- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 38128th edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062090607
- ISBN-13: 978-0062090607
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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From the Back Cover
In this delectable cookbook and memoir, sisters and stars of the hit TLC series DC Cupcakes inspire readers with their recipe for success: equal parts determination, smarts, and the belief that if you do what you love, you can’t fail.
When sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne took a leap of faith and quit their secure jobs in fashion and finance to open a small cupcakery together, they knew they were risking it all. But from when they were little, their Greek grandmother Babee instilled in them a love of baking and the fire to follow their dreams. From the moment they opened the doors to Georgetown Cupcake, crowds have been clamoring for their sweet, wholesome treats; they sell as many as 10,000 cupcakes a day. And for two seasons, fans have been following their escapades—including making a giant bra, a slot machine, and a wedding gown out of cupcakes—on the hit TLC series DC Cupcakes.
Georgetown Cupcake’s meteoric rise is the realization of a dream rooted in the special bond that Sophie and Katherine formed with each other from childhood. The Cupcake Diaries is a tribute to that bond, the memories they share, and the important lessons they learned, both about baking and about life. The book follows the sisters’ personal journey that started in their grandmother’s kitchen years ago. They reveal secrets of their business success and include over thirty delicious recipes, including their bestselling Red Velvet cupcake and their grandmother’s delicious Greek Easter bread. The Cupcake Diaries celebrates what it takes—luck, courage, family support, and determination—to go from dreaming to doing.
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall, I'm so glad I bought this. My only criticism is that I wish it was organized better. I wish there was a list of all the recipes and the corresponding page number because you do have to look through the entire book to find the recipe or go hunting in the back index, which includes everything else too.
The only recipe I've made so far is the Salted Caramel. It came out well but the recipe made 24 cupcakes instead of 12. I've never seen a cookbook off by that much (and I am using standard size cupcake pans!). Though I guess making more is better than making less!
However, I highly suggest this book. If you're looking for a certain recipe/cupcake, leave me a comment and I'll check to see if the book has it!
The first recipe I made was the Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing and the cupcakes were absolutely fantastic! I've made the chocolate cupcakes three times now and they have turned out perfect each and every time. I have also now made the Hummingbird Cupcakes, the Lemon Blossom Cupcakes, and the Vanilla Buttercream Cupcakes and each and every recipe has resulted in rave reviews from my family, friends and coworkers.
I did order the butter, vanilla, and cocoa recommended in the book and I do really believe that the ingredients do make a difference.
I very much recommend this book!
However note that using the recipes you get much more cupcakes than it is written. E.g., with the first recipe I got 33 standard-size cupcakes instead of 18. It is not bad, but remember it when bake.