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Love Bakery: Cupcakes from the Heart [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Samantha Blears
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Book Description

24 Oct 2010
From the sparkles on the cupcakes to the jars of Love Hearts on the dresser, from the postcards on the mirror to the pink Roberts radio, it just makes you smile. Somehow it evokes the Kings Road boutiques of the Seventies, open-top cars cruising in the sunshine, teenage trysts in milk bars, and glitter balls in discos. Now you can bring the sparkle into your home, as Love Bakery captures the sense of fun that has made a community take a shop to its heart. Sam Blears encourages you to let your imagination run riot, and to use her moodboards, just-in-case cupboard, and glittering decorations to create your own versions of her much-loved cakes. You'll discover recipes for cupcakes, love pops, love shots, cuptails and whoopie pies; fabulous hidden flavours such as the Peruvian Bear Cupcake's secret marmalade centre; plus fantastic ideas and templates for co-ordinating party themes and giftwrapping. Take the fear out of baking, replace it with fun and glitter, and you'll find there's nothing as delicious as a cupcake baked from the heart.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Press (24 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907332472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907332470
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 22.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love Bakery one of my favourites. I can find endless reasons for swinging by and buying a box of cupcakes . Or, if I want to feel less guilty, I can convince myself that a lovepop (a cupcake on a stick not even joking) is necessary for me to get through the day. And watch this space the cookbook is about to be published! . . . It s done scrapbook-style and has pictures that are literally mouthwatering! --Emma Forbes on

Fabulous cupcakes --Natascha McElhone, Evening Standard

What began as a mum baking for parties has quickly become the hottest cup-cake shop in town --Time Out --Time Out

The taste test: cupcakes

Britain is experiencing an outbreak of cupcake bakeries. Perhaps it s all part of Dave n Nick s exciting regeneration plan we are to become une nation de pâtissiers. Ironically enough, the fashion for les cupcakes has even spread to Paris. It wouldn t be possible without the Americans, who started the craze in New York late last century. Now their Botoxed ladies-who-lunch eat no more than green salad at midday, so as to accommodate a clandestine cupcake or two in the afternoon.....

Debutantes were led by the Michelin Snapper (MS), who has not only eaten in every top restaurant in the world, but also photographed every course. The Pâtisserie Fancier (PF) keeps a flat in Paris the better to hunt down elite pastries. And the Digital Native (DN) lives in a virtual world, but responds well to physical objects resembling cakes. Returning was the Epicure Publisher (EP), who d flown in from Texas for the gig. Also the Discerning Litigator (DL), who s a lapsed home baker, the Hungry Banker (HB), who seems to regard cupcakes as nothing more than devices of seduction and the Gluttonous Pig (GP), who can take or leave cake but hoovers up butter-cream icing.

For our blind tasting we decided to test 11 artisan bakeries, although these little fancies are also available in supermarkets. Enterprising flavours ranged from Earl Grey, apricot and almond, rose and chocolate ginger to cookies and cream, pumpkin, spiced apple cider and rhubarb custard. I won t name the cake which earned this verdict: a catastrophe, tastes of cod (DN)......

So the best cakes on the day? In third place was The Hummingbird Bakery, which has three branches in London, with its moist carrot cake, containing chopped walnut and topped with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon dust: lovely, lovely sponge (DN); plain but cute (HB).

Second came Mama Doreen s Cupcake Company from that northern baking capital Harrogate. Doreen (actually the mother-and-daughter team of Justine Hall and Jessica Bradley) has a flair for edible sparkle. We tasted its splendid blueberry-jam cupcake topped with gilded fresh berries: very pretty (PF); million-dollar appearance (EP); fantastic (DL); wonderfully whimsical (HB); a word to boyfriends everywhere this is the cupcake she wants as an apology for your bad behaviour (DN).

And the winner: the Love Bakery in Chelsea, south-west London which triumphed with its über-sophisticated rhubarb and custard cupcake with ginger snaps: gorgeous surprise shock of rhubarb in the middle (DN); delicious tart rhubarb (DL); I can t find it ... oh, at the bottom (PF); handsome (EP). We also tasted two others from Love Red Velvet and Hickory Dickory Choc. Their bakers judged the amount of rich icing perfectly, whereas Mama Doreen is sometimes a bit too free with her toppings. But hey they both have a great range and you can order online. So get to it! --Financial Times

What began as a mum baking for parties has quickly become the hottest cup-cake shop in town --Time Out

I am on a mission to own AND USE 200 baking and cooking books by the time I am 40 which is just under 3 years away (Argh!). These must be books that are useful and don't just sit on the shelf collecting dust. I am already up to at least 120 with just a couple that I need to get rid of as they are not that good. The Love Bakery is my latest acquisition and I LOVE it! There are hundreds of cupcake books on the market but this has loads of recipes that I will make. I have only owned the book for a week but have already made the Toffee Apple cupcakes and teh Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with plenty more on my 'to bake' list. I attended a charity event last Friday for Halloween where I took loads of cupcakes and the Chocolate Orange Cupcakes were the first to sell out, so they will definately be made again! The recipes do not have loads of ingredients in them or even worse really obscure ingredients what will be impossible to find here in St Helens. --Casa Costello

What began as a mum baking for parties has quickly become the hottest cup-cake shop in town --Time Out

About the Author

Love Bakery was born after Sam Blears was shamed into making cupcakes for her son's school fair. What started as a few dozen homemade treats became a home kitchen producing 600 cupcakes a week. When cupcakes started to take over the living room, Sam found a new home - the now renowned neon-pink and candy-striped Love Bakery on London's Kings Road.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cupcake Love!! Love this book.. 2 Nov 2010
I found this book in my local library and am pleased to say it is one I will propably buy! I am a cake decorator and have been looking for simple yet effective ways to add new cake flavours to my work and to try the popular fashion of the moment that is cupcakes. The recipes are wonderful, some great simple ones like vanilla, which I have just made today,through to more elegant and unique recipes such as pina colada and after eight mint! The book itself is attrative too. Enjoyable to browse through and gives lots of inspiration.They are easy enough recipes that adapt to your own ideas too...and that is why I love this book.I will be trying the recipes in my 8 inch cake tin and seeing how they turn out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cupcake heaven 7 Dec 2010
By pepemia VINE VOICE
I only recently in my middle age started trying my hand at baking- starting with muffins, few cupcakes etc. However I soon found it becomeing a rather mouthwatering addiction. As my confidence has grown so has my desire to make bigger, better more unusal cakes.
My library now aches with cake books but sadly so many of them seem repatitive, are hard to make or promise more than they deliver. However Cupcakes from the heart transformed all that and I must say is the best cupcake book I own. The presentaion of the book- pink with glittery writing and yummy photos of all the cakes makes you want to hig it & read it. The cakes range from the normal vanillia, chocolate to the really unusal ( cocktail cupcakes ! breakfast cupcakes, retro cupcakes ) you just want to run into the kitchen and bake them .
Its been a long time since I have been so inspired. With about 52 recipes it offers everything you need .
Everything about this book really does echo the feeling of Love- done from the heart.
The recipes are easy to follow and also suitable for beginners through to advanced bakers. With a section about " adding the love ", how to add that specail something to each cake. Whats more is not just small cupcakes- there is a section on the latest extrs large cupcakes ,love pops, whoopie pies and the fantastic Donut cake.
Plus all the cakes I have made have tasted fantastic and been so easy to make, no over the top ingredients.
I dont think I will ever tire of this book, and neither will my friends !
So if there is only one cupcake book you buy it must be this one- I have martha, primrose ,101 etc - but this wins my heart. So buy it- just buy it and if you have friends who love cupcakes buy it for them. It just offers something so different it wshould have a place in everyones kitchen- you will soon Love Love bakery- thanks for this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 18 Oct 2010
very straight forward recipes,I have had 100% success each time and really enjoyed all the ideas for making the cup cakes look amazing, in spite of being a very hit and miss cook! My son was impressed and not convinced I hadn't bought them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want more! 26 Oct 2010
Just cannot believe how much I've enjoyed making some of the recipes from this simply gorgeous book! I am now a complete cupcake fanatic and having such a beautiful book to inspire me is like a dream come true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 19 Oct 2010
By Amelia
What a fantastic book! Really clear step by step instructions that I found very easy to follow. Great photos with extra hints and tips. I love the glitter and sparkle - and the sparkly cover looks amazing too!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Sofia
This book has a terrific collection of cupcake recipes and ideas that would bring much joy to anyone who loves baking.

The recipes in this book range from the traditional vanilla to the downright funny adventurous recipes like fizzy whizzy cupcakes (popping candy that is folded into the frosting) that any kid or `big kid at heart' would adore.

The cupcake recipes are split into sections with love playing the key theme:
Love favourites: vanilla cupcakes, lemon cupcakes, rose cupcakes
Love cake for breakfast: mocha cupcakes, greek yoghurt and honey cupcakes, gluten-free cupcakes
Love fruit: mango strawberry cupcakes, banana cupcakes, raspberry coconut cupcakes
Love afternoon tea: earl grey cupcakes, English whoopee pies, lemon curd mascarpone cupcakes
Love retro: boy's own cupcakes, black forest gateau cupcakes, toffee apple cupcakes
Love being a (big) kid: fizzy whizzy cupcakes, love pops, you donut
Love cuptails: margarita cuptails, strawberry daiquiri cuptails, pina colada cuptails
... and more love cupcakes that you can muster as the recipes in this book would definitely cater for any celebration, craving, mood or self- indulgent moment.

The other things that I liked about this book are;
The recipes are backed with delish photographs of the cupcakes
Each recipe is well laid out and informative - how many cupcakes it makes, what equipment you will need, what you will need for the cake, frosting and for the `love' optional things like sugar paste flowers or edible dust, sprinkles
Templates - for sugar-paste decorations, gift tags

This book will be keeping me busy as I have just started to work my way through the recipes that I want to bake. It looks as though my family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours will be enjoying the fruits of my baking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best 30 Nov 2010
I ordered five cup cake books and this one stood out as the best for innovative ideas, flavours, excellent presentation and clear instructions - I sent the rest straight back. This one had lots of different recipes, not merely a basic one with different toppings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bakery: Cupcakes from the Heart
Lovely cupcake cookery book as recommended by my friend. I have made lots of cup cakes from this book and took them to work as everyone loved them.
Published 2 months ago by Stenner Family
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
Like this book, bought it a long time ago for a friend, and bought it again for myself. I like to make gifts for friends, and this is a good way to get in the good books, turn up... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Jenks
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cupcake book ever
This is, by far, the best book of all that I have in my library of creative pastries. It's creative and beautiful yet accurate and very close. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Isabel Blazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Brilliant book - I already knew the content as I had borrowed it from the library before hand. Was in excellent condition at a great price. I'm happy so thanks!
Published 4 months ago by Gabby
5.0 out of 5 stars You want to start baking as soon as you open it.
What a lovely book, well illustrated, recipes very clearly presented. Lots of lovely ideas. Cannot wait to start trying some of them.
Published 5 months ago by mrs maria jeanette gravell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cupcakes from the heart
I have made a lot of cakes from this book and they've turned out well:). The after eight cup cakes where enjoyed by everyone. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Victoria Hezlett
5.0 out of 5 stars scrummy
The recipes really are fantastic. This book adds another dimension to cupcakes that I don't have in my other recipe books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by fairy dust
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book!
Love this book. love the recipes, not too hard just right. I considered this a bargain! Ideal if you are into making cupcakes!
Published 14 months ago by Marybeth
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book
Being a keen baker - I just adore this book, it is full of great recipies and decorating ideas. Highly recommend it !!
Published 18 months ago by Mary O Dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifechanging!
This book is simply amazing! I made the red velvet cupcakes for a charity bake off at work and omg - they came out so heavenly melt-in-your-mouthtastic (even having baked them one... Read more
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