Friday, March 19, 2010

What's New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson Link for What's New Cupcake
What I found the most striking about What’s New Cupcake is the photography by Alan Richardson. The pictures are so vibrant and colorful that they almost seem to jump off the pages. This is a good-sized book, at about 9” x 10”, so they are also nice sized and detailed photos. The cover photo with the “Rubber Duckies” cupcakes is too cute for words.

What’s New Cupcake starts out like a craft book with a list of needed materials and tools. Nothing unusual is needed and most are items that would be already on hand, except for the variety of colorful candies. The instructions for decorating the cupcakes are clear and the Karen Tack's designs are fun and very decorative.

The first chapter, April Fools Play, has cupcakes that look like something entirely different. How about cupcakes that look like a sub sandwich or a banana split? There are sections with ideas for all of the major holidays and party ideas for children and grown-ups.

Just a couple of examples of the design titles are:

Busy Bees (a honeycomb of cupcakes)
Mum’s the Word (beautiful flower cupcakes)
Fur Balls and String Monsters (You have to see it!)
Shower Heads (baby faces)
Knit One, Frost Two (knitting needles and yarn - my personal favorite)

Along with the decorating instructions there are quick dressed up cake mix recipes for cupcakes, frosting, and sugar cookies.


  1. i'm just stopping by from SITS...have a happy saturday...nice to read your reviews on your blog!

  2. Wow.. nice... I like the April fool idea.. haha...
    Stopping from SITS to say Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest !!!!

    You could link back to me at

    Have a great weekend....

  3. wow! those are cute rubberduckie cuppies. Ive been browsing for unique cupcake designs and would love to make one someday!

    Stopping by from SITS. Happy Saturday Sharefest!

  4. Thank you all for stopping by from SITS. The little duckies were my favorites.


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