Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes:175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat
Say what you will about the woman, Martha Stewart knows her stuff when it comes to baking. Or at least she is capable of hiring people who know their stuff, because the Martha Stewart cupcake cookbook is pretty damn good. I bought it on a whim, suckered in by the adorable owl cupcakes on the back cover (that I have yet to bake), and plan to keep it indefinitely.
There isn’t a lot of flexibility when it comes to the recipes; they are also involved and occasionally require some tweaking. However, the steps are clear and if you invest the time and the money the results are well worth it. I’ve tried about 12 of the 100 plus recipes and have been very satisfied with the products, as have my roommates/friends/family. The oreo cheesecake cupcakes even got me a marriage proposal! Err on the low side for the baking times, be open to making small changes as you go, and this book will serve you well as you up the cute ante in your household.
Pictured above: the peanut butter chocolate cupcakes on the second try. The first time I didn't mix the peanut butter mixture and chocolate batter well enough and the mixture boiled over and covered the top of the muffin tin in the oven. Yuck! The second time went well, thankfully.