Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes by Alison Riede
Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on November 23rd:
Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes is a cupcake cookbook for enthusiasts. The book is small for a hardcover, which means cooks will have more room on the counter for baking materials, and contains 50 different recipes. Every recipe has a picture of the cupcake, giving an example for decoration. The cupcake recipe is usually on one full page and the frosting on a facing page, although it may occasionally be on the next page. However, you’ll never have to flip the page in the middle of a recipe, which helps make baking a breeze. The book is broken into six sections, each focusing on a different type of flavor. The difficulty level varies, depending on ingredients and if the cupcake has a filling or an extra exotic topping.
This reviewer tried two different recipes to get a feel for the quality of the recipes within. The Pink Champagne Cupcake with Vanilla Champagne Buttercream frosting came out light and fluffy – a true melt in your mouth cupcake. The Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Salted Chocolate Frosting is understandably heavier, but has the perfect level of sweetness without being too much. The family loved both recipes, and this book has earned a permanent spot on our shelf.
Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes is a small but wonderful cupcake cookbook with such a variety of flavors that there is something for everyone – a perfect gift for the baker on your Christmas list.
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