Cupcakes: From the Cake Mix Doctor

The cupcake is America’s darling. It’s celebrated in upscale bakeries, on Sex in the City, on the cover of Gourmet, and in thou-sands of classrooms—where every day, it seems, a parent has sent in a batch for the kids to share. The very word conjures up whimsy, coziness, pleasure, nostalgia. Not to mention the fact that their diminutive size means you can eat a lot of them.

Once upon a time, a family had only two recipes for cupcakes—chocolate and vanilla. Not anymore. Now Anne Byrn brings them to the next level. And who better? Recognized as the master of cake-mix baking, Anne is the author of The Cake Mix Doctor and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor, which have a total of over 1.8 million copies in print. In Cupcakes she offers 135 tempting recipes for children and grown-ups, for special days and everyday, lunch bags, holiday festivities, and an unexpected dinner party dessert.

You’ll never believe these artful little cakes started with a mix. Coconut Snowballs, Jelly Doughnut Cupcakes, Kiss Me Cakes, Warm Chocolate Cupcakes with Molten Centers, Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting. There are surprising additions (tuck a chocolate kiss orpiece of cookie dough into the batter). Creative toppings and easy from-scratch frostings (whipped cream spiked with Kahlua; miniature M&Ms; a creamy malted frosting with crushed malted milk balls).Terrific decorating ideas, from glittering golden dragees or elegant chocolate curls to yellow peeps for an Easter cupcake or—for Groundhog’s Day—a groundhog’s face made out of chocolate frosting and jimmies. Includes a 16-page full-color opening essay.

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By Sandra · ★★★★☆ · May 11, 2014
Love the Red Velvet cupcakes recipe. I get rave reviews every time I make them! Instead of the peppermint cream cheese frosting I use just her standard cream cheese frosting and still they ask for more! Just wished there were more pictures, it hardly has any. ...more
By Lucy (Eden Prairie, MN) · ★★★★☆ · April 26, 2014
I'd give this a 5 star rating, except it lacks color photos. Other than that, great recipes and tips. ...more
By Holli (Gallatin, TN) · ★★★★★ · March 16, 2015
U won't believe u r working with mixes. Everything u need to know about making cupcakes. ...more
By Monica (Stow, OH) · ★★★☆☆ · March 24, 2011
Great recipes!
Good photos...
I want to love this cookbook...but I just can't. The layout is inconsistent...I'd love to see a new edition of this cookbook with the photos in color on the same pages as the recipes. It is disjointed and doesn't flow to be read from cover to cover...which is what I en... ...more
By Danielle (Idaho Falls, ID) · ★★★★☆ · June 28, 2011
I bought this book hoping it would help me pump up my cake mixes. It's been helpful. I didn't know if I should buy this one or another one and was torn so I bought both. I use this one more than the other one but I love the pictures in the other book. They should have added better pictures into t... ...more
By Nancy · February 11, 2015
I purchased this book because I had so enjoyed my copies of "The Cake Mix Doctor" and "Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor." However, it did not live up to my expectations. I think my main issue is that I'm just not a cupcake baking kind of person. (I do enjoy eating them, however). It was really... ...more
By Lynn (Chesterfield, MO) · ★★★★★ · August 07, 2011
This is a fabulous cookbook for one of the most fun, if not the most fun, desserts ever: the cupcake. Rarely has a recipe failed me, and in the end it has turned me into a pretty dang good cupcake maker (it makes you rather popular, too). I highly recommend this to anyone with a love for cupcakes... ...more
By Samantha (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★★ · October 16, 2007
Guess I shouldn't give away my baking secrets, but ann's the best. I discovered her on the today show. Her recipies are so simple and they ROCK! No one would know they aren't totally home made! ...more
By Melinda (Payson, UT) · ★★★★★ · November 15, 2008
This book give lots of alternate ways to make cupcakes fun, plus it has some yummy muffins. I just love the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. So yummy and easy. ...more
By Kiri (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★☆☆ · October 20, 2008
A good, solid cupcake book. Lots of recipes, both basic and more exotic. Wish there had been photos of every type of cupcake. ...more