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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