I have a serious thing for cupcakes (the only thing better than cake is a mini cake, just for you), so A Zombie Ate My Cupcake has me chortling with delight and drooling in anticipation. Not only are the decorations absolutely fantastic — from the insanely complicated-looking Bleeding Hearts to the delightfully simple Ghastly Ghouls and Monstrous Mummies — the recipes are, dare I say, to die for. The flavors are as titillating as the visuals; I find that so many creative cakes actually taste pretty rotten, but when you use meringue for a light-as-air ghost, cherry sauce and pomegranate seeds for gaping wounds, and marzipan for mutant ears, it’s just got to taste delicious.
“Lily Vanilli” is a British cake designer who really cares about the ingredients as well as the look of things. She not only gives lots of tips for using cake decorating fundamentals to create your own designs, but she nudges you in the direction of good ingredients, like “good-quality runny honey,” freshly grated nutmeg, and fresh cherries if possible for the cherry sauce. And the book, while absolutely perfect for All Hallows’ Eve, will be useful year ’round, whether you’re making Day of the Dead skulls or Fallen Angel toppings.
Book Giveaway Time!
One lucky CRAFT reader will receive a copy of the book A Zombie Ate My Cupcake. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by 5pm PST on Friday, October 22, 2010. The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and announced later on the site. Good luck!