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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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"Ah the cupcake--for those who forego the conventional cake route, it's the next best thing. With alluring photography and easy ingredient and instruction listings, it makes even a non-baker want to test the waters. Look for and laugh at the Eggy Cupcakes while coveting the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes. This cookbook delivers with a cupcake for every occasion including variations on every recipe giving you loads of options. You might whine that you have nothing to wear in your closet, but in the litchen, you'll never run out of cupcake ideas. Recipe Goldmine: A++ Kitchen Credibility: A-" --On-The-Town Magazine, July 2006

About the Author

Author Fergal Connolly is a chef and food stylist in London. Fergal studied culinary arts at Scotland s Abertay University and has worked at restaurants throughout Europe and the United States. Fergal has worked on UK food magazines such as Delicious and BBC Good Food. He has also worked on the Silvana Franco High Low series of cookbooks (BBC Books) and has been a food stylist for television commercials and programs. Fergal tested all the recipes for 500 Cookies, also published by Ronnie Sellers. This is his first book.

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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Cooking (Sellers)
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc. (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569065977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569065976
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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186 of 204 people found the following review helpful By cheesefairy on March 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book today, and even though I haven't made any of the cupcakes yet, I wanted to post this review to make you aware of a few things when you're thinking of whether to buy this book. First, the majority of the recipes require self-rising flour. I don't know about you, but hardly any of the recipes in my other cookbooks require self-rising flour so either I have to buy it or convert these recipes when I use my all purpose flour, which is slightly annoying. Second, two chapters are muffin recipes. He considers muffins to be a subset of cupcakes. I consider cupcakes and muffins to be two different things. Finally, as noted in the editor's description of the book, each recipe has 3 variations (like changing the type of fruit or extract or type of chips from the main recipe). I'm assuming he's counting the variations towards the 500 total. That doesn't bother me, but maybe it matters to you. Knowing all that, I think I still would have bought this book since it's relatively inexpensive, although I would have thought about it longer. The reason why I would have still bought it is because there are many color pictures of the cupcakes, and there are a wide variety of recipes. We'll see how the recipes work when I have a chance to try them.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By R. Rappaport on October 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Yesterday I received my long awaited copy of 500 Cupcakes (billed as "The Only Cupcake Compendium You'll Ever Need") from Amazon. Now, 500 cupcakes is a lot, and I figured a fair amount of them would be variations on each other (ie. base recipes with several variations) but what I didn't expect was that many of the "cupcakes" would be in fact, muffins.

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.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Charity A. Clark on June 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Beware of other reviews! Notice that many are only excited to *begin* trying recipes, very few actually have tried them.

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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Crocker on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My husband bought this as a gift for me since I LOVE CUPCAKES! I have never baked anything that didn't come from a box, so I was excited to try it. We have tried a few of the recipes and the only suggestion I have is to use cake flour instead of the flours they recommend. When we followed the recipes exactly, the cupcakes didn't seem to be as fluffy as boxed cakes. However, once someone told me to try the cake flour, it made a huge difference. I recommend this book because of the varieties and its is cute too :) PS: I don't like the 500 Cookies book as much.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Danette Beitra on August 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited to get this book, and I was very disappointed. So far, I have made 4 different recipes, and they have all come out so dry that they had to be thrown out! The pictures aren't big enough, and there aren't enough to begin with. All it has is one ingredient variations to make it "count" as another of the 500 recipes....Oh...and they aren't all cupcakes....most are muffins....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Suh on September 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There really aren't "500 recipes" in this book -- a lot of recipes they say "take the base and change it slightly" to get a new flavor, which is fine. But then there's an entire chapter on "special occasion" cupcakes for birthdays, Christmas, etc. that all use the same base cupcake recipe, but uses different color frostings and somehow that makes it a "different" cupcake to add to the total.

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.
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