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Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
Hello Cupcake Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make Author:Karen Tack, Alan (Chef) Richardson Witty, one-of-a-kind imaginative cupcake designs using candies from the local convenience store. Americas favorite food photography team, responsible for the covers of Americas 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 tec... more »hniques, even the most kitchen-challenged cooks can raise a big-top circus cupcake tier for a kids 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 Fools 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.« less
Susan D S. (Olivia44) - , reviewed Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make on
Helpful Score: 4
This book is a feast for the eyes and for the imagination. Be prepared, though, for a lot of hard work. The designs are easy, but you can't make them look like the pictures in the book first time out. Some of the cupcakes are labor intensive, but the reaction from the recipient makes it all worthwhile. I had problems finding some supplies, but I hit the supply store at a bad time and their inventory was low. I've made a couple of these cupcakes, and plan for more.
This has some very cute and unique ideas! The pictures are great. Some of the ideas are practical and easy. But some use things like marshmallows, doughnut holes, graham crackers and things I don't think are practical for cupcakes you actually EAT. However, the best part of this book IMO is that it really covers wonderful tips with step by step instructions and pictures on how to decorate; such as edging cupcakes, making leaves and petals, making fur, making multi colored frosting, how to fill ziploc bags and cut corner tips for different designs. With these instructions and the creative ideas in pictures, you can use your imagination to make any awesome thing you want!
Lee P. (copiousreader) reviewed Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make on
This is the most fun, creative, and charming cupcake decorating book that I have come across. The designs are phenomenal, and the authors show you how to create each design, step-by-step. They have a supply list for each type of cupcake (so you don't go into the grocery store trying to figure out what you need, without much guidance), and there are a few basic techniques that they repeat, but to create different effects. So, for example, you might use a cookie for a panda head, or you might use it to make the beagle ears.
The book also has a 2-page spread to show you how to create "an expression" when putting a face on the cupcake - 8 different hair styles, 8 different types of eyes and 8 different types of mouth.
This is primarily a design book, NOT a cookbook, although the authors provide a few recipes in the back for a basic cupcake and frosting. Even with the fantastic pictures (the book is loaded with them) and the wonderful instructions, making cupcakes like this takes a lot of time and love. There's no way around that, so please don't fault the book if you find that the learning curve is steep, or that it's taking you hours to decorate the 40 cupcakes that you promised to bake for your grand-child's first grade class!