Cupcakes have always been crowd-pleasers at school birthday parties and neighborhood bake sales. But today they are also among the hottest culinary trends for sophisticated adults. Cupcakes Year-Round offers a platter full of delicious, grown-up recipes-Black Forest Cherry Cupcakes, Hot Buttered Rum Cakes, Carrot and Zucchini Cakes, and many more-along with kid-friendly PB & J's, Snowballs, and Spelling Bee Alphabet Cakes. In addition to 50 tasty recipes, organized by season (Easter Egg Nests for spring, Reindeer Snacks for winter), the book includes helpful information on the basics of making cupcakes, from mixing to icing, as well as instructions for piping techniques and tips on customizing cupcakes with syrups, fillings, and decorations. Mix-and-match batter and icing combinations give the baker more than 100 delectable cupcake options. With its unique easel format and retro design, this book proves that cupcakes are just as much fun to make as they are to eat. AUTHOR BIO: Sara Neumeier, a former food editor at Martha Stewart Living, is a recipe developer, food stylist, and writer whose work has appeared in Gourmet, Food & Wine, and Real Simple, along with Martha Stewart Living. This is her first book. Jonelle Weaver is a professional photographer whose work has appeared in such publications as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Gourmet.