I don't know if I am enjoying the pictures, the possibilities, or the few desserts I've ventured into attempting so far. Full disclosure here- my aunt is the genius in the kitchen (read: five-star pastry chef)- I'm just a woman who really likes some delightful cakes and cupcakes. I mean, what is better than a cake? A cupcake. What's better than a cupcake? Just about nothing.
I like the witty upside-down upside down cake photos. I love that this cookbook breaks down the recipes into easy to understand and follow directions, and that the good folks at Fine Cooking Magazine also included the nutritional information on every recipe. It stopped me from trying a recipe or two that I wanted to, but it also gave me the conviction that a few I might have shied away from were absolutely a-okay to go ahead and give a whirl.
Fine Cooking Cakes & Cupcakes: 100 Best Ever Recipes has a lot of great points, one of which is that it doesn't focus on just one type of cake, or just on traditional flavors. Instead of a plethora of chocolate and vanilla and a smattering of fruits, there are ginger and cinnamon, and all sorts of delightful goodies, like caramel.
There are recipes for breakfast cakes as well as the decadent indulgences one imagines when looking a cake and cupcake book.
I'm very glad to have this in my arsenal for entertaining and for when I have to pull something fabulous together for a potluck.
Full points for optical eye candy, and full points for a great set of recipes.
I received a free eARC of this title for review purposes. I have not been compensated in any other way for my review, which was not swayed in any way by the free nature of said ARC.