I’m starting a new series today.

Every Thursday, I will feature a cookbook review.

Occasionally, on Thursdays, I will review cookbooks.

Yeah, that’s better. This lady isn’t going to commit to a weekly series (that’s my goal, but no promises). No way no how.

Okay, I guess I should say I’m not going to commit to TWO weekly series. Because I’m already starting “a day in the life” which I am SO excited about, aren’t you?

So here’s the deal: Sometimes I will review one cookbook. Sometimes I will review a hundred more than one. Sometimes I will give one away! I’ll follow a similar format each time so they are easy to read and you know what to expect. Sometimes I’ll include a recipe, but not always.

First up, 150 Best Cupcake Recipes.

photo from amazon.com

The book’s stats:

  • Complete Title: 150 Best Cupcake Recipes
  • Author(s): Julie Hasson
  • Photos by: Colin Erricson and Mark T. Shapiro
  • Food Styling by: Kate Bush and Kathryn Robertson
  • Props Styling by: Charlene Erricson
  • Publisher: Robert Rose Inc.
  • ISBN: 978-0-7788-0290-7
  • List Price: 19.95 for paperback
  • 24 pages of color photographs/150 recipes/216 pages
  • Author’s bio: “Julie Hasson is the author of six cookbooks and has written for Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times and Family Fun Magazine, as well as numerous internet websites and newspapers. Julie’s previous book, 125 Best Cupcake Recipes, has over 50,000 copies in print. Cupcakes are the perfect dessert, and it seems everyone agrees, as bakery shops and television shows dedicated to showcasing cupcakes continue to flourish. It doesn’t matter whether you’re four or 40–cupcakes have universal appeal.”
Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction (includes tip/techniques, theme decorating, simple garnishes, decorating for kids, tools and equipment, common ingredients)
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Adults Only
  • Kids’ Corner
  • Spice it Up
  • New Twists
  • Vegan (25 Vegan Recipes)
  • Forsting, Glazes, and Fillings
  • Sources
  • Index

Things I loved:

  • This will be a go-to when I need a cupcake recipe!
  • The tips/techniques in the beginning give some fun ideas for decorating, especially around the holidays.
  • Each recipe has “tips” and “variations.” So helpful, and it gets the creative juices flowing.
  • Each recipe has a few different suggestions for frosting (and page numbers), so you can create your own combination.

Things I wished were different (because I’m always going to give you my honest opinion!):

  • Wish there were more photos (as I always do), but the pictures included are very well done. And let’s be honest, most cupcakes look pretty similar so pictures are less important in this genre.

Some recipes that I really want to try: 

  • Apple Crisp Cupcakes
  • Margarita Cupcakes
  • Banana Nutmeg Cupcakes
  • Cheesecake Cupcakes (a filled cupcake with a graham cracker crust)
  • Ginger Cream Cheese Icing
  • Rum Buttercream

Interested? Purchase here.


Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book at no cost, but was not paid for a positive review. All opinions, as always, are my own. Some links in this post are affiliate links.