Hello, Cupcake! features recipes and instruction for irresistibly playful creations anyone can make. This is the perfect book for special party and holiday cupcake treats.
Format: Softcover, 230 pages.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Author: Karen Tack, Alan (Chef) Richardson
Description: With just a handful of candies, a can of frosting, a ziplock bag, and some cupcake batter, you are on your way to having fun with those pesky Buttinskys next door, planting a garden of spring vegetables so sweet even the kids will eat them, or turning your next pool party into a shark attack. When the mailman tires of your snarling dog, meet him at the end of the drive with a terrier cupcake before he goes postal. If your son brings home a D in biology, send him to school with a platter of insect cupcakes to show he's ready to get down to business. Want to see the inside of your new neighbor's house? Send her a bouquet of sunflower cupcakes to break the ice.
Make our cupcakes for a holiday or a special event, and they'll provide the entertainment. Play an April Fool's trick on the family with a cupcake TV dinner. At the neighborhood Halloween party, hand out alien cupcakes oozing with neon frosting and sitting in their own spaceships. When you want a little more sophistication, our black and white cupcakes are refined enough to serve with champagne.
All this is easy: honest. Forget the complicated pastry techniques and expensive decorating supplies. You can find almost everything for these projects at your local grocery store, drugstore, or even a gas-station convenience store (which often has some of the most extensive selections of candies). M&M's work equally well as noses, eyes, or ears. A circus peanut candy transforms into a horse's head, or a clown's floppy shoe. For finishing your designs, a ziplock bag makes a great disposable piping bag.
You don't need any baking skills to make these projects either. We've come up with a simple formula for doctoring a cake mix. No one will suspect you didn't make these cupcakes from scratch, and they have a uniformly firm surface that won't pull apart when you frost them. And as for the frosting, we have yet to find a homemade one that has the versatility of canned. Store-bought frostings take well to tinting, making it simple to create vibrant colors. They were born for microwaving, melting into a consistently smooth texture for dipping.
We've also provided recipes for the simplest, most delicious homemade cupcakes possible, as well as for some of the best-tasting frostings you'll ever find.
So find a project that tickles your fancy, grab a bag or two of candy, and get ready to put your smile into overdrive. It's time to get this party started.
Condition: Cover's top right corner tip his slightly creased. Further good condition.