Anyone who has read about me in Lois Winston’s Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series knows that I love cupcakes and muffins—both baking them and eating them. As the food editor at American Woman magazine, where Anastasia and I work, I not only bake up my own confections, but I get to sample ones from various bakeries and food companies across the country, all looking for a thumbs-up mention in the magazine. (Check out the various flavors of the adult-only liqueur cupcakes in Decoupage Can BeDeadly.)
As you might imagine, I have an extensive collection of cookbooks. (Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a cookbookaholic.) Today I thought I’d share with you my latest purchase, The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace's Kitchen by Candace Nelson.
For those of you who don’t recognize the author’s name, pastry chef Candace Nelson was the founder of Sprinkles, the very first cupcakes-only bakery, opened in 2005. She’s also been a judge on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. (Watching baking shows is high on my list of guilty pleasures.)
However, I've found this baking book too special to shelve with the rest of my collection. It’s not only filled with wonderful recipes for all sorts of delectable cupcakes, muffins, cakes, pies, cookies, and other desserts, it’s part art book due to the wonderful photographic images. In my home it now resides in a place of honor on my coffee table, easily within reach for perusing whenever the urge strikes.
In The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace's Kitchen, which is also Candace’s first cookbook, you’ll not only find 100 of her favorite recipes, including 50 Sprinkles cupcake recipes, she’s even created a few new cupcakes especially for this book. My favorite is the crème brûlée. And if all that weren’t enough, there are even some guest recipes from various Sprinkles fans such as Barbara Streisand, Reese Witherspoon, and Julia Roberts.