A couple of weeks ago I had the wonderful privilege of receiving an advanced copy of Karen Tack’s latest book, Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, Oh My! Similar to her earlier books – HelloCupcake! & What's New, Cupcake? – The latest one certainly does not fail to please. The creativity and innovative food decorating ideas will tantalize and surprise you at every turn. Going beyond just cupcakes, Tack extends her creative talents to include cookies, pie, rice krispie, and cake projects, and not excluding any combination thereof.
The great thing about most of the designs in this book is that they are pretty straightforward and simple to recreate. It might however, take a steady hand and lots of patience to get through many of the projects, especially if you’re not an experienced decorating. Regardless of that this book provides a lot of easy to follow instructions and short ‘how-to’ guides, from everything to working with chocolate to learning how to utilize a variety of candy and even how to make your candy or toppings. If you’re a visual learner, this book is for you, as it is filled with vibrant fun photos of every project and step-by-step diagrams.
One of my favourite things about this book is simply, flipping through the pages. The fun, creative designs are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. My only issue, when actually doing a project from any of her books really, is that it can sometimes be difficult to find the right ingredients. Yes, that can be frustrating but the beauty of her designs is that they don’t have to be replicated perfectly. There’s lots of room to feel inspired, to take an idea and add a new spin to it. A good example would be my Chinese New Year’sDragon. Whereas her dragon design looks much more fierce, mine looks, well, kind of goofy.
Either way, I had fun with it and I look forward to having more fun trying out other projects including some of my favourites, the sock monkey cupcakes, the high heel shoe cupcakes and the ‘Night of the Living Dead’ cupcakes …okay, so I’m still focusing too much on cupcakes. That will change, soon enough.
Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, OhMy! – Available January 31, 2012 – includes dozens of new original and highly imaginative decorating ideas that will surely blow your mind away. It did mine! So if you’re an amateur or an expert, or just anyone who loves to combine a love for baking with artistic talent this book is for you.