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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781906868086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906868086
  • ASIN: 1906868085
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Swift and Thomas of London's popular Primrose Bakery usher readers behind the counter to share their recipes for cupcake success, with dependable results. After offering a handful of basic recipes for vanilla, chocolate, lemon and carrot cupcakes, the bakers offer six buttercream frostings (standard vanilla and chocolate as well as coffee, lime and coconut, orange cream cheese and lemon) that the form building blocks for the rest of the collection. Little more than variations on a theme, many of the duo's recipes employ either a twist on a frosting (chocolate liqueur) or the cake itself (Earl Grey tea, malted milk, etc.), with a selection of "special occasion" cupcakes (for events like christenings, anniversaries, and birthday parties) that merely suggests decorating ideas like jimmies and plastic cake toppers. While their photography and style is eye-catching and their recipes perfectly acceptable, Swift and Thomas offer few surprises; novices interested in testing the frosted waters will find this a practical collection, but experienced cupcakers (bakers and consumers both) will likely be disappointed.
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These are simple, classic cakes, expertly executed and presented with Primrose's own quirky sensibility. The coffee and walnut cake--yes, they go beyond cupcakes--comes with icing only on top and between layers, leaving the sides rough and doughy. The peppermint cupcakes, dolloped with spearmint-colored buttercream and red-and-white-swirled candies, look straight out of Whoville. And we might just take to topping our cream cheese icing with grated orange zest after seeing how beautifully the authors dusted their carrot cupcakes with citrus-y flecks. --Bon Appetit, May 3, 2010

Multiple batches of the authors' recipe for vanilla cupcakes -- topped with super-sugary chocolate buttercream or vanilla buttercream frostings -- delighted crowds, including office guinea pigs, er, colleagues. Another sugar high: unusual cupcake varieties such as Earl Grey and Amaretto. --Washington Post, Express Night Out, May 19, 2010

Highly recommended for libraries that are looking for an advanced cupcake book--chefs will find plenty of party ideas. --Library Journal, starred review

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I've made several recipes and have loved every one of them.
Rachel M. Candelaria
This is a beautifully written book on making and decorating cupcakes with great instructions and lots of pictures to go by.
Etta Breault
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys baking simple but beautiful cupcakes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GenXmom on January 9, 2011
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This is seriously one of the very best cookbooks for baking cupcakes that I have ever purchased. One of my daughters loves to bake and decorate cupcakes, and found this book at our local library. Once I looked through it, I knew it was a book I had to buy. It was written by two moms from the U.K., and the recipes are simple, and wholesome, yet the finished products have a stylish look to them. I love the photographs in this book, they are very "vintage", and really accentuate the beautiful simplicity of the baked goods. The book came in pristine condition, as have all of the books I have ordered directly from Amazon. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys baking simple but beautiful cupcakes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Casseri on November 29, 2010
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I baked the strawberry cupcakes right away and served them at my brother's wedding. They are fabulous! Recipes use good, natural ingredients...nothing artificial here. Simple and pretty designs for the cupcakes too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Khan on May 2, 2011
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Initially I bought this book because of all the pretty pictures. I've tried most of the recipes and I loved all of them; only the carrot cupcake didn't come out as well as I had hoped. The recipes are simple and uses natural ingredients that I usually have around the house. So I always find myself reaching for the book for a sweet treat as it doesn't require much prior planning & no fear of potential cupcake hazards. I made the Ovaltine cupcakes for my little brother's holiday party,their faces were worth seeing when I told them I used my brother's Ovaltine to make it. The frosting recipes are great also; this was the first buttercream recipe I tried and came out perfect. I have never actually been to Primrose Bakery but the cupcakes reminded me of cupcakes I usually pick up from Magnolia Bakery in New York. I would highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David R. Stroh on September 19, 2010
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This book is a must if you love cupcakes. The book is packed with great information that is very easy to understand and quick to read. There are tons of photographs which make this cupcake book all the more inspiring. I have seriously use this book several time a week since I received it. My family loves it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Reaves on March 3, 2012
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I've made several cupcake and frosting combinations from this book, and they've all turned out wonderfully. Thank you to the bakers for clear instructions and great tips. I do want to ask...what's up with referencing page numbers in the recipes when the book does not have any page numbers?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.H. on March 30, 2011
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I first saw this book at Anthropologie and was very tempted to buy it at full price. But then I decided to check through my phone if Amazon had it too, and loo and behold, of course they did! And for almost half the price! I immediately ordered it when I got home that night.

It arrived pretty quickly. This book offers some basic staple recipes for cupcakes (such as the chocolate cupcake, strawberry cupcake, lemon cupcake) as well as a lot of ideas for decorating and combining flavors of cupcakes and frosting. I also like that this book gives some basic tips and guidelines on how to make a good batter and how to frost a cupcake. This is a great gift idea for a novice baker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BJA on February 2, 2013
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I was looking for a new cupcake recipe book and stumbled on to this one. It looked good so I bought it. The pictures are very pretty and the instructions are fairly straight forward. I decided to try and make the Strawberries and Cream for my first cupcake. I found the batter to be a little dense, which I initially didn't pay to much attention to. However, when the cookies finished baking, they were still very dense and not light and fluffy like I anticipated. The cooler they got, the firmer they were. Now, the average home oven is different than that of a bakery, so I'm thinking maybe I should have decreased the time a bit. I also made the vanilla buttercream icing to go with it. The icing is so sweet, that you can hardly eat it and it really doesn't have much of a flavor. I think that it should have more flavoring to it, either more vanilla, or even something a bit stronger.

I'm not going to give up just yet, I would like to try something else before rendering my final judgement on Primrose recipes. I really hope the next ones work better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel M. Candelaria on November 2, 2011
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This is one of the few cookbooks that the authors seem to have tested out all of the recipes to make sure the ingredients and directions would be correct for the home baker. I've made several recipes and have loved every one of them. Best of all, the typical yield is for a dozen cupcakes but can be easily doubled if need be (because I hate those cookbooks that the yield is 28 or 32 cupcakes and impossible to halve with good results).

Fun food photography, too. I love this book!
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