Author(s): Tamara Jane
Imagine the surprise and delight evoked by the gift of a cupcake complete with an exquisite topping, to mark a special occasion. It is a moment to treasure. Baking for a celebration is a pleasure in itself. There is the anticipation of choosing the recipe and selecting the most appropriate topping for the occasion. The range of delectable cupcake recipes to savour and enjoy in "Celebration Cupcakes" includes Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as special birthdays, weddings, presents for Mum and Dad, a baby shower and simply a treat for the chocolate-lover. Those with dietary considerations are not forgotten; there's diary-free, lactose intolerant and vegan cupcake recipes to celebrate. Icing templates and techniques reveal all you need to produce beautiful decorations with such fanciful delights as gold edible glitter, champagne frosting, flower paste, organza ribbons and lustre dust.
Award-winning patisserie chef Tamara Jane has worked throughout Europe, America and Australasia. Her designer cupcake shop called Tempt is found in Wellington, New Zealand. Divine Cupcakes, her first book with New Holland was published in 2009 and is now in its fourth reprint. Tamara is married with three children. Danielle Saudino collaborated with Tamara Jane on her first book. Working with her partner Adam Toomer, she is an internationally recognised commercial photographer, now based in New Zealand.