Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat

By Martha Stewart

9,448 ratings - 4.13* vote

The perfect cupcake for every occasion.Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated, cupcakes are the treats that make everyone smile. They are the star attraction for special days, such as birthdays, showers, and holidays, as well as perfect everyday goodies. In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share 175 ideas The perfect cupcake for every occasion.Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated,

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Book details

Paperback, 352 pages
June 2nd 2009 by Clarkson Potter
Original Title
Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treats
0307460444 (ISBN13: 9780307460448)
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I went to the bookstore today armed with a list of cupcake books and flipped through about 20 of them before deciding that Martha Stewart's Cupcakes was the only book that had everything I wanted. It was organized in a very logical way. It starts with the simple "any day" cupcakes and moves along at a balanced pace to more involved processes or thematic cakes. And no one cupcake category dominates -- but there are some nice surprises -- there's even a vegan chocolate cupcake recipe included. This will be my go-to resource for everything 'cuppy.'

Laurie Garrison

My daughter and I wanted to make more cupcakes for the simple fact we eat less cake this away, I have no clue why. I kept looking for a good cupcake cookbook and found most of them just had cupcakes designed for kids. In the back of my mind I new Martha Stewarts cupcakes would be the only one for me. So I bought it. While listing to my daughter saying "don’t we have enough Martha Stewart cookbooks"? I say “so than what’s one more added to the kindle.” LOL.

When I revived the book and looked it over, I was very pleased with the over look of the book and how the pictures and pages followed, I couldn’t wait to start. This book has just basic cupcakes from chocolate chip, yellow buttermilk, carrot, red velvet, coconut, devil’s food and more. You get the icing recipe for each one too. Then there is the dipped and glazed cupcakes which is, brown sugar pound cake, streusel cupcake, pumpkin brown butter cupcake and more. Then you go to Simple and sweet cupcakes like marble cupcakes, raspberry marble cheesecakes and more. Next we have filled and layered mint cupcakes like filled brownie, black forest, peanut better filled chocolate and the categories goes on. You get tips on how to decorate cupcakes for the holidays. What I have made I’ve really enjoyed making and eating them. Well I guess the eating more;)


Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes on pg 104 are easy and heavenly - I've made them twice now. Martha usually makes things waaaay more complicated then they need to be (and there is a good deal of that in this book - no way am I piping icing grass onto the top of cupcakes. Or crafting mushrooms out of meringue. Hell. No.), but there are a few recipes in here that are simple and delicious. I can only give it 3 stars due to Martha's typical over-the-top ways, but there are some gems in this cookbook.

Marie Z. Johansen

Who doesn't love cupcakes? I am about as far away from being a 'Martha' as far can get. Granted, I would love to be more organized and, if I had more space, I probably would be. One thing that Martha always does, however, is put out a wonderful cookbook! I love this cupcake cookbook. There is something for everyone within it's pages from simple to super cute and fussy. I was happy to find this at our wonderful local library and can highly recommend this great cupcake compendium!

Becky Cook

Now we're talking, cupcake! This book is what baking is about. Every formula is amazing! There is are basic chocolate and white cupcakes for beginners and then there are the fun advanced cupcakes for bakers to try! I love a challenge when I bake and this book delivers with heavenly cupcakes that are sure to please!!!

Rachel Yoder

This is the BEST cupcake recipe book ever.


I feel a bit of a sap, publicly promoting anything Martha Stewart, but I definitely lingered over this one and kept the book 4 days past the due date.

I read the whole thing twice, certain parts more than that. There are some top-notch decorating ideas in this book. I love how the step-by-step instructions and accompanying pics make complex looking designs suddenly seem quite do-able. Even the meringue mushrooms, tho I'm not rushing to try them. I've tried the grass with ladybug which turned out easy enough to teach to a class of newbies. And the basketweave with strawberries was the same difficulty level. There are many cleverish ideas and the monster cupcakes are fantastic. If the cake and frosting recipes turned out, then this book would've been upgraded to 5 stars.

Well I tried the basic yellow cupcakes and although they did not taste awful, they did not taste good. After that bomb, I wasn't real enthused to try another recipe, but the applesauce spice cupcakes turned out yummy with unexpectedly superior texture. I also liked the accompanying brown sugar cream cheese frosting. This was my kind of cupcake. But not for everyone, especially those who don't love spice cakes or cream cheese frostings (sorry Justin). Also tried the swiss meringue buttercream. Mixed feelings about it. Silky smooth, slightly shiny, melt in your mouth, not too sweet and distinctly different. BUT, my stomach couldn't handle much of it, maybe the high butter content? And refrigeration seriously alters the frosting. Annoying to have to wait for it to come to room temp before eating. A high effort frosting compared to many others, but I'm glad to have finally tried it.

The recipes were kind of a wash, but the book still warrants 4 stars for its decorating ideas and beautiful presentation.


Exciting and inspiring ridiculousness abounds in this gorgeously presented book from homemaking queen, Martha Stewart.

Cupcakes are all the rage, cute, easy to serve and available in a diverse range of classic and more contemporary flavors. Martha's latest kitchen offering shares recipes for the most basic vanilla cake and buttercream frosting to elaborately decorated mini-cakes. This book is idea inspiring and should you pull off one of the more challenging recipes, you will impress the crowd. One of the benefits of this book is that Martha shares a number of techniques that can be used beyond making cupcakes. How to spin sugar (a daunting, messy looking feat, not for the faint hearted) or how to pipe frosting to achieve a certain texture are skills that you can teach yourself and take to other desserts.

At the very least, this is a fun book to just look at and ooh and aah over. At best, it's a creativity inspiring cookbook on how to make today's most popular treat and suitable for the novice baker or expert pastry chef.


This book gives cupcakes the respect they deserve. I thought twice about getting a Martha Stewart book for fear she would include desserts that were more fancy than delicious, and the book would be overloaded with recipes for muffins masquerading as cupcakes with only a few delicious recipes. While there are recipes for pistachio raspberry tea cakes and zucchini spice cupcakes (I guess that is to be expected when you include 175 recipes for cupcakes), they are the exception rather than the rule. The book mainly focuses on delicious sounding treats like peanut butter chocolate filled cupcakes, mocha cupcakes, and red velvet cupcakes. And, there are many entries that capture my favorite phenomena – when two dessert forms collide into one, such is the case with tiramisu, cookie, S’mores, and Boston cream pie cupcakes. Glorious.

The photographs in this book make me drool.


I was going through my to-read list and was surprised I didn't rate this sooner. This is one of my go-to books when I'm making treats for an occasion. Cupcakes may seem like a passing phase, but for me, they have earned their place. They are easy to make and decorate, easy to clean up, and easy to eat. How can you go wrong?

I've had this book for a while and I tend not to rate cookbooks until I try a few recipes to make sure I can have an informed opinion. I have tried many recipes from the book and some are better than others. But the ones that are really, really good are absolutely worth it. I've used this book so often that I've broken the spine in several places. Even if I didn't necessarily like the finished product (some of the chocolate cupcake flavors are one-note), I've always gotten great feedback from others who were eating them.