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Hello, Cupcake!

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  10,416 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Witty, one-of-a-kind imaginative cupcake designs using candies from the local convenience store.

America's favorite food photography team, responsible for the covers of America's top magazines, shows how to create funny, scary, and sophisticated masterpieces, using a zipper lock bag and common candies and snack items. With these easy-to-follow techniques, even the most kit
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 31st 2009 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published April 24th 2008)
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
I bought this hoping to find some cute Halloween cupcakes to make. I usually like to make some sort of cake for the younger relatives as they make the rounds on Halloween and it was getting harder to find ideas. I feel like I hit the jackpot! There are a lot of cute Halloween cupcakes, but there are plenty of ideas for all kind of occasions too. By the time I get through experimenting, the family may be tired of cupcakes! I will say that they give instructions for cutting the corners of a Ziploc ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just adore this book! ANYONE can learn to make fantastically designed cupcakes with store-bought items. While the authors rely heavily on plastic bags that are cut to shape for decorating, I defintely prefer my disposable frosting bags and metal tips. Store bought frosting is fine for decorating but, I think, too soft for much detail on the cupcakes and in the summer would wilt like President Bush up against the banking industry. Either make your own using Wilton's decorating recipe or buy a t ...more
This is the best book on cupcakes I've seen. It's beautifully illustrated with easy directions. Perfect for children and adults, alike. I don't know about the ability for a novice to make them, but definitely a joy to peruse through. At least we can pretend that our cupcakes look like the cupcakes in the book as we're attempting to make them.
Polenth Blake
Feb 25, 2013 Polenth Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery, non-fiction
This is a book about decorating cupcakes. The designs tend towards the whimsical, with cute critters, cakes that look like other food, and similar things. I can't fault the layout of the book, as it's very clear. There are decent photographs of each design and templates for shaped parts where needed. The opening explains basics like how to ice in different ways and how to turn a food bag into an icing bag. However, the proof in the pudding (or cake) is trying the instructions, which is what I'll ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Rll52013_andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infos-bios
Another excellent informational book that is in super high demand at my school library, along with his other 2 books, "Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, Oh My!" and "What's New, Cupcake?" These books are SO much fun! The authors who often team together, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, use the best of their skills as a food stylist and photographer/writer to create these beautiful books that inspire the young bakers/artists who read it. The books are clearly organized and formatted for ease of use for t ...more
Jun 29, 2012 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cake-decorating
Great book for people who are not pros at cake decorating. There are lots of shortcuts like box cakes and store bought frosting.The authors have patterns and walk you through constructing the cupcakes. They also use easy to find ingredients. The results are stunning. The book is broken down by seasons and celebrations. For the more practiced cake decorators, I recommend that you look at the patterns and how to construct the cupcake but make your frosting and cakes from scratch. I highly recommen ...more
Mar 11, 2012 DC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star, hobbies
This book is a simple reference guide to decorating cupcakes. It looks so easy to make these really cute designs... And is, in reality, easy to execute as well! :D

{Essentially, this book has a bunch of recipes for cupcakes, and then has a number of step-by-step procedures in decorating them.}

Caveat emptor: Make sure you know where to get items like decorating sugar, food coloring, etc., though.
Dec 05, 2012 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even if you never make a cute cupcake, the almost-homemade vanilla butter cream icing & the chocolate icing are must have recipes. And if you make a cute cupcake? It's marvelous! Warning: if you make the Rabbit Holes cupcakes, the children will fight over the bunny butts. The green grass cakes will be left standing at the end.
Jul 15, 2008 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-cooking
Such a fun book! Very creative ideas - wish I had it before my grandson's fourth birthday. Yes, it does use store-bought ingredients (no organic, p.c. baking here) - but it would be such fun to bring out some of these treats for your favorite kids' treats.
Jul 21, 2008 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
These cupcakes are absolutely darling. Yeah, I photocopied a few of them, but seriously doubt I"ll ever have the time or inclination to get so creative with my food.
Makyla Ingram
Jan 03, 2017 Makyla Ingram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book to read about cupcakes
Apr 14, 2012 Mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, cooking
Okay, this book was just adorable! My favorite projects were the "TV Dinner" cupcakes and the puppy cupcakes (I made Pug cupcakes as I own two of those rascals lol and I made the TV Dinner cupcakes for a Mad Men party). The instructions were pretty clear (still a little confusing periodically), and the photos were nice. I only had a couple of issues with the book.

(1) She failed to mention that some of the projects cannot be made ahead of time. I decorated my Pug cupcakes 24 hrs in advanced (as I
Nov 07, 2008 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cupcake makers
Recommended to Kendra by: Mom
This book has great photos and directions on how to make cute cupcakes of all varities. I made the pumpkin patch ones for Halloween. They didn't look quite as nice as the ones in the book, but people could tell the general idea. The only problem with this book is the pictures look so great, and the directions are so clear, that you feel like yours are bound to look exactly like the pictures in the book. But unless you are meticulous or have experience decorating, they're not going to be exactly ...more
Cute pictures, but not for those of us who actually like to bake and eat cupcakes. The authors emphasize style over substance: they require using canned frosting because of its superior ability to be sculpted and colored. While the designs are not impossible, they're quite complicated. Recommended for browsing because the pictures are great (and you'll probably get some ideas for how to decorate using candies and other add-ons). For actual baking and eating, I suggest Cupcakes by Elinor Klivans. ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
Oh boy, does this book have some of the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen! Just look at the cover! And you know I am sucker for dogs of course, but there is sooooo many other great designs in this book and the ideas really are do-able and not overly complex or requiring special ingredients or tools. Pandas, Van Gogh's Starry Night, bowling pins and ball, nutcrackers...sooooo many great ideas.

The recipes for the cupcakes and frosting are not what you want this book for. But if you desire to get fa
Aug 22, 2011 ♥Xeni♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My older sister gave this book (and it's companion, What's New Cupcake?) to my little sister for her birthday last year... or two years ago. xD

Either way, I really just love paging through these two books thanks to the ingenious ideas that the authors came up with!

You think a cupcake is just a muffin with a bit of sugar coating? Think again! There seem to be unlimited ideas as to what you can do with a cupcake. Don't know any? Pick up one of these two books! If only to page through it and end up
Jul 25, 2013 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and so does my family. We use it often to make cupcakes for birthdays, bake sales and other occasions. Some of the ideas are more complex and difficult than others, but the instructions are excellent and you do not need any special equipment. If you are a beginner, do your best to select the easiest sounding projects to begin with, be patient with yourself and experiment. Refrigerating your icing as you decorate is a huge help. Once it softens, then refrigerate again. Heed their ...more
May 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sweet lovers
Shelves: cookbooks
Hello, Cupcake is a cute book full of creative, fun, and easy-to-make cupcakes. Most of the cupcake designs would put a smile on anyone's face, and other designs are beautiful even in their simplicity. The great thing about this book is that the ingredients needed to make the artistic, fun cupcakes are easy to find and available at almost every grocery store. The downside of these recipes is that eating one cupcake could send you into a sugar rush because of all the candies, icings, and addition ...more
Dec 22, 2008 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Loads of cute decorating ideas, but I can't imagine actually making and eating these, because practically every recipe is based around store bought candies and mixes, rather than using home made ingredients. While the cupcake designs are cute, most of them use 4 or more types of store bought sweets. Because of the emphasis on finding manufactured candies the shape and size of your intended design, there really isn't much instruction on decorating. I'll be giving this book away and looking for so ...more
Nov 04, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 4.5 if half stars were allowed. It has lots of really fun ideas for when you want to do very special cupcakes. The thing I like best is that you don't have to have much decorating talent. They all use various candies, cookies, etc. to achieve the finished project. Hooray for help for those of us whose abilities definately have a limit but who really like to be creative once in a while.
Nov 04, 2010 Riona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, cookbooks
This book is full of ideas for decorating cupcakes to look like various animals, flowers, etc. The designs are really adorable and would be great for children's birthday parties or similar events. Unfortunately, I don't really ever make cupcakes for those occasions, and hoped that there would be some more refined, mature designs. I still picked up a bunch of tips and techniques that I can apply to my own ideas though.
Mar 12, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I freaking LOVE this book. I bought it on a whim after looking through it in Barnes and Noble, and the ideas they have in here are ADORABLE. I haven't tried out any of the decorating ideas yet (though that will be happening in the extremely-near future), but I have tried some of the frosting techniques, and they're great. my mom, who was making cupcakes with me at the time, was even impressed and will be using them herself.

and I mean, come on. penguin cupcakes. who can resist that?
Aug 09, 2008 LINDA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertaining
This is a very creative book on how to make cupcakes with real personality!

The panda ones on p. 56 are adorable, and look pretty simple!

The butterfly ones on p. 76 are very elegant- I think that you could decorate a regular cake with these butterflies and it would be beautiful!

The recipie on page 156 highlights chocolate leaves made with white chocolate layered over lemon leaves!
Dec 20, 2011 Purplepaperreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yum
I absolutely love this book for being so accessible - they offer so many easy options for the home cook who may not have a full cake decorating arsenal on hand (i.e using ziplock baggies to pipe icing, modifications for boxed cake mix) and when you see the cupcakes deconstructed there are some great tricks they use and a lot of the really complicated cuppies are actually quite easy.

So many great ideas, a well laid-out book, appropriately detailed instructions - wonderful book
Oct 15, 2013 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Decent Bakers with enough cupcake-eating friends to share your cupcakes with!
Shelves: cookbooks
This is a very entertaining cookbook, and very fun to look through. The recipes are theoretically do-able, but the only problem is that I'm the only person who would eat them all! I did try the sunflower cupcakes, and all I have to say is that things didn't go exactly as planned. Soggy Oreos and drippy petal frosting was involved. So, like I said, maybe a better book to just look through. Or maybe you'll have more luck than I did!
Oct 04, 2008 Nichola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you look for in a cookbook?
I don't know if I will ever make these ridiculously unhealthy creations, and if I did, I am not sure I would want to eat them- after all, the candy used to decorate doesn't really blend with the cake flavors, but boy is this book adorable. It makes me want to bake and create beautiful things.
I am already trying to come up with ways to adapt them.
Feb 19, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fun...I hadn't decorated cakes in years but I saw this and decided to try it out. I had a BLAST! The instructions are well-written and the recipes are delicious. I gave a copy to my niece and she had fun making all the "snow people" with my brother. I love the fact that they have a website you can go to with videos to watch them doing some of the things they talk about in the book.
Sep 13, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THis is an excellent book for the novice decorator. The instructions are easy to follow (they only look complicated and wordy because they don't leave you hanging). YOu can make amazing cupcakes with only typical tools and candies. I made the puppy cupcakes on the cover for my daughter's birthday and they were a hit!
Michelle Hankes
May 19, 2008 Michelle Hankes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the cutest cupcake book I have seen thus far. I have looked through dozens of cupcakes books, yet this author has really gone out of her way to find fun, easy to make cupcake ideas. She uses easy to find candies and basic cakes and frostings to make the most creative creations. Featured on Martha Stewart.
This book was super cute! Will definitely keep it on my wish list as a used book. I kind of think you either need this or the Martha Cupcakes book, though both compliment each other. This book is certainly good decorating reference.

Didn't make any of the recipes or try decorating using their techniques.
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Karen Tack is the coauthor of the New York Times best-selling Hello, Cupcake! She is a cooking teacher and a food stylist and has created cupcakes and other desserts for the covers of many of America's top magazines, including Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Cook's, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Woman's Day, Martha Stewart Living, Parents, Real Simple, Family Fun, and All You ...more
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