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Hey There, Cupcake! 35 Yummy Fun Cupcake Recipes for All Occasions Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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However, Ms Crespo violates rule number one for excellent food books: the cupcakes pictured are not always made according to the directions she gives.
I've already run across two examples. First, the Panda cupcakes (and other cupcakes with a white frosting base) are not made with vanilla buttercream frosting as stated. This frosting is cream-to-light-yellow in color since it is made with yellow butter and brown vanilla extract. The crisply white frosting in the photos is simply not vanilla buttercream. Second, the directions for the Crop Circle cupcakes calls for the cupcake to be frosted entirely, then scraped away. It does not take a cake expert to see that the example in the photo is not made that way--the frosting was piped on in a circular pattern, not scraped away at all.
These issues aren't so egregious, but undermine the basic premise of the book (which is that these are cupcakes that you, too, can make at home). I would recommend that the interested buyer simply look at the examples shown on the cover for inspiration, and use their own ingenuity, rather than purchase the book.
First and foremost is the fact that Ms. Crespo's book is simply more fun, and I suspect that is what cupcakes are all about, aside from being, in Ina Garten's words `a delivery system for icing'. Both books are a bit light on recipes for the `cake' half of the cupcake team. Neither has a recipe of, for example, a carrot cake cupcake. I have also just noticed that neither has an index, although you will probably not really miss it, unless you happen to be looking for a carrot cake cupcake recipe.
Ms. Miller is less a culinary writer than a `crafts' writer, as I pointed out in detail in my review of her book. Oddly, `The Artful Cupcake' has a lot more general information on cupcake tools, general techniques, and ingredients. Ms. Miller handles the writing on baking and the cupcake designs are actually done by visiting crafts people. So, Ms. Miller is more of an editor than a true author. Ms. Crespo, on the other hand, seems to have done all the writing and cupcake designing chores on her book. As proclaimed by her subtitle, '35 Yummy Fun Cupcake Recipes for All Occasions', I repeat that Ms. Crespo's book is simply more fun. Among other things, this means it is a much better book for younger bakers. In fact, while Clare does not push this point too much, there is a sense about the book that it was written for a young audience, without actually talking down to the reader.
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Author Claire Crespo starts off with some helpful tips for making cupcakes, and then shares some basic recipes - 10 for cupcakes and 6 for frosting.
Then the fun REALLY begins. The rest of the book is filled with 35 specialty cakes designed to make it fun to serve these traditional kid favorite desserts. Crespo presents innovative ways to decorate the cakes, using your basic cupcake ingredients, a few extras here and there, and some imagination.
Some of her innovative and stylish work include "Asprin Cupcakes" (basic cupcakes with a fondant topping with a crease down the middle); "Pina Colada cupcakes" (cupcakes stacked three high, separated by whipped cream, in a pina colada glass); "Crop Circle cupcakes (chocolate cupcakes decorated with a fanned out green frosting, and complemented with a tiny plastic tractor and cow); and my favorite, "Bleeding Hearts cupcakes" (basic cupcakes filled with raspberry jelly, cut into an irregular shape and decorated to look like a heart with red frosting as a background and blue veins stretching across it).
This is the kind of book that can be enjoyed by anyone interested in cake decorating, in making cakes and pies, but most especially, folks and their children. The Baseball cupcakes would be particularly an easy cake for kids to help frost and make for a kids party, and some of the others would be great for a whole group of kids to make at such a party.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for any one, not just a child, to get fun and simple new ideas.Published 19 months ago by Aydren01
This is a good book for the baker who would like to start baking cupcakes. The recipes are clear and also there are recipes for all kinds of homemade frostings The cupcakes are... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Shelly Besherse
Fabulous photographs and text that show how to make very creative and festive cupcakes. This book makes you want to bake and decorate and have a party.Published on July 30, 2013 by Rhonda Garcia
This book is amazing and a ton of fun. I swear that my mind began racing a million miles a minute with my own decorating ideas. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by hardworkingdiva
I wanted to love this book. I really, really did. I mean, c'mon - the cover is just so darn CUTE. But I must say, I was rather disappointed. Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by C. Walker
After buying Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule, I was inspired and eager to try some new recipes (I'm not vegan, after all!). Read morePublished on May 23, 2007 by Jacquelyn Gill
I think I found my new favorite book. I make and sell customized cakes [...] so it is absolutely amazing to see all of these ideas I never would have thought of!Published on January 3, 2007 by Nicole Geldart
I could have made the designs by looking at the pictures.
The print is small,not even standard size type. Read more
Excellent cupcake recipes if you bake the simple options, however some of them are SO inventive, I've not heard of many of the ingredients! Read morePublished on August 21, 2006 by Lux