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Cupcakes as art forms
on January 7, 2013
When my wife and I watch TV, some of our favorite shows are the cooking competitions on cable networks like Food Network and Bravo. Lately, it seems like the hottest shows are the ones that tickle our sweet tooth (Cupcake Wars, Just Desserts, Sweet Genius, Last Cake Standing, etc.). And the hottest of the hot are cupcakes, which have become art forms as well as tasty delights.
After seeing an online sample of "What's New Cupcake," I downloaded the book. The cupcakes shown in the book are some of the most outstanding examples of baking art that I've ever seen, and the Kindle Fire HD is a great platform for viewing the cupcakes in all their glory. It's tough to pick my favorites, but the Chinese Takeout, Stuffed Turkeys, and Indian Corn were remarkably creative with their display of colors and details. A number of the cupcakes were holiday-themed and would certainly be a showcase of a home baker's skills.
I believe that the authors' intention was to give enough details for readers to be able to recreate the cupcakes in their own kitchens. I doubt if either my wife or I have enough dexterity or patience to do this, but I'm sure that many readers would enjoy the challenge.
My only disappointment with the book is that there are seven videos that I could not view, instead getting the message "There is video content at this location that is not currently supported by your device." I assume that the video requires Adobe Flash, which is not supported by my Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet. I also tried to view the videos with Kindle for PC, but I got the same message.
Overall, the book was a joy to read and be dazzled by the high quality color photography of cupcake art at its finest.