The world is chock full of cupcake books but I just couldn’t resist the title of this latest addition to the cupcake canon.
Cupcake Decorating Lab conjures up an image of very serious business pasting frosting onto cupcakes whilst wearing goggles and a white lab coat, it made me imagine production lines of cupcakes being churned out of kitchens across the nation.
And indeed we are still churning them out and buying them. Whilst self announced gourmets may scoff anything but cupcakes, these individually crafted sugar topped treats will not be doing away in a hurry.
And this week London’s Time Out blog confirmed just that – whilst baking fashionistas may beg to differ that eclairs (and before them, macarons, cake pops and whoopie pies) are over taking cupcakes as the IT bake, the cold hard facts are that a) cupcakes still sell in far greater quantities than any of their bite size bake companions and b) cupcakes are far easier for even novice bakers to have a bash at.
Cupcake Decorating Lab by Bridget Thibeault starts with very basic techniques to top cupcakes and builds up to more detailed sugarcraft techniques. Included are several tricks I’d not considered before – such as these fab Eiffel towers stamped on sugarpaste using food colouring and stationery stamps.
Top of my list to try are: doughnut style cupcakes (pictured above), push pops and buttercream flowers (shown centre bottom on front cover).
All manner of presentations are covered with cupcake wrappers, giant cupcake cakes and jars; the rear of the book has all the recipes you need to do the projects in the book. The style of the projects leans towards kid friendly and accessible rather than scary mary sugar craft.
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melanie stirling says
I’d be vanilla,pale but smells nice 🙂
Laura Woods says
Oooh… I’d be chocolate orange. A little bit of good, a little bit of bad 😉 you need some balance, right?
Jen @ BlueKitchenBakes says
I would be dark chocolate with a hidden caramel filling because I’m really a big softy at heart!
Plain ol’ vanilla!
Not sure if I commented in the wrong place so to be sure doing it here too…I’d be chocolate definitely! 🙂
Eirini Tas. says
just love cupcakes!
I’d be a courgette cupcake (its the only way I wouldn’t eat myself). 😉
I would be a coffee flavored with chocolate icing.
Charlotte Clark says
Vanilla- subtle but delicious!
Chocolate of course 🙂 I love chocolate 🙂
Aimee Wright says
Vanilla, simple but tasty!
Emma walters (@emmav6) says
strawberry jelly, sweet & a bit wobbly!
Alan C says
Peanut butter as I’m a bit nutty
I would be a chocolate guiness cupcake, rich, sweet a bit of depth and just that little bit naughty!
Mary-Ann Pollard says
I would be a coffee cupcake with vanilla butter frosting with a walnut on top. the coffee as i cant get through a day without it, the vanilla as its classic and the walnut because I’m crazy
conrad edwards says
almond to hide the poison i contain
Chocolate Fudge then I would be irresistible!
chilli vodka! because they’re two of my fave things
Kayleigh Platt says
caramel would be lovely 🙂
Laura foulds says
I would be chocolate orange
g. murphy says
double chocolate because i can be both sweet and bitter
kelly sheanon says
A lemon cupcake!!
Jenna D says
Peanut butter chocolate chip because it is chunky like me.
Tammy Tudor says
chocolate fudge as i have a hard bits but mostly soft 🙂
I would be chocolate as it’s so sweet but then you can also get darker, richer varieties 🙂
Lynsey Buchanan says
a almond cake cos im nutty
bacon and maple syrup cause i’m a sweet ham!
I think I’d be red velvet because I am slightly over dramatic
jenni thorpe says
vanilla, because I’m simple and sweet 🙂
Amy Ripley says
Chocolate because Im sweet!!
Tracey Peach says
Lemon, lovely & fresh
Kathy S says
Red Velvet…rather sophisticated!
Claire lawrence says
I would be vanilla, as I could change my image whenever I felt like it! 😉
Cristina McDowall says
Chocolate (you are what you eat!)
Danielle Vedmore says
Cappuchino – deep, rich and gorgeous – I wish!
Beky Austerberry says
Triple chocolate chip – simply because it is my fave!!
laura jane says
rainbow cake, because it’s hard work haha 😛
choux pastry hearts
Carol Peace says
I would be chocolate because my grandchildren would be able to share !
Kat Glynn says
Sexy Triple Chocolate
Laura Cooper says
Lemon – not everyone’s favourite but natural and zesty!
chestnut pudding with pistachio sprinkles and a raspberry glaze. why– it sounds like it could be delicious.
leanne williams says
I’d be vanilla,pale but smells nice
I’d be salted caramel – sweet but with a little kick!
Aimee @ Violet Femme says
Cherry – sweet but dark
Ursula Bingham says
Chocolate as everyone loves chocolate
Mark Palmer says
Coffee – an acquired taste
Fiona Marshall says
Lemon because I can be refreshing and slightly sharp
tam payne says
pineapple – I’m tropical but I can be a bit difficult at times.
Alice Hindley says
A fruity one – nudge nudge say no more!
James Donovan says
White Chocolate and Strawberry, amazing flavours
Joanna Sawka says
Lani Nash says
chocolate because i’m just delicious 😉
Vanilla, because I’m nice and gentle :}
Chocolate and peanut butter, because I’m sweet but nutty! 😀
Ali Thorpe says
Chocolate and dark orange because I’m fruity, smooth and perfectly sweet!
Annette Hanley says
Caramel and nut Smooth on the outside but has a unexpected bite.
Pam ml says
Something pink, probably strawberry cos i’m sweet and at my best in the summer!
Anthony Webster says
I would have to vanilla, as everybody loves this flavour!
Kelly Tobin says
Chocolate, always chocolate!
Hannah Whitling says
Lemon, Fresh and fairly popular with most people and easy to get on with.
Kelly West says
Lemon, because I aspire to be fresh, zingy & refreshing 🙂
Elaine Savage says
chocolate becuase no-one can resist me!
Vanilla cupcakes! I love the smell of vanilla
I’d be coffee because I drink so much of it!
Helen t says
Dark chocolate and blackcurrant – slightly sharp but still irresistable
I’d be a fairy cupcake because I am girly and I love cute things!
Rose flavoured – positioned between two thorns!
Jayne K says
Grapefruit – unusual, not to everyone’s taste but surprisingly nice.
I’d be a lemon drizzle cupcake, because I’m sweet & sour too 🙂
Hazel Rea says
Hazelnut – nutty by name, nutty by nature!
Alisa Moore says
Brazil nut – nutty and exotic