Books That Cook: Big Book of Cupcakes

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Southern Living’s new “Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes” by Jan Moon (Oxmoor House, April 2011, $19.95) is a true treat for the eyes. The large color photo that accompanies each yummy recipe makes you want to lick the page. The author is the owner of Dreamcakes Bakery in Birmingham, Ala., and she shares step-by-step directions, hints, decorating tips … and even some insider secrets. Tie on your apron to try tons of new flavor combinations. The book includes a full-page visual feast of cupcakes for year-round celebrations – from Mardi Gras to Thanksgiving, and even baby showers, first birthdays and graduations. Last, but certainly not least, there are instructions for creating a backdrop, or display, for the fun cupcakes you cook up!