Sweet! Celebrations

Sweet! Celebrations

Book - 2016 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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The creator and host of My Cupcake Addiction --one of the world's most widely viewed online baking shows--shares her most dazzling and delicious dessert recipes and ingenious entertaining tips so you can throw the perfect party.

Whether you're putting together a simple snack or an over-the-top extravaganza, bringing sweets to the office or planning a trick-or-treat to be remembered, Sweet! Celebrations will be your go-to book in the kitchen.

Organized around special occasions throughout the year--from Valentine's Day to Christmas--the book includes Elise's favorite recipes for a rustic wedding, a game-day celebration, an elegant afternoon tea, a colorful children's birthday bash, and many more. Get the party started with the centerpiece cake--such as a Jack O' Lantern Smash Cake or whimsical Tree Stump Cake--and pair it with Elise's tasty drinks. Her easy, innovative small bakes and "no bake" options are great for filling out your display and giving every get-together that extra "wow" factor.

You'll find beautiful double-page photos of each theme party and step-by-step photographs that make decorating gorgeous cakes easy--even for beginners.

Using the same accessible approach that has drawn millions of followers to My Cupcake Addiction , Elise's cherished recipes for classic cakes, frostings, and toppings will make any novice baker feel like a pro.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501142222
Branch Call Number: 641.568 Str
Characteristics: 231 pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm


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Jan 18, 2019

I enjoy looking through cookbooks for inspiration, which is why this book called out to me. The pictures are beautiful and certainly inspiring. However, the author falls short on delivering a whole package when it comes to the instructions and layout of the book. There are many recipies that look wonderful but certainly time consuming. Unfortunately, there is no guideline for an approximation of how long it will take to complete or how long the item will stay fresh if you make it in advance of your party. The author provides great party ideas but no timeline of how to best execute your plan. Another area that disappointed me was the section about tempering chocolate where there is just a mention that this needs to be done but then you are refered to the internet to get instructions on how to do this process instead of them being included in the book.

CatherineG_1 Jul 30, 2017

I will confess. I am one of those people who constantly goes through cookbooks and has good intentions of making some of the recipes.

What I am looking for is something unusual that I feel I could do for my family. This book hits the mark.

Elise Strachan is the host of Cupcake Addiction. Each chapter in this book includes cute recipes but also the decorating elements to finish any theme. For her spring fling, I loved her "Naked" Flower cake where the sides are not frosted and the top is decorated with real flowers. Her garden pot cupcakes remind me of a recipe I saw years ago that I always thought was so adorable. She uses Starburst candies to "make vegetables."

Check out her garden teacup cakes on page 93.

My family would probably love the Giant Peanut Butter Cup and the Smores hot chocolate.

I also love her Hidden Ornament cupcakes where she used the mini reeses peanut butter cups as the socket for light bulbs. Gumballs are the "light bulbs."

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