When I saw Simon Cowell’s recommendation on the front of this book, I was instantly intrigued. I mean, it’s not every day that he has something nice to say, right? So in spite of the fact that there are hundreds of cupcake- and whoopie pie cook books out there, I decided that this one was worth trying out. And I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed.
Coming up with flavours that are new and original (but still delicious) is a real challenge – one that Sophie Grey meets very well. In this book you will find Strawberry Cheesecake Whoopies, Toffee Banoffee Whoopies, Lime and Cardamom Whoopies, Rose and Pistachio Cupcakes, Spiced Pear Cupcakes, and even a Beetroot Whoopie. Sophie also includes classic recipes like Vanilla, Chocolate and Red Velvet cupcakes, for days when you’re not feeling too adventurous.
The Tips, Equipment and Ingredients section of the book is most helpful, as the author tries to pre-empt various questions you might have about ovens, ingredients, whoopie sizes etc. It is one of the only books I’ve come across that links oven temperatures to domes forming on cupcakes, a tip that I am sure will help many bakers. Other sections of the book include Savoury Whoopies and Cupcakes (with some wonderful ideas for savoury alternatives to the sweet treats), Whacky Whoopies and Cupcakes (including a Spider Whoopie and a Hedgehog Whoopie) and a chapter for Specialist Whoopies and Cupcakes which includes eggless and gluten-free recipes.
I tried out the Brownie Whoopies straight away (photos below) and I found the ingredient list and instructions simple and easy to follow. My whoopies even turned out kind of like the photo in the book 🙂 All in all this book is a pleasure to bake from. The beautiful photos and interesting flavours are sure to inspire you, and the savoury and gluten-free chapters provide a welcome alternative to the classic butter-and-sugar baking recipes.
Thank you to Penguin Publishers for sending me this cook book full of awesomeness.