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What a fun book this has been!! Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes was a last minute choice for the Cookbook of the Month for June, but I’m so glad my plans changed and I picked up a copy of this. I had the hardest time just choosing these 4 recipes, so I know that there will be many more recipes to come from this book!

This cookbook is divided into 8 sections, as well as sections for things such as “the basics” and “displaying and giving.” If you are a cupcake fanatic, this is a must have for your collection. And even if you aren’t a cupcake fanatic, you will find many, many cupcakes in this book to be inspired by.

I had a few mishaps – including sinking cupcakes and a frosting that didn’t quite work, but overall, I was quite pleased with the outcome of each recipe. My biggest complaint – and I’m sure I’m silly for complaining about this – is that all the recipes aren’t true “cupcake” recipes in my opinion. There are mini cheesecakes and brownies – which I’m sure I’ll make some of them, but when a cookbook is sold as a cupcake book, I think it should only contain true cupcakes. (I actually have the same complaint about her cookie book, too – because it contains brownies and bars, which aren’t cookies in my opinion…) But the pluses definitely come out on top. A beautiful picture of each creation – which is a huge bonus for me – as well as a large variety of cupcakes. Plus there is something there for every skill level. There are plenty of simple recipes, but I know I will learn a lot from this book as well.

Strawberry Cupcakes 4.25 out of 5

Brown Sugar Pound Cakes with Brown Butter Icing 4 out of 5

Ladybug Cupcakes 4 out of 5

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes 3.9 out of 5

Overall Rating: 4.0375 out of 5. Not too shabby!

And onto July’s choice…

I actually bought actually bought a different cookbook for this month, but once I got it home, I decided that I didn’t love it enough to even choose it for the Cookbook of the Month. So I went to my collection that I received and chose one of those – Food Network Favorites. This book is a little bit older, and a few of the chefs aren’t even on Food Network anymore, but the book has plenty of recipes that I want to try. I actually bought this as a wedding shower gift for my sister in law several years ago, and had been wanting my own copy, and was very excited when I ended up getting one for free! Come back tomorrow for the first featured recipe from this book!

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12 Responses to June Cookbook of the Month Review

  1. ♥Rosie♥ says:

    Thank you Debs for a great insight into Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book.

    Your next book for the month I am not familiar with at all, so for me this is going to be great to view what you cook/bake form it :0)

  2. Gabi says:

    I bought that cookbook too! You are so great to dive right in and make all of those. Hope you have a happy 4th weekend!

  3. kristina says:

    So enjoyed reading your cookbook of the month posts this month. And very embarrassed I still haven't tried any of the recipes. Must do something about that very soon! And I do agree: a mini cheesecake is not a cupcake! K x

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What great creations! That book looks like a lot of fun!



  5. Katerina says:

    Looking forward to July's cookbook of the month. Not much into sweets.

    It's funny I tried explaining the cupcake phenomenon to someone and they were seriously shocked. Us foodies are weird 🙂

  6. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Your creations are so beautiful that you make me want to buy the book. And I don't even really like cupcakes!

  7. Emily says:

    I've heard good things about this cookbook, so I'll probably end up getting it. Thank you for the honest review!

  8. Stacy says:

    Thank you so much for your creations from the Martha book! Because of your site and all of the deliciousness that I was seeing, I ran out and bought the book!!! I can't wait to try out a few recipes for myself but just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration! I think you did a fabulous job!

  9. PheMom says:

    I do love my copy of this book too. If you get a chance, make the strusel cupcakes (really coffee cake muffins) – they are delicious. Be warned though, it makes a ton!

    All your cupcakes look so pretty! Great review too!

  10. eatme_delicious says:

    I agree that brownies don't belong in the cupcake book, unless they're brownie cupcakes somehow. Lots of yummy looking cupcakes you made from this book!

  11. kamailesfood says:

    You selected a diverse range of recipes. I think the strawberry ones were the most tempting for me. I'll definitely have to pick this book up sometime soon.

  12. Natalie says:

    Hey there, I'm just saying hi from the Foodie Giveaway site 🙂

    We think so much alike . . . not making anything twice, rating meals, reviewing cookbooks… I'll have to add you to my reader so I can see what you come up with next!

    Great blog 🙂

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