Synopses & Reviews
The cupcake is Americas darling. Its celebrated in upscale bakeries, on Sex in the City
, on the cover of Gourmet
, and in thou-sands of classrooms—where every day, it seems, a parent has sent in a batch for the kids to share. The very word conjures up whimsy, coziness, pleasure, nostalgia. Not to mention the fact that their diminutive size means you can eat a lot of them.
Once upon a time, a family had only two recipes for cupcakes—chocolate and vanilla. Not anymore. Now Anne Byrn brings them to the next level. And who better? Recognized as the master of cake-mix baking, Anne is the author of The Cake Mix Doctor and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor, which have a total of over 1.8 million copies in print. In Cupcakes she offers 135 tempting recipes for children and grown-ups, for special days and everyday, lunch bags, holiday festivities, and an unexpected dinner party dessert.
Youll never believe these artful little cakes started with a mix. Coconut Snowballs, Jelly Doughnut Cupcakes, Kiss Me Cakes, Warm Chocolate Cupcakes with Molten Centers, Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting. There are surprising additions (tuck a chocolate kiss orpiece of cookie dough into the batter). Creative toppings and easy from-scratch frostings (whipped cream spiked with Kahlua; miniature M&Ms; a creamy malted frosting with crushed malted milk balls).Terrific decorating ideas, from glittering golden dragees or elegant chocolate curls to yellow peeps for an Easter cupcake or—for Groundhogs Day—a groundhogs face made out of chocolate frosting and jimmies. Includes a 16-page full-color opening essay.
"From chocolate ganache to toppings with panache, this latest addition to the Cake Mix Doctor canon offers creative ideas and 135 recipes for tiny, delicious cakes. The detailed table of contents and alluring cupcake likenesses in the opening assemblage of photos will have readers salivating. The Cupcakes with Class chapter offers tasty elegance, from Cappuccino Chip to Harvey Wallbanger (which contains vodka and liqueur). Kids' cupcakes range from Cotton Candy to Caterpillar, and priorities delightfully in place, Byrn provides party-planning suggestions for favors and activities that complement the cupcakes. Helpful hints abound via 'The Cupcake Doctor Says' tidbits, which appear throughout the book, and mini-essays that ponder questions such as 'What's a Muffin? What's a Cupcake?' The Muffins: Breakfast Cupcakes chapter suggests ways to move beyond the classic blueberry (though Byrn offers a new take on that standby, too); Cupcake Cousins and Cupcake Creations will give do-it-yourselfers the confidence to try making fancy desserts in muffin tins. Fans of the regular QVC guest will already know that homemade frostings are a must, 'the strand of pearls setting off the classic little black dress.' Recipes for creams, glazes, frostings and sauces will help cupcake chefs 'experiment and enjoy.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Cupcake magic...Cupcakes are celebratory, cupcakes are comforting, cupcakes are peel-back-the-paper and tickle-your-inner-child treats that elicit smiles wherever they appear.
But leave it to bestselling cookbook author Anne Byrn to take cupcakes to the next level. Proving that cupcakes can do everything a big cake can do, only better, here are 135 dazzling recipes —and you'll never believe they started with a mix.
A cupcake cornucopia with delightful treats, from satisfying classics to inventive, new ideas.
A giant collection of cupcakes from the classic to the contemporary
What could be better than a cupcake? How about 150 cupcakes? In this new cupcake compendium from Better Homes and Gardens, you'll find tons of creative recipes and decorations for everyone's favorite little treat. From traditional cupcakes to fancy new ideas, you'll find a cupcake here for any and every occasion, from tried-and-true favorites to creatively decorated designs for celebrations and holidays. Beautiful full-color photos accompany every recipe while an entire section on cupcake basics covers simple recipes, converting cakes to cupcakes, and cupcake decorating tools and techniques.
- Includes 150 diverse and delightful cupcake recipes
- 200 beautiful full-color photographs offer plenty of inspiration and how-to instructions
- Features fun and informative tips and sidebars throughout
- Covers special occasion cupcakes for birthdays, showers, holidays, and more
For anyone who loves cupcakes, this delicious cupcake cookbook offers tasty treats for any and every occasion.
About the Author
ANNE BYRN is known to millions of fans through her Cake Mix Doctor
and Dinner Doctor
cookbooks, which she's promoted in more than 200 television appearances on Good Morning America
, Roker on the Road
, and local stations. She is also a favorite subject for lifestyle editors in newspapers across the country. Anne lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and three children. You can visit her online at&
Table of Contents
Cupcakes 101 (p. 4)
Mastering the art of the cupcake, from mixing the batter to frosting and decorating. The pans, the pantry, and all you need to know to tote cupcakes to school functions, potlucks, and family reunions.
Cupcakes with Class (p. 22)
No one outgrows the love of cupcakes. Rich in sophisticated flavors, these are the desserts to serve at your most elegant dinner party: Warm Chocolate Cupcakes with Molten Centers, Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes, Fresh Pear and Gingerbread Cupcakes with a Creamy Lemon Frosting, and Coconut Snowballs.
Cupcakes for Kids (p. 94)
Loaded with kid appeal, these cupcakes are irresistible no matter what your age is. Try Butterfly Cupcakes with Pastel Frostings, Pineapple Banana Smoothie Cupcakes, Buried Treasure Cakes, Peanut butter Surprises, and A Cupcake Zoo, or one of the many other treats in this chapter.
Celebration Cupcakes (p. 170)
Special occasions deserve the most festive cupcakes. make Strawberry Rose Cakes for Valentine's Day, Fireworks Confetti Cupcakes for the Fourth of July, Pilgrims' Hats for Thanksgiving, and adorable Snowman Cupcakes for the winter holiday season.
Muffins: Breakfast Cupcakes (p. 220)
Freshly baked, warm muffins make a delicious sart to the day, and this chapter has plenty of favorites, both sweet and savory: Blueberry Yogurt Streusel Muffins, Butter Pecan Banana Muffins, Easy Granola Muffins, and Green Chile and Corn Mini Muffins, to name a few.
Cupcake Cousins (p. 272)
Desserts with cupcake aspirations: Mini Strawberry Trifles, Fresh Raspberry Cream Cakes, Little Chocolate Bar Cakes, and Mini Créme Brûlées—all made in a cupcake pan.
Cupcake Creations (p. 296)
When is a cupcake not a cupcake? When it becomes part of a wreath or a wedding cake or an artist's palette or a bouquet. With the right decorations, cupcakes can be used to form a magical centerpiece for any party.
Frostings and Glazes (p. 316)
A cupcake just isn't a cupcake without that final touch—a pretty swirl of homemade frosting or glaze. There are twenty-five to choose from, including Chocolate and malted Milk Buttercreams, Creamy Lemonade, Butterscotch Maple, and Caramel Pan Frostings. And an easy Basic Chocolate Ganache. What could be better?