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A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes
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About the Author
Dede Wilson is the author of A Baker's Field Guide series, Christmas Cooking for Dummies, Appetizers for Dummies, and The Wedding Cake Book. She is a contributing editor to Bon Appetit and the host of Seasonings with Dede Wilson, a PBS cooking show. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Top Customer Reviews
Diane C. Donovan
I much prefer spiral-bound books which this one is and I read every recipe from cover to cover. I put sticky notes on the ones I wanted to try right
away and yesterday made her Cookies 'n' Cream Cupcakes - WOW! I followed her directions to the letter, made the Classic Confectioners' Sugar Frosting - used the Oreo cookies, chopped away. Using my 'best girl friend' - the lovely KitchenAid stand mixer (also purchased from [...] -
I can tell you that I've never tasted any cupcake so delicious - the cupcake was so soft to eat - didn't crumble/fall apart - just absolutely perfect. I
always make notations on recipes and I wrote: "So light and delicious."
Being a perfectionist, I can tell you that I am highly critical of what I make and quick to point out if I have a bad recipe to follow. No matter how good of a baker you are, you're only as good as the recipe.
As a side note, in Wedding Cakes You Can Make, Dede was kind enough to include her email address. I ran into trouble on a cake I was commissioned to make for a shower. I searched the Internet for answers - then remembered Dede's email address was in the book. With one day to go before the delivery date, I was down to the wire. I wrote to Ms. Wilson, explained my problem - within a few hours, she wrote back and gave me step by step instructions on how to fix my problem and how to prevent it from happening in the future.
I am going to see what other book this very talented lady has written and order them! I'd rate this a AAAA+++++.
(I buy nearly everything from [...] - is this a great company or what? No tax, no shipping, no hassles and polite customer service reps. I always shop here first as I don't like shopping but sure is great to sit here, find what I want and push a button!)
Her book is extremely organized. She provides core recipes for cakes and frostings in the front, and then the rest of her book is filled with fun themed cupcakes, all which are variations on her core recipes listed in the front. Also, several people have already mentioned the amazing spiral binding, but I love it too, so I had to mention it!
The most important thing in a cook book is consistency. As a cook or baker, you expect that recipes to come out right if you follow all of the directions completely. With this book, I have had excellent results EVERY time. This is ALWAYS the first book I consult when making cupcakes.
Some of my favorites include:
Red Velvet (the cream cheese frosting is to die for)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her books are a must have for your kitchen and collectionPublished 11 months ago by Amazons Secret stockholder and invester
Have now purchased three copies. My granddaughters use it all the time - great, simple, easy ingredients yielding tasty results.Published 20 months ago by B. Switzer
Loved the master recipes. Probably won't use the decorative cupcake ideas but they provided a starting place for the creative process.Published on April 25, 2013 by Tammy Lewis
This book was filled with many unattractive cupcake designs. I expected more based on what was pictured on the cover and was seriously disappointed. Buy another book!Published on June 20, 2011 by Michelle, Melbourne
Anyone who has read Dede Wilson's baking books will know the recipes will come out just as expected. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Succotash
I am very pleased with the cookbook. I was looking for ideas for my daughter's wedding and bridal shower. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by L. A. Dennis
I had recently checked this book out at the library and never in my life have I loved every page of a cupcake book. Read morePublished on June 30, 2008 by D. Best