Book Reviews

500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connolly

On the cover of the book, Connolly boldly states, “the only cupcake compendium you’ll ever need” but I am not so sure. I have made 3 cupcake recipes (oreo cookie, jelly donut and chocolate buttercream) from this book and all of them have been mediocre. Not sure if its my inability to substitute (I do not have self-rising flour) but all of them have been dry and tasteless. But I will say that all 3 “frosting” recipes were good. Even though there are tips, techniques and great photography for many recipes (I love having pictures in any cookbook), I also feel a little mislead because there aren’t really 500 unique cupcakes. Trust me. I wasn’t naive enough to think there would be 500 cupcake recipes but there are definitely multiple filler cupcakes by simply adding an ingredient(s) to each base recipe and a whole chapter dedicated to muffins. Uh…hello? Muffins are NOT cupcakes. Muffins are just ugly cupcakes. Just saying… LOL.

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  1. too cute. I love Mr. Cuppy’s suprise appearance. :)

  2. I completely agree with your review of 500 cupcakes. I usually use it to get inspiration and then use recipes I know are good. I don’t buy self rising flour either.

  3. I agree, not a fan of 500 cupcakes. Its a great picture book and may stimulate ideas but, I don’t like the idea of self rising flour. I would rather control my levening agents. I will say, that I really like the book, “Cake Love” by Warren Brown. He talks about the science of making a cake which allows you to understand when and why ingredients are used/added. Plus, the frosting recipes are TA-DIE for!!!

  4. MARY, Thats pretty much how I feel. Its a good book for inspiration but I’ll find different recipes.

    COURTNEY, ooohhh thanks for the “cake love” book rec! I’ll have to check it out! :)

  5. The 500 cupcakes recipes calling for self-rising flour are disappointing. Dry and crumbly. i agree the book is worth purchasing for inspiration, but only that. Self-rising flour and superfine sugar do not make for the best cupcake.

  6. CHLOE, Interesting that you use self rising flour but have the same dry cupcake texture as I get. Thanks for review.

  7. Finaly found some one who tried to cook out of this book and found what i did. Nothing is right. Not to mention tasteless. The more I
    tried this weekend the worse it got. Index Cherry cupcake. The only cherries were on top. Which called for 12 cherries to 18 cakes. I dought if any one tested this book or check of index. I have cooked for many years and read cookbooks like great novels. This has to be the worst. To bad they got money for this. I’m glad i bought used.

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