In London, the hottest place to seek out the best cupcake is the Primrose Bakery. Just ask Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John, Paul Smith, and Madonna, and they will agree. The Primrose Bakery opened in 2004, and was born from all of the magnificent cupcakes that Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas were churning out in their home kitchens for neighborhood birthday parties. As the demand grew to satisfy the sweet tooth of hungry clients like Selfridges Food Hall, Fortnum & Mason, and Fresh & Wild, they moved the operations to their ever-popular Primrose Hill location and later opened an outpost in Covent Garden.
For the first time in the U.S., we can taste these small and seductive little cakes with Swift and Thomas's new book Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery. With lavish photos and delectable recipes, Swift and Thomas share their artistry for creating a truly beautiful cupcake. They begin with the basics - accompanied with step-by-step photos − with separate chapters on how to make simple cupcake recipes (vanilla, chocolate, lemon, and carrot), how to ice a cupcake properly, and using decorations for anytime, seasonal, and special occasion treats.
From Ginger Cupcakes with Ginger Icing and Orange Cupcakes with a Rose Buttercream to Milky Way Cupcakes and Blueberry Cornmeal Cupcakes, the possibilities for creating a mini-masterpiece for any occasion are endless. Swift and Thomas give us cupcakes for the seasons, icing inspiration for special occasions (weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, summer gatherings, christenings, baby showers) and holidays (Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's Eve). There are even cupcakes for breakfast and tea time and a couple of full-sized layer cakes thrown in for good measure.
From the simple (Peanut Butter Cupcakes) to the sophisticated (White Amaretto Cupcakes) to the sublime (Caramel Cupcakes), Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery is the ultimate collection for all cupcake lovers.