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A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes: Deliciously Decorated Crowd Pleasers for Parties and Holidays (Baker's FG) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

DEDE WILSON is the host of the public television cooking show Seasonings with Dede Wilson, the author of numerous cookbooks including the Baker's Field Guide series, and a contributing editor to Bon Appetit. Keep up with her books and appearances at dedewilson.blogspot.com.

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  • File Size: 3661 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1558323236
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (August 15, 2006)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2006
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEIFSC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dede Wilson is a popular food writer and television personality with her own public television show, Seasonings with Dede Wilson, in wide distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada. An additional show, The Holiday Table, began airing in Fall 2006 and will run through 2009; the 90-minute Holiday Pledge Special that she produced for PBS in 2005 was re-broadcast throughout the holiday season in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Wilson has been a spokesperson for KitchenAid, making frequent live and televised appearances around the country for KitchenAid products. She is also a prolific cookbook author and a contributing editor for Bon Appetit magazine. Wilson has appeared on all the major TV networks, and has been invited frequently to appear on shows including Today, The View, and Live with Regis and Kelly. She has also appeared on QVC to sell her cookbooks, has been featured on Bon Appetit podcasts, and makes personal appearances at Bon Appetit events around the country. Currently she hosts a monthly Bon Appetit segment on the CBS's Early Show.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ThomasJ on February 12, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I don't know what that one-star reviewer is talking about. I had never baked cupcakes before. Bought this book and immediately began baking cupcakes and they turned out wonderful. It's not going to make you an expert decorator overnight, but the basic master recipes are solid, and the methodology is top notch. Very light, fluffy batter. Very tasty. Highly recommended to anyone just starting out and looking for a solid foundation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 6, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Other books have been written about cupcakes - but this streamlines the baking process, using fifteen 'master' cake recipes for cake batters and frostings and teaching how to customize and build upon them. Also unique here are 'theme' ideas for New Year 'Champagne' cupcakes or Mother's Day Breakfast-in-Bed Cupcakes: indeed, it's these themes and decoration ideas that give Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes a unique twist and a flair for the unusual, with color photos throughout. A top pick!

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jean M. Enright on January 5, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book especially the creativity of the cupcakes. I made several (key lime, lemon merigue, orange) and got rave reviews when I brought them to work. You must like to bake if you use this book. A lot of the recipes have multiple parts of preparation. Also, after making the first batch of the author's recipe for the cupcakes themselves I decided to use my own cake recipes as I found that the ones in the book to be on the dry side and more complicated than cupcakes needed to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Lynn on March 28, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This small book is packed with a fantastic assortment of cupcake decorating ideas. I found that a couple were way too involved and time consuming for most home bakers, but for the vast majority of the recipes this book is perfect to dress up a holiday or birthday (or just a rainy weekend!). Overall this is a great addition to any baker's bookshelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Liggett on February 22, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I've always wanted to decorate cakes or cupcakes so when my boyfriend bought me this book for Christmas, I was thrilled. At first I hoped there would be more decorating ideas but I realized how valuable the recipes for cake and frosting were. My friends love the cupcakes I make and I love the brownie cupcakes. This book gives you tips to make the recipes your own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
I purchased 2 of this title and gave one as a gift. I enjoyed the basic instructions (recipes and types of cup cake pans and icing techniques) as well as all of the recipes and pictures. I will make several items from this book the next time I want to make cupcakes. I may even use the recipes for cakes; they sound so good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Torre on May 12, 2007
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I love the pictures in this book. Awesome ideas! Very clear instructions on what is needed to create top of cupcake. Spiral bound, which stays open while you're working.

But I'm a woman on the move and didn't go for the cupcake recipes themselves, I just used boxed cake mix. Which worked out fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on May 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this cook book several years ago when the cupcake craze began in my area. I was a brand new baker at the time, and completely clueless to anything from flour type to pans. I honestly learned a lot about baking in general from this book. I appreciate that Dede opens her books with lots of information on recommendations for the proper products to use (from flour to pans and spatulas) and tips on the type of ingredients to use. For example, she mentions you always want to use full fat versions of things like milk and cream cheese. Coming from a health conscious household, I never thought of using anything but nonfat, but it DOES make a difference!

Her book is extremely organized. She provides core recipes for cakes and frostings in the front, and then the rest of her book is filled with fun themed cupcakes, all which are variations on her core recipes listed in the front. Also, several people have already mentioned the amazing spiral binding, but I love it too, so I had to mention it!

The most important thing in a cook book is consistency. As a cook or baker, you expect that recipes to come out right if you follow all of the directions completely. With this book, I have had excellent results EVERY time. This is ALWAYS the first book I consult when making cupcakes.

Some of my favorites include:
Red Velvet (the cream cheese frosting is to die for)
Brownie Cupcakes
Turtle Cupcakes
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