Cupcakes From the Cake Mix Doctor

The cupcake is America’s darling. It’s celebrated in upscale bakeries, on magazine covers, and in thousands of classrooms where if it’s someone’s birthday, a parent has sent in cupcakes to share. The very word “cupcake” conjures up whimsy, coziness, pleasure, nostalgia. Not to mention the fact that their diminutive size means you can eat a lot of them. In this book, Anne Byrn offers 135 tempting recipes for children and grown-ups, for special days and everyday, lunch bags, holiday parties, and an unexpected dinner party dessert.

Why I wrote this book

Criss-crossing the country on book tour, I saw the cupcake trend coming. And yet the offerings were pretty simple – yellow cake with chocolate frosting, mostly. I thought a book devoted just to cupcakes seemed right. Kids love cupcakes, families bake them, and they are just the right size for one serving. Plus cupcakes are so nostalgic. I travel back to my childhood whenever I peel back the paper liner and take a bite of a chocolate cupcake with creamy white frosting. I had a great time creating all things cupcake in this book.

My favorite recipes:

  • Coconut Snowballs
  • Key Lime Pie Cupcakes
  • Warm Chocolate Cupcakes with Molten Centers

Recipes my kids love:

  • Cookie Dough Cupcakes
  • Butterfly Cupcakes
  • Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

Recipes my friends love:

  • Chocolate Almond Cupcakes
  • Monster Monkeys
  • The Best Birthday Cupcakes


“If you can think of a reason to celebrate, master cake-mix baker Anne Byrn can think of a cupcake to go with the fun”
—Carolina Parent Magazine

“Anne Byrn explains how to turn cake mix into sinfully good cupcakes. The frosting recipes alone make it worth buying”

“There are imaginative cupcakes just for kids, fancy ones for adults, and elegant creations like a Cupcake Wedding Cake”
—Library Journal

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