Sunday, May 31, 2009

Martha Stewart's Cupcakes

Martha Stewart's Cupcakes is on bookshelves Tuesday! Be sure to pick up your copy and get baking!

Book description: Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated, cupcakes are the treats that make everyone smile, and are increasing in popularity. They have become the star attraction for special days like birthdays, showers and holidays, as well as perfect everyday treats. In Martha Stewart's Cupcakes, the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine share 175 inspired cupcake recipes - with cakes, frostings, fillings, toppings and embellishments that can be mixed and matched to produce just the right cupcake for any occasion. Alongside traditional recipes like buttermilk cupcakes swirled with fluffy vanilla icing and devil's food cupcakes crowned with rich, dark chocolate frosting, there are also sweet surprises like peanut-butter-and-jelly cupcakes, dainty delights like almond-cherry tea cakes and festive showstoppers topped with marzipan ladybugs and candy clowns.

The 350-page book features cupcakes for every event and every season: celebrations (monogrammed heart cupcakes, perfect for an elegant wedding), birthdays (starfish cupcakes), holidays (ghoulish cupcakes for Halloween) and everyday cupcakes for casual entertaining or after-school fun (red-velvet cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting, caramel-filled chocolate cupcakes.)

In singular Martha Stewart style, the pages of the book are stunningly designed to be both useful and inspiring to the reader and home cook. Each recipe has a photograph of the completed confection and is paired with helpful how-to information, including step-by-step instructions, illustrative photographs demonstrating various procedures and creative ideas for packaging and presenting your cupcakes as gifts or at gatherings. Whether for any day or special days, the treats in Martha Stewart's Cupcakes are sure to delight! (It also makes a wonderful companion volume to Martha Stewart's Cookies.)

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