on 11 November 2011
I did not consider pre ordering this book as I already own all of the Hummingbird, Primrose, Magnolia and Crabapple bakery books and thought that this would have nothing new to offer, I was wrong!!!!
Split into four sections it has so many different recipes I gave into temptation eventually!!
Lighter Side of Decadance: features, Pear and Olive Oil, Granola and Yoghurt, Manuka Honey, Ginger Lemon, vegan Red Velvet, Lemon Coconut, Acai Berry Superfood, Mango Berry Swirl, Pumpkin Cinnamon, Blueberry White Chocolate, Cherry Chocolate, Vanilla Cherry Blossom, Passionfruit Meringue, Marmalade Mallow, and Gluten Free Orange Chocolate.
Over The Top: features, Caramel Biscotti, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Elvis (peanut butter and banana), Hi-Hat Marshamllow, S'mores, Butterscotch Pie, Chocolate Marshmallow, Cookie Dough, Dark Chocolate truffle, Pistachio Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut Praline, Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Sundae, Melted Bento, Caramel Apple Muesli, Pecan Pie, Vanilla Chocolate Rainbow, Rainbow Velvet, Macadamia White Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee, Toffee Apple, Salted Caramel, and Cinnamon Twist.
Lets Have a Cuppa: features, Masala Chai Tea, Cappuccino Wafer, Gingerbread Latte, Chocolate Matcha, Mint Hot Chocolate, Espresso Tiramisu, Boozy Fun, Cosmo, and Chocolate Baileys.
Finally Always Favourites: featuring, Carrot, Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana, Vanilla milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Lemon, Rocky Road, Vegan Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Milk, Strawbwrry, Coconut and Lime, Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate.
All of my favourites were in there, plus some new ones too.
This book gives recipes in both grams and american cup measurements. The majority of ingredients are English, although some US ones do sneak in such as marshmallow fluff and canned pumpkin puree. As a previous poster said these recipes make a considerable amount of batter and frosting, but I think they give finished numbers of cupcakes with the trend to make muffin sized cupcakes in mind, rather than the smaller 'fairy' size.
I also like that all recipes have a photo and most of the cupcakes have a filling in them. This mixed with some really different recipes mean I give this book 5/5
on 27 October 2015
I bought this book specifically for the creamcheese frosting, because nowhere else does it like Lola's- I've tried and tested red velvet frosting in so many places, and Lola's beats every one. As soon I bought this electronically, I attempted the red velvet cupcakes. I thought the pictures look great and the layout was ok; it didn't have extra pictures to show you how things should look as you go along. It would be easier to have titled sections on the contents page to locate recipes more easily. However, I later realised that this exists on some devices but not on my iPad which I find easier to use in the kitchen. I am giving this 3 stars because the creamcheese frosting recipe uses too much icing sugar that the frosting does not set, no matter how long it's in the fridge, and is too sloppy to pipe on the cupcakes. For another recipe with a mascarpone-based frosting, I used less icing sugar and the frosting was firm enough and tasted delicious. On the flipside, the cake recipes were spot on and tasted just like they do in their shops.