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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Spruce; First Edition edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840729961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840729962
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gail Wagman was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. but has lived in France for most of her adult life. She currently lives in the south of France where she opened a restaurant with her husband in a medieval village some 20 years ago. Le Micocoulier became one of the most popular restaurants in the Languedoc-Roussillon, famous for its fusion cooking and its wide variety of homemade desserts, Gail's specialty. She has co-authored a book for Spruce, Far Out, and continues to indulge her passion for baking and chocolate while working as a scientific translator and teacher. She is looking forward to introducing the cupcake as a new edible art form in France!

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The recipes are presented concisely and clearly with magnificent color photographs of the finished products.
Fatman
Even though a lot of the recipes look really good, I'm afraid to waste any more of my time and money trying out recipes that I could end up tossing in the garbage.
K. Shaw
The book covers basic recipes, kid creations, holiday inspired cupcakes, as well as elaborate and beautiful desserts that are sure to impress.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Shaw on June 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Being an avid baker, I was given this cookbook as a gift from a coworker, and I couldn't be more disappointed in the actual taste of these recipes. I've now tried four or five of them, and each batch has been inedible. I think I have LITERALLY thrown away every single batch (which is probably the only reason I am even writing this review). The first ones I tried, just a vanilla cupcake, I thought I had maybe done something wrong, so I made them AGAIN and the results were just as unfavorable. The cupcakes are dry and flavorless. Even though a lot of the recipes look really good, I'm afraid to waste any more of my time and money trying out recipes that I could end up tossing in the garbage.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ferry on November 19, 2006
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The cupcakes in this book seem to be geared for presentation, but they don't taste good. I would look at this book if you need ideas on decorating cupcakes, but would get the actual recipes elsewhere.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Fatman on May 4, 2006
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that the humble cupcake could be elevated to an art form. This is one of the most visually stunning (prepare to salivate copiously) collections of recipes I have ever seen. The recipes range from Grandma's favorites to wildly unusual inventions. Clearly Ms. Wagman is an artist, chemist and gourmet with an impressive dose of creative genius thrown in. I particularly appreciate the "cupcake tips" that are generously peppered throughout the book. There's nothing like learning how to do something from a pro. The recipes are presented concisely and clearly with magnificent color photographs of the finished products. There is something here for every occasion and every audience including a chapter of kid's cupcakes. Cupcake books are everywhere nowadays. This one is by far the best one I've seen. Your parties will never be the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aspenleaf on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I wanted to do something special for my young neighbors' birthday and surprise her with a freshly baked batch of cupcakes, so I bought this book and immediately got to work on the blueberry cream recipe. I followed the directions exactly and though the texture of the cupcakes was decent, the flavor was indescribable - nothing comparable to a moist, sweet, berry-flavor. The bland taste was more bread than cupcake, not to mention they came out from the oven an unappetizing hue of greenish blue. And the blueberry whipped-cream "frosting"? Again, flavorless. And worse was the texture that couldnt stay firm enough to deliver intact on a plate to my neighbor, not that I would ever subject her to these glorified dog-biscuits on her special day.
After this failed batch, I acknowledged the possibility that the recipe was a casualty of my beginner-level baking skills, so I tried my hand at the chocolate-hazelnut cakes. These were even worse. Again the cake itself was plain, and they were too crumbly to remove from the pan. The extra nutella I slathered atop them was the only saving grace here - it masked the crumble, and the taste.
In summation, the pictures are gorgeous, but the cakes themselves are subpar. Save your money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gina on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am an avid baker. I have read and tested many recipes. I tested one recipe for the Root Beer Float cupcakes from Cupcakes Galore by Gail Wagman. The cupcakes fell into themselves during the second half of baking. The end result was a greasy, flavorless, floury, unevenly cooked mess. My ovens are calibrated so I know it wasn't anything I did. My belief is in this particular recipe the flour should have been increased and sugar reduced. Either way one should not have to second guess the recipes in any book. To test another recipe from this book after reading other reviews once my first attempt failed would be a waste of time.

The recipes seemed very easy and user-friendly. This book while the first part is beautifully photographed, is just that. The second half by the way leaves much to be desired in the food styles department. The photos are sloppy of sloppy looking cupcakes. All this aside, I did get this book for half price, which took some of the sting out of throwing it out with the batch of cupcakes a little easier to take.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy on February 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have tried 4 recipes from Cupcakes Galore and I am now convinced that I must stop! As a semi-pro home baker I use high quality ingredients (organic eggs, Irish butter, top shelf liquor) and my results have been consistently disappointing to the point where I am throwing away most of every batch. Each recipe has been bland or one-dimensional. I can appreciate the lack of cloying sweetness--these aren't doctored cake mixes--but I cannot get past the unpleasant texture of all the cupcakes. A heavy cake with a coarse crumb seems to be Wagman's preference, which doesn't work well in a small package. These recipes seem to be more suited for rustic loaf or bundt-style coffee cakes. I love to tinker with recipes, but hers all need more time than I am willing to invest to produce results. I'll keep the book around for the photographs because I like her decorating style, but I am now convinced her recipes aren't for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kiwanissandy VINE VOICE on January 28, 2008
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This cookbook is quite pretty, pictures are lovely, nice glossy pages but....
the recipes are just plain and often awful. Like many of the other reviews these are tasteless recipes. Most of them the amount of time and cost to icing 24 individual cupcakes you could just purchase them at a bakery and save yourself hours worth of work. The Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow cupcake just calls for making dark chocolate cupcakes (which were way too dry) and then toasting marshmallows and putting them on top as the icing. What?!
If you need a cupcake cookbook purchase the Cake Doctor Cupcakes by Anne Byrn. It's well worth the money, this cookbook is not. Just go to the library and borrow it because you will want to return it afterward.
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