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Our Review

This is one of those recipe books where you get hungrier and hungrier, the more you flip through the pages. Cupcake Magic by Kate Shirazi may be a small but it's stuffed full of baking goodness.

I'm not a fan or recipes that call for long lists of ingredients, and this book caters exactly to my whim, with a number of "Low-Faff" recipes, designed to make baking cupcakes easier. There is also a selection of "High-Faff" recipes too, for times when you are in the mood to make something extra special. For example, a Bollywood cupcake, covered in rich fondant and embellished with glittering icing flowers.

There's certainly a cupcake for every occasion in the book, with each recipe pictured in mouthwatering detail. Celebrate Valentine's day with a super sexy Bite My Cherry or Cupid Cupcakes. Even just the name of the Carrot Cupcake with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting is enough to send you running for the baking supplies. If you're looking for something a bit different, then this book's savory cupcake selection might suffice, with weird and wonderful combinations like Ricotta & Smoked Salmon or Bacon & Cheese cupcakes.

Once you've gobbled down a plate-full of cupcakes, you even make yourself feel better with the knowledge that a donation will be made to the Battery Hen Welfare Trust from your purchase of the book.

You can pick up a copy of this book from Collins & Brown.

Order a copy for only £6.00. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1068

Publisher's Description

Kate Shirazi makes beautiful and irreverently decorated cupcakes with eggs from her own free-range flock of hens rescued from laying cages—they are cupcakes with both conscience and attitude. Combining a simple, straightforward approach to cooking and an insatiable appetite for cake, here is a collection of delicious new recipes and fun designs for cupcakes. A lively, colorful book packed with baking tips, captivating new cake designs, modern photography, and delightful illustrations, it is split into low-fuss, middle-fuss, and high-fuss recipes, with ideas for sweet and savory, children and adults, and seasonal and special occasion designs. There is also a section devoted to ingredients and equipment. The author writes in such an informal style and with such enthusiasm and humor that any reader will soon share her passion for cupcakes!