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Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat [Paperback]

Martha Stewart Living Magazine
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June 2 2009
The perfect cupcake for every occasion.

Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated, cupcakes are the treats that make everyone smile. They are the star attraction for special days, such as birthdays, showers, and holidays, as well as perfect everyday goodies. In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share 175 ideas for simple to spectacular creations–with cakes, frostings, fillings, toppings, and embellishments that can be mixed and matched to produce just the right cupcake for any occasion. Alongside traditional favorites like yellow buttermilk cupcakes swirled with fluffy vanilla frosting and devil’s food cupcakes crowned with rich, dark chocolate buttercream, there are also sweet surprises such as peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, dainty delights like tiny almond-cherry tea cakes, and festive showstoppers topped with marizpan ladybugs or candy clowns.

The book features cupcakes for everyone, every season, and every event: Celebrations (monogram heart cupcakes perfect for an elegant wedding); Birthdays (starfish-on-the-beach cupcakes sure to be a hit at children’s parties); Holidays (gumdrop candy ghouls and goblins ideal for Halloween revelers); and Any Day (red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for a picnic, or caramel-filled mini chocolate cakes for grown-up gatherings).

In singular Martha Stewart style, the pages are both stunning in design–with a photograph of each finished treat–and brimming with helpful how-to information, from step-by-step photographs for decorating techniques to ideas for packaging and presenting your cupcakes. Whether for any day or special days, the treats in Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes will delight one and all.

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About the Author

MARTHA STEWART LIVING MAGAZINE was first published in 1990. Since then, more than three dozen books have been published by the magazine's editors.

MARTHA STEWART is the author of three dozen bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the popular daily syndicated television show.

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One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Gumdrops
Piped buttercream starbursts and chewy gumdrops make playful toppings for these ever-popular chocolate cupcakes. As the name of the recipe implies, all the ingredients come together in one bowl. Using vegetable oil instead of butter makes an exceptionally moist cake; good quality cocoa powder, such as Valrhona, produces a deep, dark color and the best flavor. White icing and clear gumdrops combine in this elegant monochromatic motif; use multi-colored gumdrops for a more whimsical effect. You can customize the cake flavor by using a different extract in place of the vanilla; for example, anise would complement the clear gumdrops used here (increase amount of extract to 1½ teaspoons). Makes 18

1½ cups all–purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened Dutch–process cocoa powder
1½ cups sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
¾ cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup warm water
Swiss Meringue Buttercream (recipe below)
¾ pound gumdrops, for Garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs, buttermilk, oil, extract, and the water; beat until smooth and combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
2. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
3. To finish, fill a pastry bag fitted with a medium French-star tip (Ateco #863 or Wilton #363) with buttercream. Pipe 5 starbursts around perimeter of cupcake, then pipe another starburst in the center. Cupcakes can be stored up to 1 day at room temperature, or refrigerated up to 3 days, in airtight containers. Bring to room temperature and place a gumdrop in the center of each starburst before serving.


Swiss Meringue Buttercream
If there is one frosting recipe a home baker should always have on hand, this is it. This all-purpose buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be piped into perfect peaks and patterns. Swiss meringue buttercream is also less sweet than other types of frosting, with a wonderful buttery taste. It can be varied with different extracts, juices, zests, and other flavoring agents, and tinted any shade. Don’t worry if the mixture appears to separate, or “curdle,” after you’ve added the butter; simply continue beating on medium-high speed, and it will become smooth again.
Makes about 5 cups

5 large egg whites
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temperature
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved (the mixture should feel completely smooth when rubbed between your fingertips).
2. Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Starting on low and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy and glossy, and completely cool (test by touching the bottom of the bowl), about 10 minutes.
3. With mixer on medium-low speed, add the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. Once all butter has been added, whisk in vanilla. Switch to the paddle attachment, and continue beating on low speed until all air bubbles are eliminated, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl with a flexible spatula, and continue beating until the frosting is completely smooth. Keep buttercream at room temperature if using the same day, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Before using, bring to room temperature and beat with paddle attachment on low speed until smooth again, about 5 minutes.
4. (Optional) To tint buttercream (or royal icing), reserve some for toning down the color, if necessary. Add gel-paste food color, a drop at a time (or use the toothpick or skewer to add food color a dab at a time) to the remaining buttercream. You can use a single shade of food color or experiment by mixing two or more. Blend after each addition with the mixer (use the paddle attachment) or a flexible spatula, until desired shade is achieved. Avoid adding too much food color too soon, as the hue will intensify with continued stirring; if necessary, you can tone down the shade by mixing in some reserved untinted buttercream.


Martha's Meyer Lemon Cupcakes
Makes 42

The mild and sweet flavor of Meyer lemon is one of Martha’s favorites; these zest-flecked cupcakes are filled with Meyer lemon curd, which peeks out from the tops. The fruit, which is actually a lemon-orange hybrid, is generally available at specialty stores in winter and early spring. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, use regular lemons instead. The recipe yields a lot of cupcakes, so you may want to consider these for a bake sale or large gathering, such as a shower or special birthday celebration.

3½ cups all–purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons finely grated Meyer lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice (from 1 to 2 Meyer lemons)
½ teaspoon baking powder
1½ teaspoons coarse salt
1¾ cups (3½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
7 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Lemon Curd (made with Meyer lemons; below)

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, zest, baking powder, and salt.
2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in cream cheese. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Add flour mixture in three batches, beating until just combined after each.
3. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 28 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
4. To finish, dust cupcakes with confectioners’ sugar. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and a medium round tip (#8) with curd. Insert tip into top of each cupcake, and squeeze some curd below top to fill the inside, then lift the tip and squeeze more curd in a pool on top. Filled cupcakes can be kept at room temperature up to 1 hour (or refrigerated a few hours more) before serving.

Lemon Curd

A high proportion of lemon juice gives curd its intense flavor. As an acid, the juice also prevents the yolks from curdling when heated (unlike when making pastry cream, which requires the extra step of tempering). You can substitute an equal amount of juice from other citrus, such as lime, grapefruit, or blood orange.
Makes about 2 cups

2 whole eggs plus 8 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
⅔ cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature

Combine whole eggs and yolks, sugar, and lemon juice in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Add butter, a few pieces at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Strain through a fine sieve into another bowl, and cover with parchment paper or plastic wrap, pressing it directly on surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled and firm, at least 2 hours (or up to 2 days).


Fourth of July Cupcakes

Tiny blue buttercream stars and red licorice stripes create a patriotic batch of cupcakes to celebrate Independence Day. Festive
Makes 24

24 Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes (below) or One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes (above)
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Blue gel–paste food color
1 small bag red licorice laces

1. Tint 1 cup buttercream bright blue with gel-paste food color. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip (#4). Using an offset spatula, spread each cupcake with a smooth layer of untinted buttercream. Cupcakes can be refrigerated up to 3 days in airtight containers; bring to room temperature before decorating
2. To finish, cut licorice laces into seventy-two 1 ½ inch-long pieces and seventy–two ¾ inch–long pieces. Arrange three longer pieces and three shorter pieces to form a flag pattern on each cupcake. With blue frosting, pipe nine dots in each open corner to form “stars.”


Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes

You will likely make these cupcakes again and again, varying the frosting (say, dark chocolate) and sprinkles (sparkly, multicolored, or otherwise) to suit your whim or fancy. Two types of flour contribute to the cupcakes’ singular texture: Cake flour makes for a delicate crumb, while all-purpose flour keeps them from being too tender. Makes 36

3 cups cake flour (not self–rising...


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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for beginners Jan. 11 2012
By G. Larouche TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book contains everything one needs to learn how to make cupcakes from scratch! In it, you'll find a lot of classic cupcake and frosting recipes, and some very original new ideas, both for flavors and for decorating, everything accompanied by mouthwatering and informative step-by-step pictures. The downside of this book (and most cupcake books out there) is that so much emphasis is put on decorating the cakes, when I feel more recipes would have been a better use of space. I also think that the section on properly using pastry bags and the simple frosting recipes should have been at the beginning of the book instead of at the end. Despite those flaws, I love this book! It's an great source of inspiration and ideas, and though I would especially recommend it for baking-beginners, everyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Aug. 19 2014
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Horrible! Waste of money! Yes it has lots of cupcakes but most of the recipes are not common ones but strange ones. Made the carrots and the recipe called for so much oil it was greasy and disgusting!!! I'm an experienced baker so I don't get all the good reviews on here. All her cupcake recipes are also the most fattening kinds I've ever seen! Do not waste your money on this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! April 23 2014
By Maureen
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I just got this book and am SO IMPRESSED at how many recipes for cupcakes there are in this book! There is basically every kind of cupcake you can think of, and detailed instructions for beginners. I can't wait to make a lot of cupcakes. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Recipes March 12 2014
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I have had this book for a few years and it is my go-to book for cupcakes. The recipes are easy to follow and the cupcakes always taste great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... Jan. 17 2014
By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER
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After over 20 years on TV, 81 books, a magazine and countless self-branded household products from linens to cookware, Martha Stewart falls nothing short of a domestic Empress. It follows, then, that her new trio of books, "Martha Stewart's Cupcakes," "Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts" and "Martha Stewart's Cakes," which contain over 500 recipes in total, form a comprehensive and definitive guide to baking.

In typical Martha style, the books' pages brim with both stunning photographs of each finished treat and helpful how-to information on decorating techniques, packaging and presentation. The back of each book focuses on basics including general baking tips and techniques as well as advice on ingredients and equipment. She also includes recipes for "extras" such as sauces and garnishes (coulis, creme anglaise, sugared fruit, chocolate-covered mint leaves etc).

"Cupcakes," the most impressive of the three books, spotlights the perfect cupcake for every occasion. Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, Stewart proves that these diminutive cakes can become both showstoppers for special occasions and everyday treats. Alongside traditional favorites like yellow buttermilk cupcakes with fluffy vanilla frosting and devil’s food cupcakes crowned with dark chocolate buttercream, she presents sweet surprises such as peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, dainty delights like tiny almond-cherry tea cakes, and festive centrepieces topped with marizpan ladybugs or candy clowns.

"New Pies & Tarts" likewise contains classics such as pecan, pumpkin and apple but also the more exotic Vanilla Bean-Pineapple Tart and Persimmon Tartlets with Caramel Cream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like it! Nov. 29 2013
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Tried several of the recipes and the cupcakes are delicious. Fun ideas for decorating / presentation and time saving tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect cupcakes book April 20 2013
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I use it for cupcakes and for real big cakes (by cooking longer in oven) and everyone looooove my cakes! It is the best recipe book I have bought in my life (and Lord knows I have many!)
There are recipes for everyone and every occasion and even decorating ideas everyone with hands could make!
I recommend it!
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By Cerid
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I have the Martha Stewart Cookie book. This was also a great book with lots of interesting ideas as Martha is known for.
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