Every parent of a young child needs to have this cupcake decorating book in their personal library! What's New, Cupcake? is filled with breathtaking designs for every occasion. Authors Karen Tack and Alan Richardson deliver page after page of simply stunning photographs of confectionery feats. In nine chapters, the authors guide the reader from the basics on how to bake a firm cupcake (the secret ingredient is buttermilk) to selecting decorating supply and tools, and recipes to decorate eye catching cupcakes. The book ends with advice on how to manipulate box cake mixes into a variety of unique flavors, as well as an "almost homemade butter cream frosting" and variations to that.
No one can deny that the authors delivered "ingeniously simple designs for every occasion." While some decorating recipes are more intricate than others, such as the Pork Lo Mein cupcake, every chapter includes at least one "EZ" decorating idea. My only criticism of this book is that these cupcakes are meant to be looked at, and not eaten. Who wants to eat a cupcake decorated in strips of Wrigley's Wintermint gum or Circus Peanuts and Laffy Taffy? Cupcakes covered in candy is essentially the backbone of each recipe.
What's New, Cupcake? serves as a wonderful inspiration to be a little more creative with how you frost and decorate cupcakes. Elementary school children with enjoy the aesthetic of the cupcakes and will be able to have their cake and eat the candy, too.
What's New, Cupcake
Karen Tack & Alan Richardson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Paperback - April 1, 2010