Presented by Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes by Jan MoonI love cupcakes because they provide me some portion control.  It’s harder to sit down and eat more than one cupcake, than it is to eat an enormous slice of cake and then a sliver…and a sliver more.  Plus, being a small little round cake lends itself to so many more cool ways to be decorated and so much more frosting (in my opinion the best part!).

I was recently sent a new cupcake book entitled, Presented by Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes.  The title might be a little clunky, but the cookbook certainly isn’t!  It’s exactly the kind of cookbook I love.  First, it’s full of photos – at least one for every recipe but many times two. And also because most every recipe has at least two ways to complete it, the recipes are versatile and mix-n-match!  Like the way a particular cupcake is decorated but not the flavor? Switch it up. Holiday cupcakes get everyday looks as well so you can make them any time.

 

Banana Split Cupcakes

One of my faves…Banana Split Cupcakes

The recipes range from super easy to somewhat difficult, so there are recipes and designs for every baker’s skill level.  The flavor pairings are unique and some are downright weird, but even if it’s a flavor I’ll never make, the way it’s decorated can be utilized with other cake. The book is beautiful.  The photography is amazing and every one of the cupcakes looks stunning.

Pink Lemonade Cupcake with Strawberry Options

Pink Lemonade Cupcake with Strawberry Options

The book’s author, Jan Moon, has more than 10 years of experience n the Test Kitchens of Southern Living magazine.  Additionally, she’s opened her own bakery in Birmingham, Alabama.  I’ve never thought to vacation in Alabama….now I might just have a reason to visit!  Her shop, called Dreamcakes Bakery, and she specialized in wedding cakes, custom-made treats, and of course delectable cupcakes.

The Presented by Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes can be purchased online an in bookstores for about $19.99 (currently $12.58 on Amazon).

Connect with Dreamcakes Bakery: facebook * twitter *email LOCATION: 960 Oxmoor Rd Homewood, Alabama 205-871-9377

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