Martha Stewart's Cupcakes Book Review

Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat

I waited anxiously for June 2nd, 2009, the date when Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book was released and I was not disappointed.

I had used many of her recipes before including one for cupcakes that she demonstrated on her show several years ago called Billy's Vanilla Vanilla. Arguably, this was not her recipe but rather one from a bakery called Billy's Bakery in New York City. However, it was delicious, as the recipes in her Cupcakes cookbook have proven to be.

Mine are not always pretty like Martha's or yours, but they are usually yummy and, in my house, where live two hungry teenage boys with myself and one hungry man, presentation takes the back seat or even the trunk, to taste.

"Hot, Hot, Hot," that is how I would describe cupcakes right now. They are very trendy and people are craving them. (Is that a surprise to you?) According to Martha's website, 'cupcake' is one of the most searched for terms on their site! It is not surprising then that she decided to create this cookbook that features 175 recipes for little cakes and their frostings, fillings and toppings. The book includes classic recipes like devil's food and unusual recipes like peanut butter and jelly ones. Naturally, each recipe features a full-color photograph and lots of ideas for decorating and presenting it as only she knows how to do.

The book is a paperback book with 352 pages packed full of great ideas. There is, of course, an introduction from Martha herself. Then there is a section called Cupcakes for Any Day which takes up the greater part of the book (the recipes) and includes numerous sub-sections according to the type of cupcake.

If you weren't already hungry when you picked up this book, you will be once you've read the introduction in which Martha tells the story of asking her guests what cupcakes mean to them.

If the adjectives in the introduction don't make you hungry, the great pictures throughout this book certainly will. I'll admit to really wanting a chocolate one - the Devil's Food one. I also find the sound of the Strawberry and the Lemon Meringue ones tempting, albeit for wildly different reasons. The strawberry one is tempting because it is absolutely beautiful but the lemon meringue one is tempting because of my previous experience with Martha's Mile-High Lemon Meringue soup, oops, I mean pie. (Find that story here.) I will definitely have to try the lemon recipe because I know I will be successful with them.

See you
in the kitchen!

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Please note this page was originally written in 2009 and published on another website.

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