Thursday, 29 September 2011

10,000 Cupcakes

No, don’t worry, I haven’t been on a huge baking spree. 10,000 Cupcakes is the name of a brand new baking book by Susanna Tee that I was recently sent by Ivy Press.
10,000 cupcakes The book is a flip book, with the pages split into three separate sections – a cupcake recipe, an icing recipe and an idea for how to decorate the cupcake. These pages are interchangeable so you can mix and match different flavours and eventually choose a page from each different section that you most like. There’s 23 ideas in each section ranging from the classic to a bit different. For the cupcakes it ranges from Lemon to Doughnut cupcakes, for the icing from Vanilla to Pineapple butter flavours. I chose to make the Apple and Almond Cupcakes with Penuche Frosting, decorated with Sprinkles._DSC0445I chose to halve the recipe which I later half regretted as the results were so delicious we could have easily eaten a full batch very quickly! The recipes were easy to follow and created very moreish results. The cupcake was very soft and tender, almost muffin like with the involvement of the fruit. The Penuche icing was not a flavour I’d heard of before which was why I wanted to try it. I learnt that penuche is a type of fudge, so this icing just involved melting together butter and brown sugar and then beating in icing sugar. It was thick and very sweet and I thought worked nicely with the apple base – the finished products were like toffee apple flavours in cake form! I chose simple sprinkles for decoration but there were lots of ideas in the book, from lavender sprigs to crushed cookies to crystallized rose petals._DSC0438I think this book would be a great gift because it is fun and light hearted but the recipes are still interesting and actually work. I also think it’s good for inspiration, mixing new flavours or ideas and creating something unique. I think the book would benefit from real pictures of the food as there’s only one at the very start, but the cartoons are still fun. Plus, as the title suggests, there are 10,000 ways to combine all the different ideas so it’ll keep you busy for a while! Ivy Press have kindly agreed to give away another copy of this lovely little book – all you have to do is comment on this post by the 7th October saying you’d like a copy and I'll pick a winner with a random number generator! Good Luck everybody!
Book credits:
10,000 Cupcakes
Susanna Tee
ISBN: 978-1-907332-85-2
Price: £9.99
The Ivy Press
www.ivypress.co.uk
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Disclaimer: Ivy Press sent me this book for free but all opinions and words are my own.
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12 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a fun book! Your cupcakes look really lovely.

Cheers,

Rosa

The Caked Crusader said...

Ah, I'd seen the title and wondered how it could be that many - the fact it's mix and match explains it. Looks a great book and your cupcakes look great too!

La Table De Nana said...

The book looks so cute!! I will see if it could be available in Canada:) Thank you and your cupcakes.

Kezia said...

I'd like a copy! Looks like a really fun book and your cupcakes look amazing!

Marie said...

Lucy, I am glad to see you are still baking! Everything looks so lovely, especially the plum tart just below this post. This cookbook looks great too. I love that you can flip things around and create your own cupcakes. Happy Baking!

Amee said...

That is such an adorable little book, my five year daughter would love it. She loves baking and makes me read recipes to her instead of fairy stories at bedtime.

It looks like you had great fun with it.

thelittleloaf said...

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. This cookbook looks like so much fun - love the idea of chopping and changing the icings and fillings in the flip book format. I'd love to win a copy if there are any still up for grabs :-)

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

Cupcakes - ahhh. You really can't go wrong with individual servings of cake and frosting. Looks delicious!! :)

Four Teaspoons said...

Hi there! Love your blog I hope I can get mine this good one day! If you get a minute would you check out mine that I've just started http://fourteaspoons.blogspot.com/ :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a fun book, and the cupcakes you made from them looks just adorable! Awesome job!
*kisses* HH

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What a wonderful book!! your cupcakes look so delicous - love your blog - just found you and I'm signing up to follow you - so looking foward to visiting again!
Mary

Sue Burton said...

Hi - love reading your blog. I'd love a copy of the book if there's one up for grabs! Keep blogging!