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Hey There, Cupcake! 35 Yummy Fun Cupcake Recipes for All Occasions Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings
ISBN:0971793565
LANGUAGE:English

" Cute ideas, and a great gift for a cupcake loving baker like myself. " said.

" Cute ideas, and a great gift for a cupcake loving baker like myself. " said.

"Great book many good ideas, out grandchildren have enjoyed the variety of cupcakes and enjoy looking through the book and picking out which ones to make." said.

"Excellent cupcake recipes if you bake the simple options, however some of them are SO inventive, I've not heard of many of the ingredients! I'd consider myself somewhat of a novice and perhaps that's why.

Still, the book is ALWAYS mounted in a book holder in my kitchen and turned to different pages every week, displaying the sweet and fun photographs. I'd recommend it just for the pictures alone. Clare Crespo is a masterful baker, indeed. And her photographer did the little cakes quite a lot of justice.
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"I could have made the designs by looking at the pictures.

The print is small,not even standard size type.

Then they do things like green type on green pages.VERY hard to read.

Cindy
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"I think I found my new favorite book. I make and sell customized cakes [...] so it is absolutely amazing to see all of these ideas I never would have thought of!" said.

"After buying Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule, I was inspired and eager to try some new recipes (I'm not vegan, after all!). I was very disappointed with this book; it's very light on recipes, and heavy on elaborate, time-consuming decorations that typically involve ingredients that will either be hard to find in your local grocery stores (so you'll need to buy them through the mail), or are inconvenient (such as all-green Fruit Roll-ups). The emphasis is on using basic cake recipes and dressing them up with lots on processed candies and artificially colored and flavored additions; the resulting combination is a cupcake that looks too good to eat, and tastes like an odd mishmash of the various decorative components used when you do. In spite of the title, this is really not a recipe book, but is more of a funky home-decorator's guide to cupcakes.

Some of these cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous; others seem rather random, or as though the author was running out of ideas in the end (several pages devoted to clock-face cupcakes?). While they may be "kid-friendly" to eat, most will not be kid-friendly to make, given the precision necessary to recreate the elaborate designs. You're also going to need some new tips for your pastry bag to frost a lot of these. A big problem that I had with this book is that the designs are so elaborate that it quickly becomes impractical to make more than a few of them; if you've got a bake sale coming up, or need to make a large batch for a potluck, many of these recipes won't be practical.

Many other reviewers seem to have loved this book, but I found it to be a bit of a disappointment. The author is clearly a very creative person, and I will certainly be trying some of the "recipes" as I expand my cupcake resume'. However, the emphasis on image over flavor and the time-consuming nature of a lot of these will probably keep the book on the shelf more often than on my counter-top. Definitely give this one a test-drive at your local library first.
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"I wanted to love this book. I really, really did. I mean, c'mon - the cover is just so darn CUTE. But I must say, I was rather disappointed. First, it's somewhat misleading to say "35 recipes". There are only a few actual recipes for cupcakes. I can't remember how many off the top of my head, but I'm thinking less than 10. Then there are a few frosting recipes. And the rest of the book is basically, "Use X cupcake recipe paired with Y frosting recipe and then decorate according to my instructions." To be accurate, it should be more like, "35 creative decorating ideas to turn an ordinary cupcake into a work of art". Yes, it's cute (though I don't know if I could ever make it through a whole batch of cupcakes decorating to the degree that she does), but it's not really much of a recipe book. I agree with the others who have said you can just get your favorite cupcake recipe and look at the pictures on the cover and do your own designs without spending the extra money for the book itself." said.

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