Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Artisanal Gluten Free Cupcake Cookbook Review

Do you know the muffin man?  He lives on Drewery Lane.  I am sure that once the muffin man tastes these cupcakes he may change from baking muffins to cupcakes.  

These cupcakes were delicious!   

It all started with the 
Carrot Cake Cupcake.  

 It was moist --- full of carrots, pineapple, and coconut!
Everyone here loved these carrot cake cupcakes.

Next was the
Pumpkin Spice Cupcake.

These will make your house smell like you are at a harvest festival.  The smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves make you long for Thanksgiving day!  Another winner!

Apple Upside Down Cupcakes

Oohhh!  my!  These little cakes make me want more! more! more!
You start off making a caramel sauce.

Pour that sweet sauce into your muffin tin.  Place your thinly sliced apples on top.  
 Spoon in your batter and bake. 
 You get this luscious little apple cupcake.

 Lemon Blueberry Cupcake.

This cupcake was the perfect amount of lemon, bursting with blueberries.
  Even with my sad frosting job, these cupcakes were fantastic!

We devoured all of these cupcakes--enough said on how good they were.  
 This is a five star cookbook.   I am confident that I could cook any cupcake in this cookbook and they would be wonderful.  They have a wide variety of gourmet cupcakes like s'more cupcakes, fruit tart cupcakes, and key lime cupcakes, and more!

 Features about this cookbook worth mentioning.  

It provides a chart to help you navigate making accommodations for egg and refined sugar free versions. 
The recipe for their gluten free flour blend can be blended for either a single batch of 24 cupcakes, or for larger batches of 96.  I mixed up one large batch recipe and made all these cupcakes. 
 Perfect for parties or bake sales.
They give you flour blend substitutions if you are sensitive to sorghum, corn, or potato.
Great if you are avoiding nightshades.
No having to guess!
I always use what they call the spooned flour method for measuring flours.  It is helpful to remind people not to scoop the flour directly out of your container of flour, but to use a spoon to measure out your flour into your measuring cup. 
They do a great job of giving a mini 'cupcake making class' at the beginning of the book.  You get a thorough overview of tools, types of cakes you will be cooking up, types of frosting, how to fill the cupcakes, decorating and piping tips, and gluten free baking tips. 
 One of those great tips was the use of paper liners over foil liners.  The use of paper liners allows the cake to 'breathe' and allow the excess moisture and steam to escape while the cupcakes bake.    

This artisanal cookbook really takes the time to help you understand the art of making delicious and beautiful cupcakes.  This cookbook is worth owning.  A total keeper!

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