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Cupcake Cafe Cookbook Hardcover – August 17, 1998
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You have to smile at Warren suggesting her doughnuts are health food because they're made from scratch with natural ingredients and eaten without butter or cream cheese. You will certainly enjoy every recipe for them and all of the muffins, scones and sticky buns, too. Warren's use of butter cream for decorating cakes with cascades of colorful flowers and other original designs is so magical that even Madonna and Mick Jagger have ordered from her. If you have an ounce of manual dexterity, Warren's detailed guidance on cake decorating will send you into orbit. Photos showing how to make the flower-encrusted cakes for which Cupcake Café is famous also a help. --Dana Jacobi
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Bottom line, I'm concerned about trying any other recipes, such as the butter cream---which is why I bought the book.
I'd like to know if anyone else has tried the butter cream recipe with success.
There's an ample section on decorating 'the Cupcake Cafe way', but surprisingly (and disappointingly) few step-by-step illustrations or photographs. Many of the flowers Ann Warren describes are very complex and more diagrams would have been very helpful. I was also surprised to notice that the photographs aren't really quite in focus, and don't give you any more than a general sense of what kinds of buttercream floral renditions the Cafe is known for -- which is to say, they don't do Ann Warren's artistry justice, since her work is beautiful.
Her recipe for buttercream frosting is, I think, a little unnecessarily delicate, given the heavy hand with which she expects you to apply the stuff (one 10" cake's worth of frosting calls for two pounds of butter!) -- I've had better results modifying her recipe with a little confectioner's sugar than I've had being obedient to the original.
All that said, this is a handy cookbook with reliable recipes for cakes, doughnuts and muffins, and it provides ample food for inspiration.
This book disappoints, especially when you consider that almost 2/3 of the book is about baked goods other than the flower cakes she's known for. There are a few color pictures of the beautifully flower-decorated cakes (some out of focus), and a few of some non-flower decorated cakes that look awful compared to the flower cakes (looks like someone who didn't know what they were doing did them).
She has her recipe for buttercream using whole eggs in here, and tips for handling it/fixing it, along with several color formulas for flowers, and some descriptions for making the flowers. But, NO step-by-step instructional pictures, which renders the descriptions just about useless, unless you had seen her on Martha. You'd do better to go to your local craft store and pick up some Wilton books, or take some of their classes.
Borrow this book from the library if you are only interested in the cake decorating portion, or, if you just need the recipe, it was halved in the Feb '96 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine (I already had this, I was hoping for much better from the book).
Another reviewer mentioned a cake decorating video from Martha that featured the author, and that would be the best way to learn the technique--I wish Amazon would sell it, as I can't find it on the Martha site. If it were sold together with a rewritten version of this book, it would be a winner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a gift to a friend..she loved it..came in plenty of time..clean, nicely wrappedPublished 22 months ago by Teva sneak
A staple on my kitchen bookshelf
as the Cupcake Cafe itself was the best place
to take a date for a cupcake,
or to take the NY Times for a waffle breakfast on... Read more
I had heard of them and wanted to try some recipes, so when I got it, I did and I have loved them all so far.Published on February 1, 2014 by Diane Shipley
This is filled with old, boring recipes, nothing new here.
Thought there would be more info on frosting and baking cupcakes.
This is a mediocre baking book. I am a person who loves to entertain and I make all my food and desserts by scratch. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Shop-a-holic
I'd eaten lunches @ the Cupcake Cafe & enjoyed their namesake treats as dessert just as frequently. this book lets you in on the cupcake boiler room that made them famous with... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by S4L
This is the type of cookbook you buy on impulse and never end up making anything from. I am a cookbook collector and have hundreds of books with sticky tabs sticking out of them,... Read morePublished on July 27, 2009 by tachi1
I found the information on color combinations and flower techniques very informative. I immediately tried them out on a cake I made and I was totally impressed with the results. Read morePublished on June 5, 2006 by D. McLaughlin