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500 Cupcakes: The Only Cupcake Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Cooking (Sellers)) Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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This is not a "what makes a cupcake a cupcake and not a muffin" issue but there were actually a few chapters devoted to muffin recipes. Dozens of them. Which is well and good, I enjoy a good muffin but I was expecting a cupcake book.
Another bit of oddness was how many of the actual cupcake recipes were savory. To me, this makes several of them, in actuality, muffins. These were in addition to all of the actual muffin recipes.
There were also few icing recipes and many of the cupcakes were not supposed to be iced. Which raises the question: when a cupcake is a flavor like rhubarb and you are not icing it, is it a cupcake or a muffin?
Now, there were some good points, all of the recipes are fairly easy and contain few unusual or hard to find ingredients. There were also a few cupcake recipes for those with dietary concerns, for example, vegan or gluten free.
All in all, it is an affordable book ($10) with lots of ideas for cupcakes and muffins. Just don't buy it thinking you will end up with 500 different cupcake recipes.
I saw this book at Barnes & Noble and had been baking cupcakes for the local farmer's markets. This seemed like a wonderful idea... 500 cupcake recipes, interesting flavors, many seemed like they'd be wonderful.
However, when I got home with the book, I noticed that nearly every recipe excluded milk, water, buttermilk, etc. There were not enough liquids to make the mix into a (cup)cake batter. Instead, it was the consistency of a cookie dough, much too thick for your basic cake batter. Nonetheless, I persisted, thinking that the author knew what they were writing about. The cupcakes (2 different types) turned out so dry that you had to have a drink or you'd choke on them.
Honestly, I think most readers of this "compendium" would agree that the basic vanilla recipe has been altered in many ways. It is obvious that the flawed vanilla recipe was copied and pasted into every other recipe, but the original was flawed, and thus so were all the rest. Please don't buy this book. I am rarely displeased in a purchase and I actually ended up taking this book back to B&N. Instead, try 125 Best Cupcake Recipes or Crazy About Cupcakes. I've tried about 10 total recipes from both and all have worked out beautifully with repeat customers at the farmer's markets. Happy Baking!
I also take issue with "the only cupcake compendium you'll ever need" bit. The recipes are good, but they are also geared toward the beginning baker -- simple but dummyproof. Other cookbooks I own have a lot more work and sometimes unsuccesful, but there's a huge difference in taste.
Still, it's recommended -- you can't go wrong with the Chocolate Mud cupakes, and dozens of the recipes are surefire winners. This book is definitely more about making quick and beautiful cupcakes than getting the perfect recipe. I'm glad I own it, but I think most cake lovers will graduate on to bigger and better recipes kind of quickly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little book. All kinds of regular recipes and unique ones as well.Published 5 months ago by Caroline Thomas
This book has a lot of recipes but a lot
Of them are one I wouldn't make like the sugar free ones with I was disappointed. But it shipped pretty fast and it's not the pricey
I havent received the book yet but Iam very anxious to receive the cupcake cookbook. We are bakers at heart in my family and Iam excitted to try the different types of cupcakes.Published on March 24, 2013 by Katherine S. Casper
sister liked this book alot, I also did. I bought it as a gift to her. bought it used and it was in nice shape.Published on March 10, 2013 by Cindy
I needed recipes for my daughters babyshower as she wanted cupcakes. So I purchased this book found some awesome recipes and so am pleased with my purchase.Published on February 3, 2013 by Linda Springer
Very happy with book, cute cover, lots of recipes to choose from savory and sweet don't know where to start. Delivered quickly, thanks.Published on January 23, 2012 by Milly
I've been given this book as a gift on three different occasions, probably because it's such a cute little book about something seemingly impossible to mess up - cupcakes! Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by S. Woodward