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Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make Paperback – April 24, 2008
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Witty, one-of-a-kind imaginative cupcake designs using candies from the local convenience store. America's favorite food photography team, responsible for the covers of America's top magazines, shows how to create funny, scary, and sophisticated masterpieces, using a zipper lock bag and common candies and snack items. With these easy-to-follow techniques, even the most kitchen-challenged cooks can
• raise a big-top circus cupcake tier for a kid's birthday
• plant candy vegetables on Oreo earth cupcakes for a garden party
• trot out a line of confectionery "pupcakes" for a dog fancier
• serve sausage and pepperoni pizza cupcakes for April Fool's Day
• bewitch trick-or-treaters with chilly ghost chocolate cupcakes
• create holidays on icing with turkey cupcake place cards, a white cupcake Christmas wreath, and Easter egg cupcakes
No baking skills or fancy pastry equipment is required. Spotting the familiar items in the hundreds of brilliant photos is at least half the fun.
Recipe Excerpts from Hello, Cupcake!
Corn on the Cob Cupcakes
"...whimsical, inspiring, and utterly gorgeous." (Associated Press )
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I think they are trying to help beginners, but it would have made a better book if they had included suggested icing tip numbers for those of us not wanting to use pastry bags instead of ziplock bags. The use Tootsie Rolls and hard to find candies are in this book, but maybe fondant could have been suggested.
Also, they suggest store bought frosting, "we have yet to find a homemade frosting that can do what a store-bought one does." Well, we tried doctoring store bought frosting with a LOT of powdered sugar to made cake decorations, and it couldn't be done. If you see their frosting recipe in the book, you'll see that it doesn't have enough powdered sugar.
Anyways, this book has been out awhile and my comments won't change anything. I do appreciate the design ideas very much. i bought the book after flipping thru it in the library. However,I had to vent my frustration at trying to understand the directions.
There's a wide range of styles and milieus here, from goofy to gross to pretty and elegant to festive, so it's bound to suit anyone's tastes and every holiday or occasion.
Best of all, none of the designs, to my knowledge, require expensive or obscure ingredients.
The directions are laid out in step by step format with plenty of pictures. You can substitute your own ingredients or colors. It's surprising how many unique and high quality ideas are found in this guide. You'd think it would be hard to find enough good cupcake ideas to fill up a whole book but not only is there this book, there is a sequel (What's New, Cupcake?) that has just as many unique and great designs.
Some of my favorites from this book are the billiard balls, which I made, the nutcracker ones, and the aliens. There are a lot more but I can't remember them all.