Friday, August 10, 2012

5 new cupcake/cake pop books

"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already."
― Dave Barry

Mmm, cake! Who doesn't like cake? Strange people, that's who *makes with the frowny face* And who can resist adorable looking cupcakes and cake pops? Possibly, I've never tried very hard, but come on, look at these covers and tell me you don't want to either eat them or make them? Cupcakes I can handle. Cake pops not so much. They're quite fiddly and detailed, and I am so not a details person. When my nephews were younger, we used to bake cupcakes or biscuits on a Saturday, but I know for a fact that ours never looked like this. So go, shoo *makes shooing motions* read and request and make ALL OF THE SWEETS. And if you DO make some, take a picture and send it in. Bon appetit!

It's a cupcake party! / text and photography by Elisabeth Antoine and Elizabeth Cunningham Herring
A native of France, Elisabeth Antoine studied art in Paris and today expresses her creativity in a wide variety of ways from cupcake decorating to canvas and mural painting. She owns a decorative-painting company babymuralsbydesign.com and works with the Able Baker shop in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she lives with her two children. Elizabeth Cunningham Herring is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Avenue Magazine, Westchester Home Magazine, Working Mother Magazine,and Matters Magazine. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her husband and two daughters.

Cake pops : delightful cakes for every occasion / Francis Van Arkel.
Be Sweet is a charming new series from Sellers Publishing. Cupcake Whimsy celebrates the continued popularity of cupcakes and the spirit of handcrafted fun food with delightful, easy-to-make cupcake fondant toppers that are sure to be crowd pleasers at any event. Cupcake Whimsy includes 12 recipe combinations with 12 different fillings hidden inside the cupcake. The book features step- by-step instructions and photographs for each creation, and no special tools are required! These books deliver exceptional content at an excellent price!

Special cupcakes / Wendy Sweetser
This gorgeous new book contains over 50 recipes for exciting, new and special cupcakes. There are cupcakes for festive celebrations such as Christmas, parties, Valentine's Day, Weddings and Baby Showers as well as recipes for cupcakes using interesting ingredients and unusual flavours. There is also a chapter on not-so-quilty treats such as carrot, orange and cinnamon cupcakes and beetroot and bitter chocolate cupcakes. Recipes include: Caribbean mango and palm sugar, Coconut with passion fruit icing, Peach melba, Tiramisu, Chocca-mocha with peppermint frosting, Blueberry and vanilla yogurt and Strawberry daiguiri. A basics section covers essential equipment, ingredients and decorations as well as basic recipes and techniques, decorating tips and packaging and presentation ideas.

175 best babycakes cake pops recipes / Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss
With the invention of the Babycakes(TM) Cake Pop Maker, an ingenious and wildly popular appliance category has taken the retail marketplace by storm. These delightful and creative recipes have been created specifically for use in this appliance and feature chapters on cake pop classics, decorating and dips, cake pop favorites, desserts and sweets, glazes, dips and fillings, donuts, Ebelskivers (traditional Danish pancakes -- a cross between American pancakes and a popover), muffins, appetizers, savory nibbles and show stoppers which are ideal for parties and gifts and come with gorgeous presentations and packaging suggestions.

Push-up pops / Courtney Dial Whitmore ; photographs by Kyle Dreier
A well-known stylist and writer in the field of party design and decor, Courtney Dial knows what's hot! Capitalizing on the popular trend of push-up pops, Courtney's love of entertaining turns Push-Up Pops into the perfect party resource. These treats use the ordinary off-the-shelf clear plastic molds but transform them into frozen fruit Popsicles, cake and pudding parfaits, cupcakes and 40 other treats. These beautiful layers are sweet additions to any party!

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