What's New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion Paperback – 5 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Called the cake whisperer by Gourmet, KAREN TACK is a cooking teacher and food stylist. Her work can be seen on the covers of Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman s Day, Martha Stewart Living, Parents, Real Simple, Nick Jr., and many others.
Fellow creator ALAN RICHARDSON has photographed dozens of best-selling cookbooks, and his work appears in many leading food and women's magazines. He is the coauthor of The Breath of a Wok, which won two coveted awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
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The ideas are fun and I enjoyed looking at them. The book is extremely US centric though, and I found it tedious to translate the ingredients into local equivalents. This is necessary for almost all ingredients except the flour!
In summary: Buy this book for fun ideas and inspiration only. Do not buy it if you want recipe ideas or prefer to follow instructions to the letter (that will only be possible in the US, with a significant $$ injection into ingredients).
P.S. If you are after a real cupcake recipe book I recommend 'Cupcakes: Over 80 Delicious Recipes for All Occasions and Tastes (Spiral-bound)' by Sue McMahon. Lots of fab recipes, in an easy to use book.
1) Great ideas
2) Good read, if you like reading cookbooks. Photos are good too.
1) Almost all the recipes call for sweets that you can't get in the UK. However, that just gives more impetus to think creatively, so can't dock a star for that.
2) The reason I have docked a star is the lack of recipes for frosting/icing. There are a few recipes at the back, but this is based entirely on US shop-bought frosting. If you are spending hours piping shuttlecock feathers out of white chocolate, or rolling out caramels and cutting into intricate shapes, it seems daft to not spend five minutes weighing out some butter and icing sugar etc...
On the whole though, it is a great little book.
I don't understand the bad reviews on here, they are right, a lot of the sweets used are American, but its an American book so what do you expect??
There are loads of alternatives that can be brought in the UK , just use your imagination.
There are some lovely ideas in the book, and I have been able to make most of the cupcakes.
Really great buy!
The book looked like so much fun I had to buy a copy for myself. It is a Must Buy! The best part is it can be used anywhere in the world as the recipes are based on ready made cake mixes. Therefore, no worrying about the different flours! Perfect activity for rainy days as some of the decorating is a little involved but a lot of fun and rewarding once complete. Also worth picking up the first book Hello, Cupcake. Apart from being fun to say the title, the number of ingenious are just too delicious to miss out on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! I just wish my baking creations could be as flawless as the ones I the book... :DPublished 17 months ago by Zainab Rhyman
Good book fast postage only negative is a lot of the things they use are american productsPublished 21 months ago by miss C E White