Buttercream Dreams

Small Cakes, Big Scoops, and Sweet Treats

Mr. Martin explains to us how his place Smallcakes: A Cupcakery came to be and exactly what was the inspiration he used for naming his business. He further explains that he was a contestant on the popular reality show Cupcake Wars. Since he’s often asked for the recipes by his customers, he decided to write a cookbook dedicated to some of the recipes he uses in his cupcakery. The book is broken down into three sections which are: Small Cakes, Big Scoops and lastly, Sweet Treats. In the Small Cakes section I’d love to try the Rainbow and Sprinkle Cupcakes, Cookies and Cream Cupcakes, Cinnamon Maple Cupcakes and Vanilla Almond Cupcakes. In the Big Scoops section, without a doubt, I’d love to make the Cinnamon Crunch Ice Cream and the Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe as well. In the last section labeled Sweet Treats, I just can’t help but want to make some Cornflake-Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spiced Apple-Pear Pies in a Jar and Mom’s Holiday Fudge.

I absolutely loved this cookbook and I found myself salivating over the delectable pictures that were included with most of the recipes. The recipes were easy to understand and I’m eager to start getting the necessary ingredients together so I can begin making the recipes I mentioned above. I can only hope that my attempt at making these treats will produce the same results as the drool-worthy pictures that Mr. Martin has added to his book. I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to review this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a sweet tooth for irresistible sweets!

Book Blurb for Buttercream Dreams

Maybe a cupcake will help? That's the slogan of one of the nation's most popular sweet spots, Smallcakes. Here are thirty of the best, fun, and easiest recipes for iced cupcakes, ice creams, and sweet treats from this fast growing company.

More than just a super cookbook, this is the story of how Jeff Martin created the wildly popular and fast-growing Smallcakes franchise. He shares his experiences on starting his business and coming up with some of his very first signature cupcake flavors like Cookies-n-Cream. He appeared on the Food Network's reality show called Cupcake Wars and famously became the guy who forgot the pumpkin in a pumpkin cupcake challenge. That popular recipe for a Pumpkin Cupcake with Cardamon buttercream is among the recipes in this book. He also introduces some of his creative new flavors like Peanut Butter Pretzel and French Toast with Bacon. Since they are a family owned company, he also includes his kid's favorite flavors. His son Jax loves bubble gum so they created a Bubblegum Cupcake. His daughter Lily is a very crazy kid, so she asked her dad to come up with some crazy flavors like Orange Creamsicle and Caramel Pecan Carrot Cake. This is not just another cupcake book, it also contains recipes for ice cream and other confections offered now at Smallcakes locations such as Jeff's recipes for their famous Nutella Wella Ice cream, Mama's Chocolate Fudge, and Smallcakes Crazy Monster Cookies. These are thirty recipes to make and enjoy with the whole family.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 5.00