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Trophy Cupcakes and Parties!: Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle's Prize-Winning Cupcake Bakery Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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"Cupcakes have always been one of our guilty pleasures, and stepping into Trophy Cupcakes is like entering a world of delicious temptation. Jennifer Shea opened the Seattle cupcake shop and vintage party supply retailer in 2007, and her mouthwatering treats garnered immediate attention — her cupcakes are consistently regarded as the best in Seattle. Aside from expanding to five additional locations in the area, Jennifer’s book Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! is now on shelves."
"Part cookbook, and part party planner, this book will show you how to add that spark to any shindig. Jennifer Shea gives you the scoop, with details on everything from how to make the perfect playlist to incorporating a theme without overdoing it. And there are plenty of beyond-the-basic cupcake and frosting recipes (naturally) including s’mores, margarita, espresso, and coconut rum."
"Trophy Cupcakes & Parties is the sort of sweet cheefrulness designed to combat post-holiday letdown. Full of recipes, decorations, crafts and party inspiration, you may soon be planning a Forest Fairy Tea Party or a Superhero Training Camp. There are parties for children and adults—glittery engagement soirees, a tribute to Paris (with Lavender Crème Brûlée Cupcakes) and a Camping Party that features the famous Trophy S'mores Cupcake. The Bicycle Picnic may have to wait for warmer weather, but there's enough happy in this book to get us there."
"[Jennifer Shea's] book does include recipes for her shop’s cupcakes, from chocolate and vanilla to locally famous specialties like the S’mores version featured on the Martha Stewart show. But it’s also got really a party planning guide for both kid and adult celebrations, with guidelines and accompanying recipes for decorations like fairy wands for a Forest Fairy Tea Party or even painted wooden buoys for a nautically themed Life Aquatic party."
The Seattle Times
"...this freshman entry into my cookbook collection catapulted straight toward the top of the senior class, kids. Lemme tell ya. And that is because it is much more than just a cookbook. They always say that the best tools in the kitchen are typically the ones that perform beyond one function and that's precisely why that little beauty of a book up there will remain a keeper. Aside from the fact that it's a visual treat to peruse through, and that there are cupcake recipes aplenty (and you know papa knows his way 'round a cupcake), it has inspiration galore for throwing a fantastic fête... Part of Jennifer's philosophy is 'make every day a party' and putting her book to the test proved how easy it is to make that possible. Cheers to that!"
The Bedlam of Beefy
"I am blown away. I own my fair share of cookbooks, cupcake books, and party books, but this is my new go-to. ...the styling of the photos and the book as a whole makes you feel like you’re at a charming and whimsical party and leaves you inspired to create one yourself."
"As mom to a 5-year-old and queen of Seattle confections empire Trophy Cupcakes and Party, Jennifer Shea knows a thing or two about kiddie celebrations. Like the fact that first birthdays are as much for parents as they are for the guests of honor. Which is why, in her new cookbook-slash-party guide, Trophy Cupcakes & Parties, Shea recommends throwing a witty, Wes Anderson-themed bash inspired by The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. (So great.)"
"In an era where food trends are quick to come and go, Trophy Cupcakes & Parties has proved its staying power with four busy locations across Seattle. Founded by Jennifer Shea and her husband, Michael Williamson, this sweet destination offers everything from custom party planning to delicious cupcake flavors the likes of bananas foster, which you can now make at home with the shop's debut cookbook filled with deliciously fun ideas. Party on!"
Luxe Interiors + Design
"From throwing the best parties to setting a pretty table to creating the perfect playlist, this book will get me through the planning from beginning to the end!"
Shop Sweet Things
"[Trophy Cupcakes & Parties! is] full of party ideas, including recipes, crafty decor and activities, and all of the style you need to pull off a cool event. I love it--it really celebrates not only the cupcake, but the happy culture which should always surround the cute foodstuff."
"The Trophy Cupcakes & Parties book is absolutely stunning, from the gorgeous, thick outside cover to the inside pictures and details. Trust me: you will LOVE this book."
Urban Bliss Life
"This lush new books shows what kind of fun you can have when you combine cupcakes with crafts, color schemes, and cocktails. It's an adult guide to theme parties and has Perfect Girlfriend Gift written all over it... The photos and ideas in Trophy Cupcakes & Parties would inspire any partygiver, whether looking to add panache to a grown-up party or find a new idea for a kid event. When you need more than Pinterest, this would be the source to turn to."
Rose City Reader
"I was really excited that Trophy Cupcakes put out a cookbook full of all their glorious cupcake recipes. Their s'more cupcake with the torched marshmallow topping is killer. The pink champagne cupcake recipe continues to call my name. It's all beautifully collected and bound in a lovely new book... And it's not just sweets, there's some really cute party ideas, like DIY garlands, festive themes with adorable, twee favors—the book is as precious as the whole concept behind Jennifer Shea's gorgeously-crafted cupcake empire."
"Shea’s new book, Trophy Cupcakes & Parties, is a treasure trove of decorating, party and craft inspirations, as well as a reminder of the importance of celebrations. ...Whether you’re a party pro like Martha Stewart — who learned a tip or two from Shea when she traveled to New York to demonstrate how to make her delicious s’more cupcake recipe — or like I am, slightly intimidated by organizing parties, you’ll love the surprisingly simple tips for party-making and ironically, life, found in Shea’s artful volume."
Forks in the Road, ParentMap
"The assortment of cupcake recipes in Trophy Cupcakes and Parties is dazzling.... If you prefer to host birthday parties for the kids at home, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties is definitely worth a look for the decorations and party activities alone."
"I truly enjoyed the very first look at this exciting new book – filled with delicious recipes, thrilling party themes, planning tools and more – complete with stunning photos by Rina Jordon. It gives entertainers, bakers and party makers a peek into the magic of Trophy Cupcakes and Party."
Kristin Pot Pie
"...you will get tons of Jennifer’s great party ideas along with her fab recipes."
The Effortless Chic
"Can't say it enough -- the book is absolutely beautiful. The pages are filled with delectable, gorgeous cupcake recipes and fabulously fun party ideas for the hostess with the mostess!"
"Jennifer Shea includes everything you need to plan the perfect get-together in Trophy Cupcakes and Parties, an entertaining primer named after her popular Seattle-area cupcakery. Each party idea includes ideas for decorations, crafts, activities and, of course, a very special cupcake recipe. Even if you're not a party planner, Shea's tips for making (and decorating) the perfect cupcake are invaluable."
"Trophy Cupcakes & Parties is literally a party in a book...whether it’s a baby shower or engagement party you are looking for inspiration for, having Trophy Cupcakes & Parties as part of your book collection will give you the head start that you need to make your party dreams a reality."
Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
"The book, Trophy Cupcakes & Parties, helps you throw an elegant celebration with simple details to inspire you to celebrate the little things as well as the big things."
"If you are thinking the world doesn’t need another cupcake book, you are wrong, so wrong. I’d order it for the prop styling alone. Beautiful, inspiring pictures of parties combined with s’more cupcake recipes. It doesn’t disappoint."
The Art of Awkward
"...a cookbook notable for making outstandingly-decorated cupcakes and offers home cooks a fine celebration-oriented guide to making the cupcake the center of attraction... From tips on creating party themes to decoration hints, this is a 'must' for any cupcake baker: packed with color photos and tips to assure success!"
The Midwest Book Review
"...owner/baker/party-planner Shea sets the collection apart by including themed celebration ideas for adults and kids. There’s also a smattering of DIY craft instructions and decorating tips."
About the Author
Rina Jordan is a Seattle-based food photographer.
More About the Author
In 2007, Jennifer and her husband Michael Williamson flipped on the vintage schoolhouse lights at their first Trophy shop in Wallingford Center--and Seattleites began lining up for Trophy's mouthwatering masterpieces. Customers and press praised Jennifer's cupcakes, and Martha Stewart lauded them as "utterly delicious" when Jennifer appeared on Martha's show in 2008. Her cupcakes have also been featured in Vanity Fair and Sunset Magazine and on The Food Network. Trophy has been voted "Best Cupcake Shop" for four years running by Seattle Magazine, who recently named Jennifer #21 in the "Top 70 Power Players of the Seattle Food World".
Five more Trophy locations (University Village, Pacific Place, CenturyLink Field, Husky Stadium and The Bravern in Bellevue), and a five-year-old son (Fleetwood) later, Jennifer runs around a lot these days. In her "spare" time, Jennifer can be touring in support of her new book (Trophy Cupcakes and Parties!, Sasquatch, September 2013) and dreaming up and testing exotic cupcake flavors like Orange Almond Rose and Lavender Crème Brûlée -- adding to her endlessly creative, delectable desserts.
Top Customer Reviews
The party ideas and recipes are styled so well, they are super inspirational without being too fussy. The photography is amazing, and the crafting instructions are clear and precise.
My favorite thing about the book is the page-by-page resource guide found at the end. Every prop, every tool, is catalogued and accounted for. So many books gloss over this, and for people like me, people who know the basics, a lot of time the resources are mostly what I'm interested in.
For beginners there's a great craft tool and baking tool top 10, some basic icing instructions, and a guide on how to find the best ingredients. The book is broken into sections with party ideas, and the party ideas include a recipe, a drink, a craft, and ideas for decorating. My favorite parties are: one inspired by Andy Warhol, SO original, and a Parisian themed one. But there are a lot of good ideas in each party.
I'm just so impressed by the quality of this book. This is the type of detail and instruction for other baking and crafting books to aspire to. The ideas are original and easily adaptable. This project was obviously done without cutting any corners, and I really respect that.
** I would like to add I have tried 4 of the cupcake recipes and each of them is INSANELY yummy. The peanut butter buttercream is a sinful experience and I made myself an entire 3-layer-cake covered in it. The end.
The chocolate cupcake recipe I tried looked stunning - nice dome and all - but was firm, not soft as we like our cupcakes, better suited to filled cakes, IMHO. Taste was so-so.
The two buttercream recipes, vanilla and strawberry, that I tried were good - too sweet for my tastes but others liked it.
It does have a lot of party ideas but most of them were not my style, but that is personal. The photos are beautiful, and if you're looking for party ideas and recipes, it's definitely a buy; but if you're not sure, I'd say check it out at the library before going for it. I wish I had. Hope this helps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love her, love the book, love her Craftsy classes! Highly recommend!Published 2 months ago by Amanda
This book meets all my expectations. All the recipes I wanted are there and more besides. I am not too interested in the party ideas, but the recipes for the cupcakes and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roberta A. Johnston
Arrived within two days. Nice sturdy book. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. The pictures are very nice.Published 6 months ago by Julia Case
Love this book! It has some great recipes and a lot of good advice about parties and themes. 😄Published 6 months ago by Keedie