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

Dede Wilson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From kid-friendly recipes, such as Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (Fourth of July) and Hairy Spider Cupcakes (Halloween), to more sophisticated adult recipes, such as Champagne Cupcakes (New Year?s Eve) and Irish Coffee Cupcakes (St. Patrick?s Day), A Baker?s Field Guide to Cupcakes has the perfect recipe for every occasion. Each of the 60 easy-to-make recipes is accompanied by a beautiful photograph and organized by holiday in calendar order, including recipes for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, graduations, baby showers, office parties, picnics, and more. And with 15 master recipes for batters and frostings on which the recipes are built, each batch of perfectly delectable cupcakes can be personalized according to taste.

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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 3661 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1558323236
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (August 15, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner February 12, 2008
By ThomasJ
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick! November 6, 2006
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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun in a little package March 28, 2008
By M. Lynn
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cupcakes 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Baking Book February 22, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars eating the cupcakes right now! January 18, 2011
By Reader
While I definitely enjoy the fun 'decorating' part of this book, I have to say that I purchased it just as much for the cake recipes themselves, and I haven't been dissapointed. There are so many other great book reviews, I figured I didn't have anything to add. However, last night I made the Caramel Apple Cupcakes and they are so delicious. (Okay, I confess, I'm eating a couple as I type!) I also have to admit they were time consuming...but worth it! The sour cream batter created just the taste and texture cupcake I expected. Just a bit lighter than a muffin, but great for a brunch too. I actually like that there are master cake and frosting recipes provided so that once you're familiar with them, the specific decorated cupcakes are just variations. (As an aside, I purchased another cake book with one mix and many variations, but, unfortunately, the one batter just wasn't as good as this author's batters.)

This is of course a cupcake book, so I'm not going to complain, but it did cross my mind that it would be helpful to have other pan/baking time options mentioned. (because the batter is that good) However, I can figure that out from other cake books. I really appreciated the general information section which included cupcake specifics. I don't think any of my other books discuss liners vs. no liners and peaked vs. flat-topped cupcakes. The tips provided within the individual cupcake pages were helpful as well. For example, for the fruit topped cupcakes, the approximate amount of fruit needed to top each one (x blueberries, etc.) is provided - good to know ahead of time!

The decorations range from simple (candy) to elaborate (handcrafted flowers using decorating tips), so if time is an issue, one could focus on either the batter or the decorating. Either way, I think this book is a good combination of baking and decorating ideas.

Please note that I have the spiral edition. (another nice feature!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! August 25, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas May 12, 2007
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I have learned so much from this book
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. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alicia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good master recipes
Loved the master recipes. Probably won't use the decorative cupcake ideas but they provided a starting place for the creative process.
Published 20 months ago by Tammy Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!
This is the third book of Ms. Wilson's I have purchased: her chocolate truffle book, Wedding Cakes You Can Make and just recently, this great book. Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Happy Cooker
1.0 out of 5 stars Best cupcake is on the front cover!
This book was filled with many unattractive cupcake designs. I expected more based on what was pictured on the cover and was seriously disappointed. Buy another book!
Published on June 20, 2011 by Michelle, Melbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Recipes and Easy Format
Anyone who has read Dede Wilson's baking books will know the recipes will come out just as expected. Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by Succotash
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I am very pleased with the cookbook. I was looking for ideas for my daughter's wedding and bridal shower. Read more
Published on June 17, 2009 by L. A. Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cupcake Instructions
I had recently checked this book out at the library and never in my life have I loved every page of a cupcake book. Read more
Published on June 30, 2008 by D. Best
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Recipes didn't work and neither did some of the tips for the frostings. Very disappointed in the size of the book with few recipes.

Published on April 29, 2008 by Silvana
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring
This book has tons of ideas for decorating for basically every holiday and occasion you can imagine. I have tried a few of the receipes and got such great reviews.
Published on November 27, 2007 by S. Frost
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