Tummy Tuesday : Hello Cupcake, cookbook review

Tummy Tuesday : Hello Cupcake, cookbook review

Hello Cupcake, cookbook review

Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
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I wasn’t going to do it. I shouldn’t even have been looking at it but you know me, I love thrift store finds and cookbooks. This one was too much fun to pass up.

Warning : Hazard ahead.  A cupcake cookbook.

I know. I know.  I’m not supposed to be looking but I couldn’t help it. It was too cute.

Karen Tack and Alan Richardson put together a cookbook for those of us who love to watch Ace of Cakes and Cupcake Wars and wish we could make something darling but don’t have the special equipment. Never mind the experience or skills.  Still a person can dream, right?

Now take a look at these cupcakes.  They are duos.  One is the cat licking it’s chops. The second cupcake is the claws so delicately holding the fish. Fun, right?

You don’t have a frosting bag and tips?  No matter.  They tell you you can use a ziplock bag and just cut out a corner.  How cool is that?

And you don’t even have to make your own frosting. You buy two cans of vanilla frosting, one can of chocolate frosting, and the black and orange food coloring. Now she had the cat furs as orange, black (grey) and brown (chocolate).  You could of course get any fur color you like.

One cup (from the can) of vanilla frosting is put in a baggie for the muzzles.  The rest of the vanilla gets put into two seperate bowls so you can tint them for the fur. And then into the baggies they go.

Next you get to work on the ears.  Getting nervous? Why? Cookie time!  You cut thin chocolate cookies and they become the ears. So cute!  Uh-oh, there are more cookies in the bag?  Put them away quick before you eat them.  Gotta save your appetite for the cupcakes.

Now on page 15 they show you how to make the fur in a couple of pargraphs as several cupcake designs require the fur effect.  It looks fairly easy.  You kinda squeeze out a plop of frosting and then pull away so it pulls into a point. Then you do the next one.  On page 15, the cool thing was that they put in two different colors into the baggie unlike here so you get more of a striped effect.  It’s pretty cool.

You’re worried about the nose?  Hope you bought the heartshaped candies. Yep, you just drop them into the frosting for the nose.  And the muzzles are 2 white mints.  M&Ms are the eyes and black licorice are the eyebrows or closed eyes if you don’t have enough M&Ms. Red fruit chews form the tongues.  You nuke the chews in the microwave for a few seconds so that you reshape them into the tongue form you want.

Next you get to make the fishbone with their template, chocolate melting wafers and your microwave.  I just think that’s so cool.

Finally you finish up with the claws using mini marshmallows and the black frosting you colored.  That’s it.  You’ve made a cool cat cupcake.  What do you think?  Isn’t this a cool cookbook?   I love my thrift store find.

Am I going to make cupcakes?  I can’t!  I’d gobble up all 24 cupcakes.  You all know I am working on losing more weight so…. Maybe if I go to a potluck, I will.  Still I can look!

(Tip on thrift stores: A lot of thrift stores have senior day, which is usually age 55 and older, giving you 10 to 20% off.  Usually it’s Tuesday or Wednesday so check with your local thrift store as to what day it is. Sometimes certain color tags are not included like pink and white tags at Goodwill because it’s generally new stuff.)

Roundup of last week’s Tummy Tuesday (3/26/19-4/2/19) :

Ladylee Manila Blog's photos of making stir fry
Lady Manila: Stir fried chicken with nuts and vegetables, food photos
My Slice of Mexico Stuffed Avocado, food photography, link to recipe
Irene: Stuffed Avocado, recipe
Cactus Catz homemade soup, food photography
Cactus Catz: Chinese Street Food, cookbook review


This week’s Tummy Tuesday (4/2/19-4/8/19):

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18 Replies to “Tummy Tuesday : Hello Cupcake, cookbook review”

  1. Aw wow those really are cute! Very novel, too. I think you should treat yourself to baking some cupcakes, just a small portion 😉 I do like that this keeps things basic so you don’t have to have proper equipment for the icing and you can buy store bought if you want. Great find indeed! =]

    1. That’s a wonderful idea. I found a minicupcake maker at the thrift store so maybe I should try making mini versions.

  2. Those cupcakes are so cute! I am not a fan of icing…usually slide off to the side and get to the cake, but I do appreciate a clever idea! I just went to the Goodwill thrift store on Saturday and found a big old art book…may use it for Sabi Saturday.

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