My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Hello Cupcake

Check out this lovely book:


This is Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat, published by Clarkson Potter on June 2, 2009. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy.

This is 352 pages of delicious recipes, good advice, step-by-step how-tos, and glorious photo-styling.

Don’t these look yummy?


And you gotta love a dinosaur cupcake!


The step-by-step techniques are meticulously illustrated:


There are even templates and clipart for cupcake toppers!


When I got this book for review, I was overwhelmed with greed and thought about keeping it for myself. But given that I can’t remember the last time I made cupcakes, and have no plans to make them in the foreseeable future, I’ll pass this book along to one of you.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing to receive my copy of this gorgeous book, leave a comment to this blog post. On Sunday July 12 around noon Eastern time, the Random Number Generator will pick a winner.

Me? I’m still shawl knitting.


Lucy is not sure how she feels about that.



  1. Mary Kinser says:

    And this on the day I head back to the gym. I need a cupcake book like I need…oh what the heck, I’m in.

  2. Hey…..July 12th is my birthday! Perhaps the random number generator will smile on me! Thanks for sharing the book with us, Wendy!
    .-= Liz R´s last blog ..FINALLY =-.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I always feel a little less sinful when I eat a cupcake – I think it’s because they are small, they must be lower in calories!

  4. I’m dieting, but my daughter would love and use a book like that – two kids, ages 8 & 10 plus lots of school b-day parties.. Thanks, Wendy, for offering it.
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..WOOT..!!!!! =-.

  5. Lauren B says:

    yum cupcakes. I was tempted by this book recently. If I’m the lucky one I’ll send you cupcakes of your choice. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nurrr… cupcakes. Great, now I’m hungry. :-/
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Le Tour de Fleece: 2009 =-.

  7. I’m in too! What the heck, life is too short so eat small cakes!

  8. I would LOVE the Cupcake book. Already have most of Martha’s ‘works’. Thx.


  9. My kids will thank you if I am lucky enough to be selected! Thanks for the chance!

  10. Stacy and the five rugrats says:

    Put me in the hat for a cruel book filled with items that I can’t eat but my children will happily eat in front of me. LOL

    I can at least drool over the chocolate ones, imagining the day I can eat chocolate again. Woo hoo!

  11. I’m going to have start honing my cupcake skills now that my kiddo’s a toddler. Throw my name in the hat too, please.

  12. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, cupcakes … (a la Homer Simpson)

    Count me in for the drawing!

  13. I mostly eat cupcakes for the frosting.
    I’d love to have the opportunity to make more…count me in!

  14. What a neat looking book! Lucy may not know how she feels, but she looks good! πŸ™‚
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Mass Sheep & Wool! =-.

  15. Hmm, yummy looking book… wouldn’t say no…. Thanks…:-)
    .-= Abimbola´s last blog ..Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince =-.

  16. nummers cupcakes!
    .-= katkoe´s last blog ..3 Slang II stitch markers for knit or crochet =-.

  17. Mmmm cupcakes!
    .-= LittleWit´s last blog ..FO – Caricia =-.

  18. Cupcakes are definitely fun.

  19. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    I’m always up for cupcakes! Add me in as well πŸ™‚

  20. MMMM who doesn’t love cupcakes? Martha Rocks!
    .-= betzi´s last blog ..So what about knitting? =-.

  21. Alex Fagelson says:

    Mmm… cup cakes.

    Could you write about designing a circular shawl, please? I know nothing about the Pi shawl and am curious on how you make the different lace motifs fit togather.

  22. Melanie says:

    Oh, cupcakes – my weakness! I’m in! Thanks!

  23. I love cupcakes so much, we had them at my wedding! I can safely say, though, they did not do well in the freezer for that year. Who knew cupcakes could taste of “old”?

  24. Adrienne says:

    Hooray cupcakes.

  25. I have to admit, I’d love a cupcake book. I guess partly b/c I’m still v. much in the kids’ birthdays phase of life and inspiration is good πŸ™‚

  26. natasha says:


  27. Cupcakes really do rock.
    .-= sprite´s last blog ..readalong: nonfiction five =-.

  28. ooh I’d love to have a cupcake book… Looks like an excellent one πŸ™‚

  29. Mmmmmm…..cupcakes!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Quiet Holiday =-.

  30. I was looking at this book just the other day and would love my very own copy. Thanks!!

  31. Dorothy says:

    I think I gained 10lbs just looking at the cover!!:) but I have a grandson who loves cupcakes.
    I think Lucy looks lovely in your circular shawl…………….the colour just is purrfect for her!!

  32. I’ve been going to the bookstore two weeks in a roll thinking about buying this book. It would be awesome to win it. Glad to see a good review.
    .-= May´s last blog ..New toy =-.

  33. Shirley. in PA says:

    I love cupcakes! This book looks so good, I want it. Please………..

  34. Who wouldn’t want a copy of that one!? Maybe I’ll finally use that cupcake stand I bought…

  35. Two things:
    1) please please please enter me in the drawing

    2) do you brush Lucy daily or just take her to the groomer periodically? We just adopted an older Himalayan, so his fur is similar to Lucy’s, and I’m having a heck of a time keeping him knot free! But Lucy looks great so I’d love to hear your routine.
    .-= Jules´s last blog ..If these walls could talk =-.

  36. Would love to add the cupcake book to my shelf!

  37. Today’s my birthday! I think I deserve a cupcake!!

  38. Phyllis says:

    Would love to have the cupcake book. Will stop knitting socks and make cupcakes!

  39. I bet Lucy would LOVE a catnip cupcake!! I’ve made cupcakes every weekend for the past 5 weeks; I think everyone is ready for something that doesn’t come out of a can!!

  40. How can you not keep this? I went to a shop in Denver once called My Big Fat Cupcake!

  41. With three small kids I am making cupcakes all the time, I bet they would love some new recipes.

  42. Count me in. Who can resist cupcakes!!!! John, Maggie, and Nathan will love it if we’re chosen. πŸ˜‰
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Then and now……. =-.

  43. The grandbabies would love to help gramma make cupcakes…so add me to the pot…and I think Lucy is wondering where this shawl is going to be placed so she can relax on it…I think it will bring out the blue in her eyes…

  44. Thanks for the chance to win! And the shawl looks like it’s coming along great. πŸ™‚

  45. Oooooo, I love cupcakes! They’re so much goodness in a little tiny container. Now I want to knit a cupcake shawl! Or a fair isle with cupcake motifs!
    .-= Sidra Vitale´s last blog ..sidravitale Mass sues Feds over DOMA. It’s high time. =-.

  46. knitopia says:

    I think I would give this to a friend if I were to win it!

  47. Melissa from Austin says:

    Yummy-looking cupcakes!!

  48. Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, cupcakes
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..Knitting Down a Crooked Road =-.

  49. Cupcakes are so much fun to make–and to eat! Please include me in your drawing.

  50. Ohh- cupcakes! We love cupcakes. I’ll have to check that one out of the library!

  51. I so could use that for my boys (esp. the dinosaur one!). If i am not chosen I will have to get it from the library! Toodles to Lucy who makes me so happy, like having a visit from Munchkin everyday!

  52. Beth in Seattle says:

    Wendy, thanks again for sharing the wealth. Whatever anyone wants to say about Martha – the cookbooks with her name on them are never a disappointment.

  53. deknits says:

    mmm….cupcakes… πŸ™‚

  54. I love Lucy and cupcakes too! Please enter my name in the drawing.

  55. mmmm! cupcakes!

  56. Hmmm. Interesting that a mainly knitting blog was sent a cupcake recipe book. Oh well, it’s all good…

  57. I LOVE cupcakes………hope my name is selected!!

  58. Robin May says:

    What a lovely book! My daughter relaxes by baking and would love this.

  59. Count me in for the cupcake cookbook drawing. I’ve been going through a cupcake baking phase!

  60. Marian Moldan says:

    Love Lucy and love cupcakes.

  61. Mmmmmm, cupcakes, awwwww….
    .-= meshaliu´s last blog ..A Tale of Two Birthdays =-.

  62. Cupcakes – OMG – please please pick me oh random generator – my teen bakes up a storm and this would be a great addition to her library and my taste testing responsibilities

  63. Yum! Sign me up! And thanks for re-gifting! πŸ™‚
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Happy New Year? =-.

  64. I love yummy cupcakes and have the perfect friend to help me make them

  65. Will you be making a pattern for the shawl?

  66. Mmmm…cupcakes…yes please!
    .-= Mujercita´s last blog ..Moving and Working =-.

  67. Hi

    I know someone who this book would make a perfect pressie for. She has been very ill and is just recovering and loves cup cakes. So if I won this would pass it on to my work mate.

    Thanks for the chance. Cheers

  68. Cupcakes…. Hmmm… With small children, cupcakes are good. And I’m still trying to be Martha Stewart.

  69. Damn, I really love cupcakes. I must make a comment and thank you for your generosity with all the giveaways that you do.
    .-= Kitten´s last blog ..Pride Goeth Before the Fall =-.

  70. Maura Anderson says:

    I’d love the cupcake book – my 8 year old probably would too. πŸ™‚

  71. wenchfaery says:

    I LOVE cupcakes, and Martha Stewart (recently bought her Encyclopedia of Craft) – the cupcake book would be a welcome addition to my cooking and crafting books! Please enter my name in the drawing!

  72. Mmmmmm, cupcakes.
    Would love the copy of book..

  73. That book’s on my wish list! After getting her Cookie Book, I decided the Cupcake one must be just as good. YUM!
    .-= Sheri at The Loopy Ewe´s last blog ..Challenges and KAL’s =-.

  74. heather says:

    i love cupcakes! (so enter me in the drawing, please!)

  75. kelly-ann says:

    That cookbook looks to die for. If I had that book, then my kids would toss aside the knitted toys books and start making a cupcake queue!

  76. Alex H. says:

    Those cupcakes look gorgeous!

  77. Leave it to Martha — she knows the way to our hearts! Thanks for generously offering it to us.

  78. The shawl matches Lucy’s eyes!

    Cupcakes! I’m in!

  79. Oh, my gosh! My mouth is watering now!! Must…find…cake…
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday–TV =-.

  80. Please enter me in the cupcake book giveaway. Thank you, Wendy for your generosity of spirit. Your daily entries bring a bit of sunshine into my life.

  81. Ooh! My whole family LOVES cupcakes!

  82. Wow, those cupcakes look delicious!
    .-= YuLian´s last blog ..Back from Youth Camp! =-.

  83. …Not that I need to be eating cupcakes, but it looks like fun!!…

  84. Heard this book was coming out and have been looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Ray Janikowski says:

    This is such a generous offer, and the book looks wonderful. If the number generator picks me, I’ll send it to my daughter who must be the queen of cupcakes. If I don’t win, it will make a lovely Christmas gift!

  86. Nothing says summer like kids and cupcakes well, except kids and Popsicles. The book looks great.
    .-= suzette´s last blog ..It is about to get exciting…. =-.

  87. Becky Betczynski says:

    Yummy! My kids would have too much fun with that book!

  88. Hi Lucy! Thanks for entering me in the drawing!

  89. Karen W says:

    I guess everyone loves cupcakes…knitting and cupcakes=heaven!

  90. mmmmmmmmmmmm cake!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Weekends – I got nothin’ =-.

  91. I NEED THIS COOKBOOK …. with 16 grandkids. So much fun! Love your daily emails. Thanks.

  92. Cindy Upholzer says:

    Love cupcakes – love your blog. The shawl looks very interesting.

  93. donna patton says:

    Ooh, pick me, pick me! How can you bear to give it away. You are a good woman!

  94. Wendy, you’re delicious!

  95. Mmmmmm, cupcakes, ooohhh knitting. They almost go hand in hand. Please enter my name in the drawing.

  96. Geraldine Scott says:

    I would LUV to win the cupcake book!!

  97. Ooh I love making cupcakes! Please add me to the drawing! Yay! Thx for the opportunity to win this fabulous book

  98. Oooooh – my sweet-tooth just saw the picture. We sure would like to take a look inside this book……

  99. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    I love cupcakes. Plus cupcakes remind me of the Loopy Spring Fling. Count me in. Thanks Wendy!

  100. Oh cupcakescupcakescupcakes…have to eat three. Oh, we have to make them first … and for that, we’d love this cupcake book! Love getting your daily e-mails. Thanks.