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Some good recipes and beautiful photos, but....
on April 6, 2012
This cookbook offers a lot of fast and easy cupcake recipes, all of which start with a cake mix, and many of which are unique. I like the spiral binding which enables it to lay flat while you're working, but a few relatively minor problems preclude my giving this book five stars. First of all, the ingredients are all easy to find, but in some of the recipes, the quantities aren't clear. For example, one recipe calls for "a can of fruit cocktail" - but doesn't tell you what size; another one lists "a block of butter." How big, exactly, is a "block?" My guess would be a stick...but other recipes in the book specify "2 tbs." or "1/2 cup" or whatever; why not be specific on this one?
The pictures are beautifully done and make the cupcakes look very tempting. Not every recipe features a picture, which is fine, but the one section (Theme Decorating) where one really NEEDS photos to see what the finished product is supposed to look like has pictures of only a few of the cupcakes, and those which are easy to picture in your mind at that; I'd like to see the butterfly, the caterpillar, and the other more elaborate designs.
All-in-all it's a nice cookbook, and ideal for the times when you need some cupcakes in a hurry but don't want to have to settle for something plain and simple.