So this book is a cookbook (by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero of The PPK), well, bakebook more like, but when I initially received it in the mail I found myself carrying it with me wherever I went in the house. Before gathering ingredients to try my first recipe, I spent hours looking at the delicious photographs and reading about all the fancy versions of cupcakes about to enter my vegan world.
While the pictures do make this book especially appealing, the recipes promise to go beyond: First in line were the cookies ‘n’ cream cupcakes. Husband and friends agreed: Moist and delectable, not too overwhelmingly sweet and the frosting, just right. The golden vanilla cupcakes turned out perfect, and this coming weekend I’ll be whipping up the pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon frosting.
The recipes are mostly simple without fancy ingredients, and if the latter are called for, there are detailed descriptions on where to get them and what to look out for. Little “sprinkles” sections throughout the book provide this and more information whenever necessary.
There are altogether 75 recipes, as well as 14 for frostings and fillings. Other helpful advice such as what to look for in ingredients and what baking tools to use is provided as well as a foreword by Sara Quinn from Tegan and Sara.
The troubleshooting section is especially welcomed by me: I admit to lacking common sense at times when it comes to cooking and baking (okay, perhaps in life beyond my kitchen as well), and if you have those moments, you’ll like this section, too. What–could–possibly–go–wrong’s are followed by possible mistakes or oversights.
For those who are creatively inclined there is an entire section on decorating cupcakes, and there are also some website tips for harder–to–get ingredients and other fun baking supplies.
I just told my friend Bowen today that if you like sweet things (and who doesn’t?) and you’re vegan you are seriously missing out if this book doesn’t inhabit your kitchen shelf. There is a cupcake for every occasion, and hey, with the holidays approaching and a growing awareness of boycotting consumerism spreads among us, what could be a better gift than a home–baked batch of yummy cupcakes?