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Review of "Hello, Cupcake!" by Alan Richardson, Karen Tack

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Hello, Cupcake!
by Alan Richardson, Karen Tack

Houghton Mifflin
$15.95 Suggested Retail Price

Leaving aside the sexist overtones, when you were growing up, was one of your friends' mom the kind of mom who would go bananas in making up parties for her children? You know, the kind of obsessive/compulsive handicrafts maven who would prepare for weeks festooning the walls and furniture with no end of handmade decorations? OK. Now that you're all grown up, wouldn't you like to be able to do some of that stuff? Well, here's the book that will show you how. While it's limited to cupcakes, there are lots of ideas that could just as easily be translated and expanded to decorate entire cakes.

Karen Tack and Alan Richardson have come up with nearly 100 recipes for cupcakes that are more like sculptures than baked goods. The puppy faces pictured on the cover are just a small example of the fun and often adorable decorations that will make your child's next party something to remember. The ideas are certainly the heart of the book, but the icing on the cake, so to speak, is the wonderfully detailed instructions on how to make each one. The book starts by listing the basic tools you'll need to make these fancy confections. Don't worry, there's nothing on the list so expensive or complicated that you'll resent having to buy it. Everything's pretty simple, actually. About the most complicated tool is an offset spatula for doing the actual sculpting, and they show you how to do it. Best of all, it's not terribly difficult to make any of these inventive projects. Even dads could do it with the help of this special cookbook.

Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our May, 2008 issue.

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