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Weekend Cooking: Bake it in a Cupcake

October 28, 2012

Bake it in a Cupcake: 50 Treats with a Surprise Inside, by Megan Seling, has got to be one of the cutest cookbooks I’ve ever seen.  It is filled with recipes for 50 treats with a surprise inside – mostly cupcakes, but there are muffin, biscuit,  egg-filled croissant cups and even brownie bite recipes included.  A few recipes, like Reese’s Pieces Halloween Brownie Bites and Girl Scout Cookie Cupcakes are geared for certain times of the year, but most are not.   I don’t think this has ever happened to me before, but every single recipe in this gem of a cookbook appealed to me.

At the beginning of the cookbook, Seling gives tips on how to create your own recipes for treats with a surprise inside and she also includes a place for notes in the back.  For the most part, the recipes include ingredients that are easy to find.  The recipe I decided to try, Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting did call for cinnamon chips which aren’t available in my area, but Seling included easy directions for creating a substitute.

When I selected this recipe, I figured I’d need a whole day to create these cupcakes – after all, I had to make the pies first and then bake them into the cupcakes.  I was thrilled to discover that Seling includes tips and shortcuts that really streamlined the process.  I did make quite a mess but, with the clear, concise directions, this recipe was easy to make.  The actual cupcakes were prettier than my picture and they were a big hit!  These beauties would make a fabulous Thanksgiving dessert, but Seling has done her research and says they’re good any time of the year.

I’m sure I’ll be turning to this cookbook again and again.  If you love to bake and want to create an extraordinary dessert, get your hands on a copy of Bake it in a Cupcake!

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Review copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
31 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2012 4:11 am

    I’ve never heard of cupcakes with a treat inside. This is such a cute idea.

  2. October 28, 2012 6:37 am

    I’ll bet kids who normally don’t like pumpkin pie would love this cupcake!

  3. Beth F permalink
    October 28, 2012 7:34 am

    Oh your cupcakes came out soooooo great! I haven’t baked from this yet, but I’m really looking forward to giving it a try.

  4. October 28, 2012 8:25 am

    They look adorable and delicious!!

  5. October 28, 2012 8:27 am

    Those look so yummy. I am going to have to check out that recipe.

  6. sandynawrot permalink
    October 28, 2012 8:36 am

    Between you and Julie, you are KILLING ME with this cookbook! I can’t stand it. No way I’d be able to make these recipes and not eat all of it. It would be good to take to someone’s house and impress the heck out of them!

  7. October 28, 2012 8:48 am

    I love surprises inside food! But I’m way too lazy to make something this complicated!

  8. October 28, 2012 9:02 am

    Last year we were messing around at work making cakes with a pie inside. They were extremely sweet but fun. The cupcakes look much neater and doable! Love the idea of this book!

  9. October 28, 2012 9:11 am

    This is right up my alley, I like baking cupcakes. Sounds like a great cookbook! I like tat she give alternatives and shortcuts. Your cupcakes look yummy!

  10. October 28, 2012 9:26 am

    That picture is fantastic and they look tasty! I’m not the best at cooking things, but I do occasionally bake and I really enjoy it, so maybe I should check this one out. Sounds like the research is done really well and there are a lot of handy tips, and for someone like me, that is exactly what I need!

  11. October 28, 2012 9:33 am

    Sounds wonderful, I’ll have to check it out, I have a group of cupcake monsters.

  12. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 28, 2012 10:55 am

    O neat. I love it. I want to learn how to do this.

  13. Uniflame permalink
    October 28, 2012 11:24 am

    I saw this book last week for the first time, and I so want it 😉

  14. October 28, 2012 11:48 am

    If my children were still living at home, I would rush to find this book. They would have loved these treats. So charming.

  15. October 28, 2012 11:54 am

    I love any kind of cupcake, and these look amazing!

  16. Caitie F permalink
    October 28, 2012 11:59 am

    That is a great idea! I am not a big ciupcake fan, but if I am going somewhere where there are a lot, I will get this book!

  17. October 28, 2012 1:00 pm

    This looks like so much fun; what a great idea. Your cupcakes look darling!

  18. October 28, 2012 1:17 pm

    So cute! Cool that it didn’t take all day to create these little treasures.

  19. October 28, 2012 3:26 pm

    What a great way to dress up cupcakes! My kids would love these.

  20. October 28, 2012 4:02 pm

    How adorable….thanks.

  21. October 28, 2012 4:44 pm

    I love this! Thanks for the heads up. I’m always afraid if I put something surprisey in my cupcakes it’ll bake away (like all those mistakes on Cupcake Wars). lol

  22. October 28, 2012 6:59 pm

    Boy, this seems like a great way to please both the pie traditionalists and the cake fanciers at Thanksgiving this year! (BTW, I have ordered the cinnamon chips from King Arthur Flour when I haven’t been able to find them around here and they are great.)

  23. October 28, 2012 8:09 pm

    Your cupcakes are gorgeous!!! Mine weren’t as pretty but they were delicious.

  24. October 28, 2012 9:02 pm

    This seems like such a fun book – especially when teaching kids to try cooking.

  25. October 28, 2012 9:11 pm

    My mother-in-law would love this book! She experiments all the time with new ideas for cupcakes. I’ll have to make note of this for Christmas.

  26. October 28, 2012 11:36 pm

    This post made me so hungry!

  27. October 29, 2012 1:08 am

    What a cute book! I’d like to try out some of these recipes. Yum!

  28. teresasreading permalink
    October 29, 2012 12:05 pm

    Those cupcakes look AMAZING! Your mailbox pile isn’t to shabby either.

  29. October 30, 2012 2:26 pm

    I love the idea of this book. I can’t recall ever trying to hide something into a cupcake. Glad to hear its not too time consuming.

  30. October 30, 2012 10:52 pm

    I don’t even bake but those pictures make me want to turn on my oven and get to mixing!

  31. boardinginmyforties permalink
    November 5, 2012 10:43 pm

    This is one that would be SO DANGEROUS for me to read. I love cupcakes and the idea that they would be filled with good stuff is almost too much for me to imagine!

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