cover image Make It Easy, Cupcake!

Make It Easy, Cupcake!

Alan Richardson and Karen Tack. Griffin, $18.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-250-13939-9

Food stylist Tack and photographer Richardson deliver a delightful, creative addition to their cupcake cookbook repertoire (after Cake My Day!). Madeleine cookies become oyster shells, mini Oreos become delivery truck wheels, and thin pretzel sticks become football goal posts to turn cupcakes into “over the top... masterpieces.” Each recipe starts with baked cupcakes, and decorating is divided into four steps, with each representing a phase in the cupcake transformation. The steps are precisely written, easy to follow, and accompanied by plenty of photos. Readers will delight in creating adorable droids with Mallomar heads, swans with marshmallow bodies, and eye-catching skeletons with candy-coated pretzel bones. With more than 100 cupcake creations, ranging from baby buggies to champagne cocktails, this innovative book provides decorative dessert ideas for a myriad of occasions. Complete with a list of cake-decorating suppliers and candy sources, this is an excellent guide for bakers of all levels who have a passion for creative baking. Agent: Martha Kaplan, Martha Kaplan Agency. (June)