What's New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion

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The endlessly imaginative duo who turned cupcaking into a national pastime is back, with utterly new, eye-popping creations anyone can make.

• Create a cupcake race car, a cupcake robot, or ravishing ring bling cupcakes for a birthday party.
• Surprise the family with Chinese takeout dinner cupcakes on April Fool's or serve up a goofy chocolate moose.
• Captivate Mom with a bouquet of long-stemmed mum ...

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Overview

The endlessly imaginative duo who turned cupcaking into a national pastime is back, with utterly new, eye-popping creations anyone can make.

• Create a cupcake race car, a cupcake robot, or ravishing ring bling cupcakes for a birthday party.
• Surprise the family with Chinese takeout dinner cupcakes on April Fool's or serve up a goofy chocolate moose.
• Captivate Mom with a bouquet of long-stemmed mum cupcakes.
• Build sand castle cupcakes with the kids.
All you need are candies from the corner store, cake mix, and canned frosting.
 
So what is new, Cupcake?
• Lots of "EZ" projects that use just a few ingredients—perfect for kids and parties.
• More pictures, brighter colors, bolder designs.
• More faux-food creations—so real you won't believe they're cupcakes!
• More comical critters and the cutest pets ever!
• More irresistible party centerpieces to celebrate hobbies, from golf to knitting.
• More spectacular holiday cupcakes: Valentine's, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
 
You'll end up with cupcakes so striking that you won't want to eat them—but so delicious you'll have no choice!

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Publishers Weekly
The authors of Hello, Cupcake are back, this time with the promise of simpler recipes. Relying on doctored, store-bought cake mixes and the option of canned frostings, recipe time is used primarily for assembling and decorating cupcakes that take the form of animals, food items, and holiday-inspired scenes. The TOC may leave readers guessing recipe selections with chapter names such as “I Thought You Ordered Chocolate Moose” and “The House that Boo Built,” but the unconventional names embody the playful spirit of this title. Basic techniques, including filling cupcake liners and frosting cupcakes, are explained, and recipes are formatted into clear, easy-to-understand numbered steps accompanied by full-color photos. Kids and adults alike will find joy in the many artful creations, including a “pizza” supported by cupcakes and topped with fruit “pepperoni”; a banana split with cupcakes in the form of ice cream scoops, and Chinese takeout complete with Tootsie Roll broccoli florets. This is an innovative title that doesn't hold back. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Baking purists might snub Tack and Richardson's use of store-bought mixes and canned frostings as building blocks for their creations, but there is no denying the results. Both cookbooks are inventive, clever, and perfect for beginner bakers who want to take a walk on the wild and wacky side of cake decorating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547241814
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 227
  • Sales rank: 279,564
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Called “the cake whisperer” by Gourmet, KAREN TACK is a cooking teacher and food stylist. Her work can be seen on the covers of Gourmet , Bon Appétit , Good Housekeeping , Family Circle , Woman’s Day , Martha Stewart Living , Parents , Real Simple , Nick Jr ., and many others.

Fellow creator ALAN RICHARDSON has photographed dozens of best-selling cookbooks, and his work appears in many leading food and women's magazines. He is the coauthor of The Breath of a Wok, which won two coveted awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Too Cute

    What I found the most striking about What's New Cupcake is the photography by Alan Richardson. The pictures are so vibrant and colorful that they almost seem to jump off the pages. This is a good-sized book, at about 9" x 10", so they are also nice sized and detailed photos. The cover photo with the "Rubber Duckies" cupcakes is too cute for words.

    What's New Cupcake starts out like a craft book with a list of needed materials and tools. Nothing unusual is needed and most are items that would be already on hand, except for the variety of colorful candies. The instructions for decorating the cupcakes are clear and the Karen Tack's designs are fun and very decorative.

    The first chapter, April Fools Play, has cupcakes that look like something entirely different. How about cupcakes that look like a sub sandwich or a banana split? There are sections with ideas for all of the major holidays and party ideas for children and grown-ups.

    Just a couple of examples of the design titles are:

    Busy Bees (a honeycomb of cupcakes)
    Mum's the Word (beautiful flower cupcakes)
    Fur Balls and String Monsters (You have to see it!)
    Shower Heads (baby faces)
    Knit One, Frost Two (knitting needles and yarn - my personal favorite)

    Along with the decorating instructions there are quick dressed up cake mix recipes for cupcakes, frosting, and sugar cookies.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    So sweet! :P

    I read this in a cupcake design class and I am DIEING to get my hands on it! I love the pictures and templates. The author (Karen Tack) wrote the book so well. The reader can understand exactly what to do, wether you're an expert baker or just beggining.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    OMG SO COOL

    this is awesome! the cupcakes are so cute, i saw the paper-version but this is a little cheaper!!! a must-have for every baker

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Awesome

    This book is awesome i love the pizza one

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!

    I looked at the cover and knewit would be an amazing book and it was. I totally reccomend this book! It is great for party cupcake ideas. Enjoy!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This book is SO easy to understand. It has step by step instructions along with the pictures on how to do things. It has pictures of the essential tools to make your cupcake creating easier. I was supprised to see the simple things they used to creat such awesome cupcakes. Most things are things you already have or can find very easily. They even help you develop ideas of your own. I'm extremely glad I purchased this book. I have children and they think these cupcakes are amazing!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    beautiful123

    omg. i saw this book at my bookfair and fell in love with the covrr. so i started to read it. when i saw the cupcakes,i had to gt the book. bit it was too expensive. so i look it up on my nook nd the price was cheaper. i recomend his book to anyon wo loves to cook!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED--GREAT FUN!

    I originally bought the book for my niece and by the time I got to the register I had decided to keep it for myself! I was instantly hooked by the clear directions and love the easy to find items to make the cupcakes. No need to buy specialty items. They make it easy for you to substitute items. I've promoted the book to all who would listen. I also went back and bought a second copy to give to my niece.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    festive and fun

    This book is fun for rainy day activities for kids - some of the cupcake designs are intermediate but overall, kids can assist and then be tickled with the outcome. There are many clever uses for candy items - it really opens the window for silly creative fun. We enjoy it so much I have actually started giving them as gifts to other moms.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Super Book!

    This is a great book for anyone interested in new ideas done in a simple way. Pictures offer great detail and recipes are easy to follow. There is something for all skill levels in this book, and the pictures are just fun.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Creative!!!!!!!!

    I love this book but only the non ebook version.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    No name, please

    The text is tiny in some places and big in others. It repeats information a lot. Nice pictures, but not really worth it. Beware.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    One of the best cupcake decorating books ever! I received this b

    One of the best cupcake decorating books ever! I received this book as a gift when I opened my very own cupcake decorating business and I have found it extremely helpful. The illustrations are very vibrant and the directions are very clear. You don't have to be a professional to recreate the things in this book. Very awesome ideas. I would recommend this book to anyone with a little patience and the ambition to be a cupcaker.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Easy enough for kids!

    I got this book because I love decorating cakes and the instructions and pictures made it so easy to follow and do, even though I was only ten!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Great!!"!"

    Love this boook but you need to be skilled to make these cute cupcaakes!!! Overall i would say yes to anyone who wants this awesome book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    So cute!!!!

    All the recipes r soo cute. I definately recommend 4 all cupcake lovers. :-D

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Awsome awsome awsome!

    Delicious, yummy, and fun recipes to share with friends. Also they are fun to eat and make. Easy to follow too!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    Do Not Down Load

    After reading reviews I bought this cupcake book. I am very disappointed in the text and quality of the book after down loading it. Not worth the money... The pictures in the book have text surrounding them but the print is so small not able to read them clearly. Would not download.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    great!

    I thought this book was amazing it has wonderful cupcakes that are easy to bake! I loved it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    adorable!!!!!!!

    they taste, look and feel fantastic!! i would recoment this 2 anyone who has the time 2 make them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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