Just when you thought desserts could not become any more decadent than the cookies you learned to make with Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share, the brand outdoes itself with a second book in the series that is all about cupcakes. Martha Stewart's Cupcakes is a reasonably priced, user-friendly, beautifully illustrated softcover cookbook that should be a staple in the kitchen of both novice and experienced chefs.
The recipes are divided into categories based upon the theme of the treats. For example, recipes for chocolate chip cupcakes and zucchini-spice are found in the chapter on swirled and sprinkled, and sticky toffee pudding and coconut rum-raisin recipes are found in the chapter about desserts that are dipped and glazed. “Simple and sweet” includes the recipes for marble cupcakes and those that are chocolate- and flour-free.
Instructions on how to make mint-filled brownie cupcakes and amaretto-pineapple are found in the filled and layered chapter, and the directions for snicker doodle and s'mores cupcakes are found in “piped and topped.” Coconut chicks, clowns, or flowers will be the ideal dessert for birthday parties, and holidays and celebrations will be unique with New Year's clock cupcakes, marshmallow turkeys, and cupcakes that look like wreaths.
This cookbook has a lot to offer since it includes recipes to match every occasion. Also, since some of the recipes combine basic ingredients to create the cupcake classics while others require more advanced equipment and baking techniques, the book will appeal to people at all levels of culinary skill.
Martha Stewart's Cupcakes is a well-rounded and practical cookbook that offers dozens of opportunities for the creation of unique and universally loved desserts.