A Must-Have for Cupcake Enthusiasts: A Review of “150 Best Cupcake Recipes” by Julie Hasson
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
I recently got my hands on a copy of “150 Best Cupcake Recipes” by Julie Hasson, and as an avid cupcake lover, I couldn’t wait to dive into its pages. Let me just say, this cookbook has exceeded my expectations and quickly become a treasured addition to my culinary library.
Julie Hasson’s expertise shines through in this delightful collection of cupcake recipes. From classic flavors to inventive combinations, this book offers a wide range of options that cater to every palate. Whether you’re a beginner baker or a seasoned pro, you’ll find something to suit your taste in these pages.
One aspect that immediately stood out to me was the book’s organization. It’s divided into clear sections, making it easy to navigate through the recipes. From vanilla and chocolate-based cupcakes to fruit-infused and decadent dessert-inspired creations, each section offers a diverse selection of flavors and themes. Additionally, the book includes handy tips and tricks throughout, which I found incredibly helpful, especially when trying out new techniques.
The recipes themselves are a testament to Julie Hasson’s culinary expertise. They are clearly written, easy to follow, and accompanied by vibrant photos that are guaranteed to make your mouth water. I appreciate that the ingredients used are readily available and don’t require any overly complicated or obscure items. This makes it accessible for bakers of all skill levels, allowing anyone to recreate these scrumptious treats with ease.
One of the standout features of this cookbook is the variety of frosting and topping options included. From rich buttercream and cream cheese frostings to luscious ganache and creative decorations, Hasson offers endless possibilities for customizing your cupcakes to perfection. The author’s attention to detail ensures that each recipe is well-balanced, with flavors that complement one another beautifully.
Having tried several recipes from this book, I can confidently say that each cupcake turned out moist, flavorful, and utterly delicious. The sheer number of recipes included means that you’ll never run out of cupcake ideas for special occasions, parties, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth. I’ve received numerous compliments on the cupcakes I’ve baked using this book, and I owe it all to Julie Hasson’s exceptional recipes.
Our 150 Best Cupcake Recipes Review
If there were a cupcake support group I’d be on list. I love these pint-sized cakes. I love everything about them…even when Morelli calls Stephanie one in those delicious Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series books. Then my mail brought 150 Best Cupcake Recipes and I realize my experience with cupcakes is amatuer–and trust me when I tell you I’ve eaten a LOT of cupcakes!
I felt like I was a contender even with all the television shows and bakeries indulging my senses with all things cupcake. I cooed and squeed over their beauty. I rolled my eyes back in sheer ecstasy at the very taste of one and now, I’m ready to kick up my cupcake game.
Julie Hasson invited me through the world of a cupcake heaven in her book, 150 Best Cupcake Recipes. There are flavors that just the thought of having me salivate add to the experience of beautiful decorating and I think I’ll never pull myself out of the pages long enough to try my culinary skills at baking one.
Let’s talk. Hasson has created a book with recipes easy enough you’ll feel like committing a weekend to baking them all. There’s something for everyone, including 25 vegan recipes.
In addition she shares decorating tips and techniques for everything from rustic to fancy and if that isn’t spectacular enough, there’s even themed decorating ideas for weddings, birthdays, holidays and more!
No skill is required. There’s a tools and equipment glossary and an ingredients glossary. We’re talking, she’s got it all covered!
Here’s one that grabbed my attention right from the start:
Candy Bar Cupcakes
Yield : Makes 12 cupcakes
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp finely ground coffee
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 2 large candy bars (such as Milky Way), cut into chunks
- About 1 cup frosting (see frosting suggestions in Notes)
How to Make Candy Bar Cupcakes
1. In a small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, coffee, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until smooth. Stir in chopped candy bars.
3. Scoop batter into a muffin pan, lined with paper liners. Bake in preheated oven for 22 to 27 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting.
Variaton: Substitute ½ cup (125 mL) whole candy-coated chocolate pieces, such as M&M’s or Smarties, for the chopped candy bars.
Notes: Frosting suggestions: Chocolate Fudge Frosting, Peanut Butter Frosting, or Caramel Frosting.
Leftover Halloween candy bars are perfect for this recipe.
© 2005 Julie Hasson
We’re gearing up for a Baby Shower and a Wedding and I’m thinking this book has the answer to every tastebud’s begging. How can you go wrong with anything with an entire chapter title, “Chocolate”!?
In conclusion, “150 Best Cupcake Recipes” by Julie Hasson is a must-have for cupcake enthusiasts and baking aficionados alike. With its diverse array of flavors, clear instructions, and stunning visuals, this cookbook delivers on all fronts. Whether you’re a fan of classic cupcakes or enjoy experimenting with unique combinations, this book will undoubtedly become your go-to resource for all things cupcake-related. Treat yourself to a copy today, and prepare to embark on a deliciously delightful baking journey!
You don’t have to have a bakery or even mad cooking skills for this book. All you need is a love for all things cupcake!
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