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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062090607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062090607
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I can’t say enough good things about this cupcakery....These cupcakes beat Magnolia Bakery’s by miles and miles.” (Frank Bruni, New York Times)

From the Back Cover

In this delectable cookbook and memoir, sisters and stars of the hit TLC series DC Cupcakes inspire readers with their recipe for success: equal parts determination, smarts, and the belief that if you do what you love, you can’t fail.

When sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne took a leap of faith and quit their secure jobs in fashion and finance to open a small cupcakery together, they knew they were risking it all. But from when they were little, their Greek grandmother Babee instilled in them a love of baking and the fire to follow their dreams. From the moment they opened the doors to Georgetown Cupcake, crowds have been clamoring for their sweet, wholesome treats; they sell as many as 10,000 cupcakes a day. And for two seasons, fans have been following their escapades—including making a giant bra, a slot machine, and a wedding gown out of cupcakes—on the hit TLC series DC Cupcakes.

Georgetown Cupcake’s meteoric rise is the realization of a dream rooted in the special bond that Sophie and Katherine formed with each other from childhood. The Cupcake Diaries is a tribute to that bond, the memories they share, and the important lessons they learned, both about baking and about life. The book follows the sisters’ personal journey that started in their grandmother’s kitchen years ago. They reveal secrets of their business success and include over thirty delicious recipes, including their bestselling Red Velvet cupcake and their grandmother’s delicious Greek Easter bread. The Cupcake Diaries celebrates what it takes—luck, courage, family support, and determination—to go from dreaming to doing.

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For those of you who like to bake this book is great.
Melissa McCain
Way too much batter... recipe stated for 12 cupcakes, but I think it could have easily made 24 cupcakes.
T. Westfall
Regardless, the cupcakes turned out great, and I can't wait to try another recipe.
Jessica Parij

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rae K. on November 12, 2011
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I have followed DC Cupcakes religiously and have ordered the cupcakes for shipping numerous times. This cookbook is indeed heartwarming and there are lots from their actual memoirs. There are also numerous recipes for some of their best cupcakes, including Red Velvet, Pumpkin Spice, and Cherry Blossom. They also have several recipes that were exclusive to their show.

Overall, I'm so glad I bought this. My only criticism is that I wish it was organized better. I wish there was a list of all the recipes and the corresponding page number because you do have to look through the entire book to find the recipe or go hunting in the back index, which includes everything else too.

The only recipe I've made so far is the Salted Caramel. It came out well but the recipe made 24 cupcakes instead of 12. I've never seen a cookbook off by that much (and I am using standard size cupcake pans!). Though I guess making more is better than making less!

However, I highly suggest this book. If you're looking for a certain recipe/cupcake, leave me a comment and I'll check to see if the book has it!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Osgirl on November 24, 2011
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I pre-ordered my book and was so excited when it came. I've never had GC because I'm not ready to pay that much to have cupcakes shipped to me, so I was looking forward to trying some of their recipes. I cannot help but wonder if these recipes are truly, ingredient for ingredient, what they use in the store.

The reason I wonder is this: The caramel apple recipe seemed really inaccurate. I'm an experienced baker who wanted to see what the fuss was about, and this recipe was very disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly as it was written and it made 28 cupcakes vs. the 18 they say it will make (others have said this as well). They didn't rise well and looked nothing like their pictures. I threw those out and started again. I filled the liners with less batter and they still didn't turn out great. They taste good, but they didn't rise and are flat. Again, it made 28 cupcakes.

I was going to try the carrot cupcake recipe but I didn't bother, because it's the same recipe as the caramel apple cupcakes with the addition of grated carrots.

I have tried their vanilla cupcakes which are very good. I also made the milk chocolate frosting which was good. I love their cream cheese frosting (which I've been using for awhile as that has been published on the internet).

I was also hoping they would give more information about their fondant decorations and where they purchase the cutters. I have mini cookie cutouts and plunger cutters and have never been able to find them in the turkey, snowflake, Christmas tree, or reindeer fondant decorations that they use.

Overall, I enjoyed reading their book and am looking forward to trying other recipes, but I will not try the caramel apple or carrot cupcake recipes again.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christie Weiss on November 9, 2011
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I love this book!! The girls let us in on family memories and stories. There are wonderful personal photographs included and the "staged" photographs specifically completed for the book are also great. This book has a lot of information packed into it. I have not read the entire book from cover to cover just yet but I have definitely read a significant part and the information seems on point. Of course, there are a lot of cupcake recipes but there are also different recipes from their Babee like Baklava and other sweet treats! The family memories that go with them are heartwarming.

I have not tried any of the recipes in the book yet. I am going to bake the vanilla cupcakes with the vanilla buttercream frosting tonight so I will update my review and let you know how they turned out. I have high hopes that the girls have taken just as much effort into these recipes as they have with the ones that they use for their cupcakery.

Update 11/13:

I have now made the Vanilla cupcakes w/ Vanilla Buttercream frosting and the Red Velvet cupcakes with the Vanilla Cream Cheese frosting. I took the Vanilla cupcakes to work and everyone was raving. They were still talking about them the next day! I made the Red Velvets over the weekend because this type of cake has been my nemesis!! However, these were moist and flavorful...two things that were missing in previous tries. My family really enjoyed them and my mom took 6 of them home! My next experiment will be w/ the Chocolate cupcake recipe from the Chocolate Goo-nache recipe w/ the chocolate ganache and the carmelized hazelnuts. I am very hopeful and excited.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Epicurean Goddess on April 22, 2012
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This book is interesting to me. I'll start with the not-so-great aspect and then move on to the greater aspects. Amazon had this book on my "Recommended" list based on another cupcake book I had purchased. I had never heard of the authors nor their television show nor their bakery. The book sat in my cart for nearly a month as I waited for some reviews to be posted before I bought it. The opinions seemed a bit split, so I decided I'd go ahead and buy it. Before making any recipes, I read the book from cover to cover. Then, on to the recipes. I have made four of the recipes: red velvet, irish cream, coconut, lemon blossom. I did not like any of them. The texture for both the irish cream and the lemon blossom were far too light. The crumb just was not what I typically like in a cupcake. The red velvet, irish cream, and lemon blossom all had minimal flavor. I suspect incredible marketing must be a huge part of their success. I do plan to try the cherry blossom soon and hope I will have better luck. If I do, I'll come back and modify this review. As nearly all the other reviewers have pointed out, you'll end up with more cupcakes than the book indicates. I didn't get uptight about that. Keep them to eat later or give them away? Well, that's the bad news, now on to the good.

I actually liked the frostings. The frostings are very good. I'll definitely use them with someone else's recipes. I also enjoyed the narrative. The book is more than just a book of recipes. They tell their "story." They talk about baking with their grandmother and having to sacrifice to open a business that they both really wanted. I was excited to read about their grand opening and all of the challenges and opportunities they've faced on their journey. I'm proud of them.
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