get round to baking the cakes, it is a lovely book to look at and have out in your kitchen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splodges of mixture on the pages 30 May 2009
How can I praise this little book enough? I saw it in a bookshop, looked for it on Amazon but no luck so trekked back to the bookshop to buy a copy and was very pleased I did. Part of the purchase price even goes to a charity rescuing retired battery hens but that aside, the book works on a couple of levels; the author's infectious enthusiasm for all things cake-related makes for an amusing read and it's a great source for cupcake recipes and decorating ideas. Another reviewer criticised this book for only containing a few recipes but I think there is a great selection here. There are low-, mid- and high-faff sections and while it's true that the chapters dealing with more complicated decoration use simpler cakes as a basis, the low-faff section has a good variety of recipes. I find that some cook books look lovely but never get used to make anything. Not so with this one, as the pages of my copy already fall open at favourites and the odd splodge of cake mix has found its way on to a few pages here and there. Some friends asked me to make a cupcake mountain for their wedding and all the cakes they chose are from this book. I baked a few samples for them and took the rest into work for colleagues to try - all comments were amazingly positive. The carrot cake is so moist and delish even after freezing, the coffee and walnut was a retro treat and the spiced fruit cake (a "christmas" recipe spiked with brandy) was totally awesome. I'm a keen baker but talentless cake decorator who had fought shy of icings & frostings up till now but this book encouraged me to experiment with poured fondant, buttercream and even a bit of piping with unexpectedly good results. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy
I was looking for a present for Secret Santa and was swayed by the other reviews. I have only flicked through it as it's a present but am tempted to buy a copy for myself!
Published 8 months ago by R A HARRIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cupcake Book!
I love this book. I have bought it for others.

Great recipes for all sorts of cakes, written with humour and including lots of tips. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
It has full written instructions which are easy to follow and love the colourful pictures that tell you how it should look at the end.
Published 18 months ago by naeemadi
5.0 out of 5 stars I just LOVE this book!
This was the first, and by far the best cupcake book I have bought. I have a weakness for buying cookery books - especially baking. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by lesleyjane
3.0 out of 5 stars More decorating than cup cake
I actually really like this book. I use the lemon cake recipe over and over again to great applause from various recipients. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by Glitterfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any collection!
When I frist looked at this book I was a bit sceptial because of the recipes for savoury cupcakes, but like the author says, you eat cheese scones don't you? Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2009 by topflatfille
3.0 out of 5 stars lack of pictures
i do like this book, and you really cant go wrong with the price however i found it lacking in pictures... Read more
Published on 30 July 2009 by R. Keddie
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont bother to buy
I bought this book 2 months ago. The book is very disappointing.Recipes ad decorations are very basic. Read more
Published on 25 July 2009 by Richard Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, lacklustre cupcakes
I'm an avid cupcake baker, and found the recipes to be poor compared to others I've tried. The cupcakes turn out dense, could be the margarine that the author insists is better... Read more
Published on 6 May 2009 by A. C. Gowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Scrumptious
Superb book - inspiring! Straightforward and oh so tasty. Intend to make cupcakes now for every occasion possible! Read more
Published on 4 May 2009 by Sally Waters
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