Cupcakes are all the rage, with `cupcakeries' such as New York's Magnolia Bakery leading the way. Cupcakes are now an established alternative to the traditional cake at weddings and other celebrations. The first book to combine recipes with a celebration of the joy of cupcakes themselves. This indulgent, beautifully photographed, yet totally practical celebration of the world of cupcakes features 100 ideas for baking, decorating, displaying, serving and consuming cupcakes--the small cake with BIG potential. Recipes include a range of yummy sponge cakes, icings and frostings, while ideas for embellishment and display show that the sky's the limit. Includes suggestions for incorporating cupcakes into every occasion, from chic weddings and cute baby showers to festive Christmas parties and sassy girls' nights in. Written by two experts in the world of cupcakes who know just how cupcake connoisseurs want their creations to look and taste.