Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Cupcakery by Toni Miller

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Welcome to my tour stop for Cupcakery! I was hoping to actually get to make some of these sweet-looking things, but I didn't actually get my copy in time. There was a shipping mix-up and so I just received an electronic copy yesterday, which did allow me to read through everything and look at all the tips and recipes, thank goodness, but not get to bake anything. I will have to own a copy soon because I loved what I saw. Moving on... I have all the usual info below, as well as a review, and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway...

Cupcakery: Party-Perfect Cupcakes in a FlashCupcakery
Party-Perfect Cupcakes in a Flash
by Toni Miller
Cookbook
Paperback & ebook, 239 Pages
June 9th 2015 by Cedar Fort, Inc.

Summary

There is nothing quite like a row of pretty little cupcakes lined up in a bakery display case. Who can resist so many fun flavors and adorable sprinkles?

Now you can skip the trip and the cost of bakery-style cupcakes and learn how to make them right in your own home, starting from a cake mix! Anybody can follow these easy recipes and create these adorable designs. And with so many unique flavors, you’ll want to try them all.
  • Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast
  • Monster Cookie Dough
  • Root Beer Float
  • Chocolate Caramel Irish Cream
  • Blue Velvet Coconut
  • Mocha Peppermint Crunch
These delectable and delightfully adorable cupcakes look and taste so amazing your friends and family won t believe you made them yourself and from a mix!

  

My Review

My first and last impression of Cupcakery is honestly that it is super yummy, bright, and very fun. I shouldn't leave out sweet as well, right? If you are like me and enjoy playing around in the kitchen with baking and desserts, as well as decorating them, then this is the perfect book for you. I honestly loved scrolling through the pages and trying to absorb all the information, tips, and tricks. 

Let's talk a little about the first section of the book, Cupcakes 101. So much fabulous information! Like freezing. It never occurred to me that I could make cupcakes ahead and freeze them un-frosted, but it would work and it's a great idea. I also loved the suggestion to use tags for cupcakes so that you can note what flavor they are and if there are any ingredients for those with allergies to look out for. There are so many great tips! I could go on and on. They take up a good portion of the book, over 30 pages, and it's well worth reading through.

The following two sections are all about the recipes: Everyday Occasions and Seasonal Celebrations. I just have to make note here that I especially approve of a few recipes that are labeled for consumption for breakfast. I think my kids would heartily second that as well. There are loads of recipes here. There are different flavors found among the different batters, in frosting, and in the various toppings. Just a ton of variety and I didn't' really see a single cupcake that wouldn't be appealing. I also really appreciated that every single recipe included a picture, which is a huge deal for me. 

My only complaint would be that the base of every recipe is a cake mix. That isn't terrible and is what I would normally use, but I don't always have them on hand or have time to run to the store to get one. For convenience it would have been nice if the book would have also included basic cake recipes from scratch that could be used in place of the mixes for those times. I did like that she made the batter her own by adding to the mixes and increasing the flavor and moisture.

If you enjoy making sweet, cute, creative, and delicious cupcakes I would definitely recommend Cupcakery. I plan on using the tips, recipes, and decorating instructions for years to come.

Source: I would like to thank Cedar Fort for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.


A Peak Inside

I was only going to show a one or two of these images from some of the recipes you can find inside Cupcakery provided by the author, but then I just couldn't decide (believe it or not I didn't choose all of them). Just look at these! Don't they just look super yummy and fun?!!! So, you get six.  Enjoy. I hope your mouth waters. Just a little. ;)


You can find a tutorial for the Snow Cone Cupcake on Toni's blog here and plenty of other fun cupcake-ness and other yummy things there as well.

About the Author

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Toni’s sweet adventure began with her love for parties and creative knack. What started as a hobby of self-taught home cake baking and decorating quickly grew into a successful baking blog and a love for all things adorable sweet. Her work can be found on many websites and publications around the world, including Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Today, Yahoo!, and more.

1. 9in Milkglass Cake Stand - provided by Country SweetArt Kitchen
2. 4 Piece Wilton Tip Set – Provided By Make Bake Celebrate
3. Mama & Madison Custom Apron – Provided By Make Bake Celebrate
4. Paper Straw Party Combo – Provided By Sweets & Treats
5. Sprinkle Prize Pack (assortment picked by sponsor) – Provided By Country SweetArt Kitchen
6. $50.00 Credit to Sweets & Treats – Provided By Sweets & Treats
7. AmeriColor Gel Color 12 Pack – Provided By Country SweetArt Kitchen
8. 12 Ct. 12in Disposable Decorating Bags – Provided By Make Bake Celebrate
9. KitchenAid Measuring Cups – Provided By Make Bake Celebrate
10. Kitchen Aid 4.5 Qt Stand Mixer Winners Choice of Color – Provided by Make Bake Celebrate
11. 2 Pk. Pink Mini Spatulas – Provided By Make Bake Celebrate
12. Wilton 24 Cavity Cupcake Pan – Provided By Make Bake Celebrate
13. Wilton Filling Tip & Cupcake Corer – Provided By Make Bake Celebrate

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13 comments

  1. LasVegasNan6/27/15, 9:20 AM

    A Have A Great Day Party.

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  2. Julie Bickham6/27/15, 11:07 AM

    Would love to have it for my best friends bridal shower I am throwing.

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  3. I love baking cupcakes to spoil my co-workers from time-to-time. I like the idea of a cake mix base. That would give me opportunities to make cupcakes more often to take to work. :)

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  4. Emily Endrizzi6/27/15, 12:05 PM

    I would love this kit for my sister's baby shower.

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  5. Linda Szymoniak6/27/15, 12:26 PM

    My oldest daughter is getting married. This would be great for her shower and even the wedding. Daughter #2 is standing up at the weddings of two couples she's good friends with (she's "best man" for one of them). Both couples are in the position where they won't be having a lot of funds for their weddings, so I'd love to help by making things for their showers and weddings.

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  6. I actually bake cupcakes for everything! Next up for me is July 4th picnic.

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  7. This would really be great for an upcoming baby shower I'm hosting.

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  8. There is inspiration in every day for a beautiful and delicious cupcake. I really don't have to have a reason. I will bring fun desserts to a friends house if I go to visit. I think cupcakes are my favorite treat - more for the frosting than anything else. :) I love frosting!

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  9. Laura Agnella6/27/15, 2:09 PM

    This sounds great! I love to cook but baking is not my forte. I tend to burn things. It would be so nice if my creations came out looking this good!

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  10. Yum, Yum, and Yum. I totally agree about not being able to pass up cup cake in a bakery. I do make them myself and can do some bool toppings, but not much. It's just fun! This book sounds awesome! Great review Tressa :)

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  11. birthday party

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  12. A Fourth of July cookout!

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  13. Deanne Patterson6/30/15, 12:26 PM

    I am the mother of 12 children. This would be so much fun for get togethers. No one can resist a cupcake !

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