During the month of October both the Central and Turner branch Teen Advisory Groups tried their hand at cupcake decorating. The TV shows on the food network make it seem so easy and fun. This is what TAG had to say, “Cupcake decorating is much more difficult than it seems when you start trying to decorate like the pros. The techniques and ideas are more complicated than we first thought. You need lots of practice and patience to pull off the perfect design.”
The Cupcake Decorating Book Reviews
Cupcake decorating LAB by Bridget Thibeault, 4 out of 5 stars
PROS: *Great layout and design for readers. *Favourite book of the bunch. *Lots of step by step instructions and photos that explain each step and most importantly there were photos to accompany each step. *The instructions seem to work out as described. *Most of the ideas are very doable for the average baker. *A bigger sized book so the pages were able to show more detail. *All ages would like this book.
CONS: *Seemed too “girly”, would have been better if there were more masculine themes. *Print could have been a bit bigger
Delish Cupcakes by Color by Hearst Books, 3.5 out of 5 stars
PROS: *Over 100 cupcakes to try and sorted by coloured themes. *The book displays very nice photographs of the finished product. *Lots of inspiration for every kind of theme you can imagine. *Very fancy looking cupcakes, high end designs.
CONS: *The instructions where written in a paragraph rather than step by step. *The print was small and so was the book, not good while you are trying to make the cupcakes. *Only showed the finished decorated styles and did not go into how to bake the cupcakes. *Not helpful for the beginner decorator.
Bake Me I’m Yours…Cupcake Celebration by Lindy Smith, 3 out of 5 stars
PROS: *Nice photographs of the finished product. *Lots of step by step written instructions but would have been nice to have more pictures to go along with it. *Easy enough instructions to follow but a beginner may still have a bit of difficulty.
CONS: *Seemed too “girly” not enough masculine themes. *Only 25 recipes to try not a lot of variety as in the other books. *The book was too small and the print was too fine and light.
Final Thoughts: The best book for this challenge was the Cupcake Decorating LAB, it was easy to follow and had many great ideas for beginner decorators. It was interesting trying something new; most of the group had never decorated a cupcake so intricately before other than basic icing.
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