Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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'I defy anyone to find a better cupcake.' --Jude Law
'This is an utterly enchanting book.' --Nigella Lawson
'There is no better place in London to get cupcakes.' --Evening Standard. 'Contentment is a cupcake away. The best ideas and instructions are in this lovely fingerlicking book.' --Fay Maschler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas founded the Primrose Bakery in 2004 in Primrose Hill. Little did these two working mothers know that they were soon to be creating the most sought-after cupcakes in London. Today, the Primrose Bakery supplies Selfridges Food Hall, Fortnum and Mason, Tom's Deli, and Fresh & Wild as well as an impressive list of private clients, such as Jude Law, Kate Moss, Paul Smith, and Madonna. The Primrose Bakery made cupcakes for Sir Elton John's 60th birthday, the British Music Awards, and UK Fashion Week.
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are all easy to follow, though some of them are a bit more complicated than what I've used before for cupcakes but the results are well worth the extra effort. A note about the recipes though, I followed them to the letter and got slightly different results than what the book leads you to expect (the chocolate cupcake recipe explains that the mix may resemble batter and might be easier to pour into cases from a jug rather than spoon, I found it to be very stiff actually and more like a chocolate mousse!)The result was THE BEST EVER chocolate cupcake though so I'm not worrying! Also estimations on the ammount the recipe makes varies quite a bit but generally you get more than you were expecting so who can complain! The chocolate cupcake recipe states 16 standard cakes but I got 16 very generously filled large muffin cases. The same with the banana and chocolate muffins, states 12 standard, I got 16 large muffin size.
All in all an EXCELLENT book and well worth the money. Order it now, you will not be disappointed!
I read previous reviews about dense or heavy sponge and to a certain extent I agree. There seems to be a bit of a battle between The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and this one. I own both books and as far as I can see the main difference between them is that the Primrose Bakery book uses the creaming method (and no baking powder) to make the mixture rise whereas the Hummingbird bakery favour the all in one method (using baking powder). I think the omission of baking powder is the reason the primrose Bakery's cakes are slightly heavy, so all I do is add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to the mix and the cakes are perfect. I bake, on average, 2 batches of cupcakes from this book every fortnight to take into work and have always had favourable reports and they certainly disappear very quickly.
Another tip I would give is that the icing amounts are very generous so if you are just spreading the icing with a knife you will probably have enough if you halve the mixture. I ice the buttercream with an icing bag and nozzle for a more professional finish. This uses more buttercream but even so I still have some buttercream left over. I have found that the more you use this book, the more comfortable you become with the recipes and you can tweak them to your own tastes. All in all, this is one book I reach for time and again in the kitchen.
1) Invest in a electric mixer will make light work of mixing the mixture.
2) When putting the butter icing on be careful how much you spread on the top otherwise like me you will end up with a 1cm thick layer of icing on top.
3) Don't make same mistake has me and buy quality vanilla extract which has tiny bits of vanilla seed in so you end up with tiny tiny dots of black in your cakes.
4) Buy quality vanilla extract not that cheap one in a bottle for 59p, has it won't add that sweet vanilla taste.
5) You may need to leave your cakes in oven for little longer if they are not golden brown, and make sure when you gently press the top of cake that pop back up if not leave a little longer in the oven.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book, it's my second copy as my puppy enjoyed chewing my last one and so wanted the book again.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had this bought at Christmas and am thrilled with it. The photographs are stunning and there are some unusual flavours of cupcakes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linda
I bought this as a present for a friend who is just starting to bake and she loves it.Published 5 months ago by Emily
I love the Primrose bakery and I definitely recommend this book. A lot of recipes with good instructions!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nice book. Present idea - buy this book and put inside a day's introductory baking at the Primrose Bakery - brownie points:)Published 6 months ago by Glen
Prompt delivery. Made 2 recipes already. The chocolate cupcakes were divine. "Taste like clouds" to quote a friend. Can't wait to try the rest of the recipes.Published 7 months ago by mumof5