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The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book) Paperback – Lay Flat, March 22, 2011
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Simple and scrumptious treats are just minutes away with Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes. More than 175 delicious varieties and decorations are perfect for any occasion—or no occasion at all. Look inside for:
Cupcake & Frosting Basics:
straightforward instructions on baking perfect cupcakes of any kind—yellow, chocolate, white or lemon cake, along with frostings and icings
Simply Delicious Cupcakes:
Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cupcakes, Malted Milk Ball Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting, Harvest Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Bake Sale Favorites:
Chocolate-Espresso Cupcakes, Double Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cupcakes, Minty Fudge Cups, Cookies 'n cream Cupcakes, Flower-Power Cupcakes, Somewhere Over the Rainbow Cupcakes, Spiced-caramel Pear Cupcakes
Kids' Party Cupcakes:
Surprise Cupcake Cones, Mini Cupcake Banana Splits, Jungle Animal Cupcakes, Creepy Crawler Cupcakes, Cupcake Sliders, Football Cupcake Pull-Aparts, Turtle-Topped Cupcakes, Dreamy Sleepover Cupcakes, Pirate's Hidden Treasure Cupcakes
Dazzling Holiday Cupcakes:
New Year's Party Cupcakes, Valentine Parfait Cupcakes, Easter Basket Cupcakes, Hole-in-One Father's Day Cupcakes, Stars and Stripes Cupcakes, Ghost Cupcake Cones, Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes, Hanukkah Dreidel Cupcakes, Almond-Filled White Christmas Cupcakes
Chai Latte Cupcakes, Hot Chocolate Cupcakes, Peanut Butter High Hats, Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, Mini Crumb Cakes, Wedding Cupcakes, Key Lime Cupcakes, Mango-Jalapeño Cupcake Stacks
From the Back Cover
Nearly endless cupcake ideas—spectacular yet truly
Easy to make—from scratch or with a mix
Betty Crocker has gone all-out with this best-ever collection of over 175 sensational cupcakes that are easy and fun to prepare. Best of all, almost every recipe can be made from scratch or with a mix, so you can choose between quick and convenient or scratch preparation.
Get ready to be wowed by decorated cupcakes—from adorable Dreamy Sleepover Cupcakes to sophisticated Vanilla Bean Calla Lily Cupcakes, as well as enticing flavors like Aztec Chile-Chocolate Cupcakes. You'll find dozens of inspiring ideas that are sure to make your next party special, whether a birthday, holiday or graduation. This is the one book you need for the treat that never goes out of style.
More than 175 easy-to-make recipes with an incredible array of flavors and fun decorating ideas, from holiday ornaments to kid-friendly creations
A full-color photo of every cupcake, plus step-by-step photos on frosting, decorating and more
Guidance on the basics, from simple cupcakes and frostings to creative decorating and gift-giving ideas
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The rest of the book uses these recipes as ingredients - for example Turtle Topped Cupcakes require yellow cupcakes, buttercream frosting, and store bought candy. I'd estimate 75% of the book is combining the first 10 recipes with different store bought candy or food coloring. Every recipe has a "tip" that tells you to how to use a cake mix instead of baking from scratch.
There ARE some nice variations (Butternut Squash Cupcakes, Aztec Chocolate, and Spiced Caramel Pear) but overall this book is written to sell cake mix and it's little too obvious about it.
Some of the basic recipes you will find in this cookbook include:
Vanilla Buttecream Frosting
Fluffy White Frosting
Some of the other recipes you will find include:
Adorable Applesauce Cupcakes (uses a included Applesauce cupcake recipe and uses the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe)
Surprise Cupcake Cones
Mr. Mouse Party Cupcakes
Chirping Chick Cupcakes (I'm thinking about making these for Easter dinner)
Merry Holiday Ornament Cupcakes
Chai Latte Cupcakes
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Pink Champagne Cupcakes
Mini Crumb Cakes
Butterfly Cupcake Petits Fours
Pastel Angel Food Cupcakes
Baby Rattle Cupcakes
Key Lime Cupcakes
As you can see there are many choices to choose from. Best of all the cookbook is filled with plenty of color images illustrating the recipes. You will also find an interactive table of contents making navigation easy.
The decorating ideas are fun and not so complicated that I won't be able to achieve a reasonable likeness to the pictures.
The recipes give extra tips and tell you how you can use a box of cake mix if you don't want to make them from scratch. The one recipe I've tried so far (candy bar cupcakes) was extremely easy. The most complicated things I had to do was separate eggs and test for doneness with a toothpick.
Some of the recipes use the basic cupcake / frosting recipe and then add other ingredients to make them different & original.
I would definitely recommend this cookbook for anyone who likes to bake but is tired of the same old boring recipes.
*******Update 11.01.11 - I've been making cupcakes about twice a month now since I've purchased this book and get rave reviews for each new recipe. The added ingredients definitely change the flavors and the decorating (so far) is a snap.
I would recommend if you're going to start making cupcakes more often that you buy a few accessories to make putting the batter into the pan and frosting easier. I've purchased a simple decorating bag with two different large tips - with this I can frost 24 cupcakes in minutes and they look professional. I also love the 'batter scoops' I've purchased. It helps ensure that my cupcakes are of a consistent size - which again makes them look prettier in the end.