June 2, 2009

Cupcakes by Martha Stewart: Review

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For everything there is a season and every season there is a cupcake...isn't that how it goes? Well, if you a pick up Martha Stewart's Cupcakes you would think so. There truly is a cupcake for every season.

I'm no stranger to the cupcake. I looooove cupcakes. Not only are they delicious, but they are the most portable handmade snack. Great for kids' parties or school events. I even made my daughter a cupcake birthday cake one year. So me and cupcakes are old pals. But I've never seen so many different cupcakes in one place like Cupcakes. There are 175 cupcake ideas in this book. I could make cupcakes every week for a year at least. (I wonder how many times I can write 'cupcakes'?!)

Anyhow about the book, there are lots of cupcake recipes. There are cupcakes for everyday and fancy ones for special occasions. There are cupcakes for birthdays and holidays. Each cupcake is a tiny work of art- you can really get creative. There are even slightly healthy ones like allergen and wheat free ones. Let's be clear though, this is no diet book. Lots of butter, eggs and sugar are in most of the recipes. They are a yummy indulgence!

Besides recipes for the cupcakes themselves, there are recipes for the icing and tips on how to decorate and display them.

Now I couldn't do a review of Cupcakes without trying a couple of recipes. First I made the Marble Cupcakes and then the One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes. I made them with my daughter. We had a good time baking together. Here's a photo of the One Bowl Chocolate ones. We made them in mini-cupcake tins.

I definitely recommend this cookbook.

Thanks to Random House for the review copy.

16 comments :

  1. You have my mouth salivating Chris!! I think I need to get this cookbook :p I love cupcakes!! And the ones you made are just gorgeous!

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  2. Mmm those look delicious - how many did you eat in the end?

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  3. Your cupcakes are gorgeous - prettier than the one Martha featured on her cover. I want that book!!!

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  4. Dang you! Now I'm DYING for a cupcake!

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  5. Chris- Thank you! They were good.

    Jodie- Thousands?! lol! It felt like it. I made them mini to make it seem like we were eating less. It must have been 3 dozen. I sent my girl to school with some and it was hardly a dent.

    Kathy- Aw thanks!

    Jen- Sorry. You have an excuse though ;)

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  6. Ooooh, I *love* cupcakes. The best ones I've ever had are from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World cookbook (I've got a friend who's allergic to milk, so the vegan recipes work great.) They are simply fantastic... although it looks like I'll have to track down a copy of this cookbook to compare!

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  7. I love cupcakes way too much to ever buy a book like this. It would be a really bad move. Glad you had fun!

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  8. I love cupcakes, too & I've just purchased my copy of Martha Stewart's Cupcakes.

    I have written a page about it at Martha Stewart Cupcakes Book Review if you'd care to visit and leave your opinion! (I have quoted you and also left a link to your blog on my page.)

    I cannot wait to get into the kitchen and make some cupcakes. Yours look yummy!

    Brenda

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  9. I'm a cupcake fan too! Thanks for the review.

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  10. Those are gorgeous cupcakes - just gorgeous. Not to mention mouthwatering. Now I'm hungry for cupcakes. This looks like a great book.

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  11. I have a Martha Stewart Baking cookbook from the library right now and I've made about 15 of the recipes. I'm just out of control! I would hate to think what would happen if I got my hands on this one!

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  12. I really don't like Martha Steward but I do love cupcakes! Sounds like a great book.

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  13. Oh mercy! I'm drooling already. These look delicious, and I think I put on 10 pounds just thinking about this book.

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  14. Oh yum, I must get this one! I love cupcakes too! Is there anyone who doesn't?? :-)

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  15. Fyrefly- I'm glad everyone can enjoy cupcakes.

    Nicole- I know, when I started looking through it, I thought "uh oh."

    Brenda- Thanks for the link. I tried to leave a comment on your site, but I don't know if it took.

    Stephanie- You're welcome!

    Belle- Thanks, they were good!

    Kris- Don't worry she's not really in the book except for the foreword.

    Andi- Yes, I had to hit the treadmill hard after eating them.

    Joanna- I can't imagine anyone not!

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  16. Your cupcakes look gorgeous! And I agree that cupcakes are the ideal portable snack for kids - mine love them (even the healthy ones) :)

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