I was excited to buy this book. When I saw both this one and the small one, I had to buy them. Big mistake. I love cupcakes and muffins and am not bad at all just using random recipes from the net. So, I started with the banana one. The cupcakes didn't raise, the textures were odd. Now, I contacted the bakery through facebook to ask about tips or maybe an advise and realized that I wasn't the only one experiencing problems. So, in a tone that seemed defensive, Hummingbird would answer the same to us all: go to this page were there are plenty of answers for those having troubles. Well, I tried 4 of the recipes. And what a waste of money (ingredients in Norway are extra expensive) and time. Not to mention de disappointment because when you have guests and they expect a good dessert after dinner (I am known for savory desserts) and you have rock hard cupcakes that are too bad to be served. So, in total, about 30 something pounds to the garbage. Don't buy these books, they are terrible. There is something wrong with the recipes. I have the now, as decoration, because the cover is pretty.