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With over 10 years of experience in the Test Kitchens of Southern Living magazine, author Jan Moon has embarked on a venture of her own and opened a bakery in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to wedding cakes and custom-made treats, Dreamcakes Bakery specializes in delectable cupcakes, and Jan's unique creations keep her loyal customers coming back for more. Southern Living, launched in 1966, is the heart of southern life. Nearly 16 million people turn to the magazine each month for definitive southern recipes, travel tips, gardening guides, and home decorating inspiration. Readers in every part of the country recognize it as the authority for all things southern. They use it, keep it, and live by it.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848734378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848734374
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on May 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a pastry chef and I own 300 cookbooks. You would think that little would impress me. You would be wrong. Jan Moon's Big Book of Cupcakes is so much more than I ever thought it would be I barely flipped through the pages before buying it and rushing home. Now that I have had time to live with it and love it I am more impressed than ever.

Moon walks you through 150 different cupcakes. Often, these are combinations of cake flavor, filling, frosting, and then decorations. She uses bases to spring into the stratosphere of creativity. Chocolate Chocolate Chunk? Mojito? Banana Split? Sign me up! I want to make every cupcake in here! Not only will the recipes get you drooling but all the cakes look brilliant and beautiful as well. She also includes a feature called Flip It which gives you ideas on how to alter the cupcakes for a different presentation, flavor tweak, etc. It is helpful and gets your creativity running. Moon also divides her book into helpful sections, which are:
* Cupcakes 101
* Spring Fever
* Summer Celebrations
* Fall Follies
* Winter Wonders
* Cupcakes for Sharing
* Resources
There are also an introduction and index. Cupcakes 101 is great because if you are someone who has never really baked, or are giving this as a gift to someone who does not have a ton of kitchen experience it is very helpful. If you are an accomplished baker or chef, skip that part or flip through it, then get on to the recipes.

The only thing I hate about this book is I cannot figure out which ones to do first! I love this book so much, and trying to decide is sweet, wonderful torture.

Highest possible recommendations. This blows away Martha Stewarts' cupcakes any day!
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I borrowed this book from the library in order to get some ideas for my daughters' birthdays. As usual, I requested every single book on the subject that our library had in order to get as much information as I could. I looked over Betty Crocker's cupcake book.... eh. I looked over visually appealing books that use candies and things to make the cupcakes stand out... but they use canned frosting and cake mixes. Don't get me wrong, cake mixes are great, and I've used them faithfully for over 9 years, but this time I wanted to try and stay away from that, so I put those down too. Then I got to this book.

This is the best book by far that I've EVER borrowed on cake! First of all, Ms. Moon uses White Lily flour, something that is reasonably priced in every single grocery store, instead of the traditional cake flour. I never get around to scratch cake because every book on the subject calls for cake flour in their recipes, and a tiny box is ridiculously priced... you make one cake and if it doesn't turn out right, you wasted your whole box of flour.

Second, Ms. Moon gives wonderful advice on where to find ingredients and what things can be swapped out in a pinch. I knew this would be a great book when she banned the use of margarine when butter is called for. Nothing but butter should be used, because it gives way better flavor.

I am the kind of person who buys flour by the pallet, because when I bake, I REALLY BAKE. I have made in the course of 2 weeks almost 200 cupcakes from this book. Each recipe yields just over 2 dozen regular sized cupcakes, except for the butter cake. I had to double that recipe in order to get the amount I needed.
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First off this book is dangerous just with its pictures, everything looks so good! The thing I hate most about cookbooks is when they don't show pictures of of the food, this book has a picture (beautiful and yummy at that) for every single cupcake! The Big Book of Cupcakes starts out with Cupcake 101, which I definitely needed. It goes through terms, measurements, tools, tips and techniques and more! There are even pictures throughout this section to show demonstrations. Then onto the recipes which are separated by seasons (Spring Fever, Summer Celebrations, Fall Follies, and Winter Wonders.) Each recipe is very easy to understand and starts with the cupcake recipe and then if applicable a frosting recipe. The book ends with "Cupcakes for Sharing" which talks about how to display, decide on flavors, ship, and more.

Now I am by no means a baker, nor have I ever tried to make "pretty" cupcakes, basically I am lucky is the tub of frosting I use doesn't tear up the cupcake! This book really is an inspiration to try new flavors and creations. I feel confident after checking out some of these recipes that I can attempt them and while it will definitely take practice, I hope to someday make "pretty" cupcakes like in the book!
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This book begins with many helpful tips on every thing from ingredients to supplies. There is quite a bit of helpful information in the Cupcake 101 chapter. The chapters following are divided into the seasons of the year. Each season has plenty of lovely recipes and decorating ideas. There is a recipe for every level of the baker in this book. Each recipe includes a full page picture of each recipe. I love that in a cookbook. The recipes and instructions are very easy to follow. There is a resource page in the back of the book also along with metric equivalent charts. This is a great cookbook with a huge variety of different cupcake and icing recipes and ideas. I have looked through many cupcake cookbooks and this one has one of the best assortments of recipes.

(I cannot buy the White Lily flour the author uses anywhere near my state. My cupcakes turned out light and fluffy using good old ordinary flour. You can use this cookbook without the White Lily flour, if you are not able to find it.)
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