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Book Review: Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

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Hello Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson is full of easy-to-understand instructions for making several clever cupcakes.

Image courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Bottom Line

Interested in making your own cupcakes for your children's birthday parties? Do yourself a favor and buy this book. In fact, even if you'd rather hire a professional to do it, buy this book and give it to the bakery--it's chock full of clever ideas you won't see anywhere else.
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  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Beautifully illustrated with process and end-result photos
  • A wide variety of party themes are covered
  • Specific candy brands are suggested, making it easy to mimic the cupcakes you see in the book
  • Templates are provided


  • None so far!


  • 240 pages
  • More than 100 full-color photos
  • Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2008
  • No fancy pastry equipment required

Guide Review - Book Review: Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

Page after page, authors Karen Tack and Alan Richardson provide clear instructions for jaw-dropping cupcakes. There isn't a single idea in there I wouldn't love to make at some point, but my favorites are the Crazy Horses, Fat Cats, Shark Attack, Garden Party, Monarch Butterflies, Family Tree and Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Tack is a cooking teacher and food stylist for several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Parents, and Richardson has photographed several best-selling cookbooks. Between the text and the visual aids, they make each project seem easy to accomplish, not intimidating.

Some of their ideas are downright funny, like the shark jumping out of the water and taking a bite out of an inflatable life ring, which is actually a mini doughnut. I sat down with my 4-year-old daughter at the bookstore, flipping through the pages before I decided to buy Hello, Cupcake!, and we literally laughed out loud as we looked at some of the ideas.

Yes, making these cupcakes will take you more time than frosting a batch and covering them with sprinkles (which is cute and fun in its own way). But the giggles and awe these cupcakes will produce will be worth your effort.

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