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Trophy Cupcakes and Parties - A Great Cookbook

Updated on October 28, 2013

Cupcakes used to be simple sponges with a bit of frosting on top, or maybe with the top cut off and halved and made into a butterfly cake with a blob of cream. Now many of them are works of art and seeing photos of them puts me in a baking mood.

When I first saw this book I thought the word “trophy” meant they were good enough to win trophies, but it is actually named after the Trophy bakery in Seattle that the author, Jennifer Shea, founded in 2007 and it is now famous for its beautiful creations. The book was released in late 2013 and has recipes and instructions for products you can buy in her shop.

It is more than a recipe book, as it has party ideas that include not just the cupcakes, but drink and decorating ideas too. Party themes can be destination (the Paris one has delicious-sounding crème brulee cupcakes), first birthday, engagement, nautical, forest fairy tea party, crafty kids parties and heaps more. They cover fun childrens parties to sophisticated adult parties.

Recipes include the most popular flavours sold at their bakery including red velvet, salted caramel, lemon meringue, vanilla, triple chocolate, pina colada, gluten-free orange almond rose and a locally famous specialty S’mores version that has been featured on the Martha Stewart show.

The book is available as a kindle edition or a 240 page hardback, and has great photographs. It contains baking and frosting tips and also discusses the baking items you need whether you are a novice or a cupcake pro. There is also information on how to develop theme parties including decorating and entertaining ideas.

If you like cupcakes you will enjoy this book.

Here are some more really good cupcake cookbooks.

Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

Cupcakes to visually delight. The ones on the cover will appeal to pet lovers, The pizza cupcakes are really different and there are cupcakes for all occasions including Halloween, Easter and Christmas.

Presented by Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes
Presented by Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes

This book has the traditional cupcakes plus some fun, new flavor twists like Maple Bacon and Caramel Sea Salt Mocha. Also lots of easy decorating and serving ideas.

500 Cupcakes: The Only Cupcake Compendium You'll Ever Need (New Edition) (500 Series Cookbooks)
500 Cupcakes: The Only Cupcake Compendium You'll Ever Need (New Edition) (500 Series Cookbooks)

There are about 1000 cupcake suggestions with 4 to 5 variations of each one Flavours include Lavender & Honey, Expresso, Cardamom & Orange, Cookies & Cream, Chai, Mexican Chocolate and Chili, and Raspberry & Coconut.


Do pictures of cute cupcakes make you want to bake them (they do for me) ?

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    • norma-holt profile image


      4 years ago

      Cupcakes have come a long way in recent times. This is a lovely idea for a lens. Perhaps you should include a recipe to finish it off.


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