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Cupcake Recipes Books

Cupcake recipes books reviews with easy to make and special decorations:


Cupcake Recipes Books below contain some wonderful designs that are easy to bake and make wonderful gifts or snacks. They are often called buns, iced or frosted buns or fairy cakes. They make delicious treats and can be easily decorated with icing (frosting) or other toppings such as dried fruit or nuts to make special patterns and many flavours.

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.

Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.

Special Cupcakes

Special Cupcakes, written by Wendy Sweetser is beautifully presented with easy to follow icing ideas. The photography by food photographer Ian Garlick compliments each one to demonstrate they will look as you follow them. There are over 50 to bake and enjoy. The author also gives ideas for presents to help you share the joy.

The opening chapter of has a history which includes the TV programme Sex and the City where the two characters of Carrie and Miranda enjoy the fashion of them and the first mention of them in a cookbook. We found the section about the origins of these special single person cakes after the First World War of particular interest. This chapter includes a guide to the equipment needed to bake and decorate with icing with a range of toppings. This includes paper case sizes.

cupcake photo The simple cupcake recipe is included in the basic section, making this an ideal book for the beginner. This includes how to test if they are cooked and then adding simple flavours, toppings and colours to decorate. The reader is guided to the next stage of presenting them in decorative boxes, cellophane bags and ribbons as gifts such as for a birthday. Now the fun begins and even the most experienced baker will learn something new as Wendy Sweetser moves on to the many ways to decorate other than a simple vanilla one. This unique feature of the book thinks of every special occasion and provides ideas. So for example for Halloween we see a colourful Halloween pumpkin and ginger one with decorative pumpkins, witches hats and spiders as decoration. A charming chick sits atop the Easter one whilst the Christmas cupcake recipes range from toppings of homemade marzipan fruits, snowmen, reindeer, Santa Claus, Christmas tree, presents, stockings, etc. A delightful section describes how to make a Christmas tree display that can be sat on the lunch table and eaten after the meal or can form the centrepiece for a buffet.

It recognise that not everyone can enjoy them and the healthy cupcake recipes section has homemade cupcake recipes for those who have to avoid eggs, dairy products, fat or sugar for health or lifestyle reasons.

There is a leaning towards America but this is soon overcome when you learn that frosting is icing and that readers are only limited by their imagination. So whilst the Independence Day cranberry with maple and baby shower ones looks delicious UK readers could substitute the frost topping with their flag colours and emblem of choice. This is the wonderful thing about this subject; one soon gives ideas for another. What may start out as an easy chocolate cupcake recipe soon develops into a wonderful edible work of art. Wendy Sweetser helps the reader's imagination by adding handy tips which include alternative toppings and how to avoid curdling when using alcohol.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Children will love the animal faces toppings such as the elephant using marzipan or sugarpaste. Some might think that thess are just for girls but boys may love the pig or the ugly bug ones.

There is a feel of romance about them and they do make loving gifts. The romantic section, such as the St Valentines section is ideal for those celebrating the 14 February, a wedding anniversary or an engagement.

Good ideas include using the butterfly fairy cake as an almond and white chocolate kiss or icing a love heart and arrow with the couple's initials.

We thoroughly recommend Special Cupcakes above others for its wonderful recipes, ease of reading and stunning photos. It was published by New Holland Publishers, London, 2011.

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