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

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

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by Karen Tack, Alan Richardson

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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


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!

Editorial Reviews

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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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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What's New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Megan Ballard More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome i love the pizza one
Elizabeth Hanover More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
bakerinthemaking More than 1 year ago
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!!
Denise McMullan More than 1 year ago
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!
scrappin More than 1 year ago
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.
SixInTheMorning More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but only the non ebook version.
Life_is_Sweet More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Jill Skibel More than 1 year ago
Delicious, yummy, and fun recipes to share with friends. Also they are fun to eat and make. Easy to follow too!
KeepReadingAlive More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are some of the most creative ideas I've ever seen for cupcakes. Most of the concepts are easy to execute...but there are a few that I'd call advanced and for more expert artists. I made several concepts from the first book "Hello Cupcake" - we had so much fun at the table when they were served...everyone oohed and ahhed. I was incredibly excited to see the next version "What's New Cupcake" and the ideas in this book didn't disappoint. Kudos to the authors for being so creative and giving detailed descriptions to make awesome looking treats for adults and kids!
Madsgal More than 1 year ago
The photos are great. The instructions a easy to follow. I find these two aspects of the book to be very important in a book like this. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best cupcake books ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS BOOK!! It is good for tweens that love to cook. It has such cute cupecakes!! My personal favorite is the apple a day.
KW3003 More than 1 year ago
My little Grandaughter just loves this book. She is a little chef in the making. It is a great gift for children. The illustrations are great!!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing it has wonderful cupcakes that are easy to bake! I loved it!
Sydney Heydt More than 1 year ago
This is a great cupcake book for almost any event but if u get this I also reccomend getting Hello Cupcake.
FireRaven9 More than 1 year ago
I really liked "Hello, Cupcake." Now I can add this one to the list. The book is great for getting ideas for parties or movie night. There is a large photo for each cupcake and clear instructions for how to recreate it. The back of the book has good recipes for cake batter and frosting, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only did I enjoy looking thru this cupcake book before I gave it to my daughter-in-law, my grandchildren loved looking at the book also. There are so many imaginative ways to decorate cupcakes in this book. The ideas will be great for family and friends both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had purchased the first Hello, Cupcake book two years ago and have used it on multiple special occasions for my kids' events and birthdays. Everyone loves the "faux food" cupcakes and although almost every design is time consuming it is well worth the effort. The authors give detailed, helpful instructions and if you follow them the cupcakes really do turn out like the pictures in the book. When I saw they had a new book out I had to buy it immediately. Lots of great new ideas I can't wait to try. The authors are truely talented artists.