There is nothing I love more than getting a new cookery book. I know . . . Todd agrees. I have enough cookbooks already, but I just can't help but get excited when I am offered a new one to review. I was recently sent a new one from DK entitled Cupcakes and Mini Cakes . . . I know cake . . . sigh . . . mini cakes. If there is anything better than cake it's a cupcake or a mini cake . . . coz it's perfectly sized just . . . for . . . YOU!
Pretty party treats, giftable minibakes, quick traybakes; Cupcakes and Mini Cakes offers an assortment of sweet indulgences that are sure to delight! Enjoy small, but perfectly formed treats with over 100 inspiring recipes for cupcakes, cake pops, mini cakes, muffins, pastries and tray bakes, with each recipe accompanied by easy to follow step by step instructions and a stunning final image. I love food photos in cookbooks don't you?
Divided up into 6 chapters, as well as having a full index, this book does not disappoint. Essential techniques for making and decorating your cakes insure that you get the best results possible every time. Perfect basics such as preparing chocolate, making buttercream and whisking egg whites, along with advanced creative techniques for making sure your creations are embelished, frosted and stippled perfectly!
Also included at the front of the book there are themed visual recipe choosers to suit every occasion from things for the kids . . .
to celebrations . . .
Afternoon tea . . .
Weekend brunch . . . as well as Holidays, After Dinner Treats . . . and Chocolate!
And the photographs are just gorgeous. Look at these delicious Raspberry Tartlets with Creme Patissiere. Drool worthy for sure. It was really difficult for me to choose a recipe to highlight from the book. Everything looked to delicious.
Just look at those Banana and Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes . . . and that's only the tip of the iceberg. There's muffins, tarts, pies, cookies, squares and all sorts. Over 100 recipes of total scrumptiousness in total.
We just adore dates and walnuts in this house . . . Date and Walnut Loaf is a real favourite here. These Sticky Walnut Buns checked all the boxes for us!
Stogged full of sticky dates and crunchy walnuts they are like a cross between a rock cake and a cupcake. Very buttery and moreish . . . and that coffee flavoured glaze is a beautiful touch. They went down a real treat is all I can say! Perfect with a drink, hot or cold. These were pretty irresistible!
*Sticky Walnut Buns*Makes 12
These are kind of like rock cakes, except you bake them in a bun/muffin tin. Butter the tin well. Delicious! Filled with dates and walnuts and topped with a lovely frosting/glaze.
1 TBS boiling water115g of icing sugar (scant cup)
Bake in the top half of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and tip out onto a wire rack to cool.
Cupcakes & Mini Cakes
Published by DK
256 pages including index
ISBN : 9780241009727
Available 2nd February 2015
Many thanks to DK for sending me a review copy to try out. Any thoughts and opinions are my own.