My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindriftย  on a US 3 needle

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. Lee Cockrum says:

    Thanks for the chance! even though she is over the top sometimes, I really love Martha!!! And lucy is still so fabulous!

  2. You know how I love cupcakes!!!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..What I have been up to! =-.

  3. Ooo. I didn’t even know this book existed! I love cupcakes and I’m sure Martha has some great ones in there. If I don’t win I’ll have to head out to my local bookstore.

  4. Lynette says:

    Izzy and I have to make 8 dozen cupcakes for a picnic in August. Martha’s book would be the very thing!


  5. Yes i would love me some cupcakes!

  6. Cindy Longacre says:

    Cupcakes allow to you have your cake….without all the guilt. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

  7. Robin Pearce says:

    Aww poor Lucy, no cupcakes for her. But I’d be glad to make cupcakes!

  8. I love cupcakes! I’m on my way to make some right now…. yum.
    .-= Sally´s last blog ..Packages! =-.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Yum, that cupcake looks good. A co-worker took a cupclake decorating class at Whole Foods a few months ago. They took pictures of the best ones they did. Another co-worker has the picture of the best cupcake on her computer and it makes me hungrey every time I walk by her desk.

  10. I like cupcakes.

  11. Cupcakes are yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Happy Independence Day =-.

  12. I would love the cupcake book. For the 4th of July, I made cupcakes that looked like hambers (brownie in the middle) and sugar cookies that looked like fires.

  13. oooh i heart cupcakes and I love martha’s ideas I have that cookie book of her’s.

  14. PICAdrienne says:

    Oh, yummy, we make cupcakes frequently.

  15. Great book! I LOVE cupcakes – and hand knit socks.

  16. yarnmule says:

    Mmm, I love cupcakes more than almost anything. Except maybe yarn, and possibly wine. I know; cupcakes & wine, while knitting. Drool…

  17. My two little knitters-to-be would love their mama (moi) to put down the knitting needles and bake up some delish cupcakes!

    OH, and I bought your sock book today, and about $100 worth of beautiful sock yarn that I don’t technically need but the wonderful sales lady at Bobbin’s Nest reminded me that even if I spend so much money on yarn and books that I’m homeless, at least I’ll be warm ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait to knit my first pair of big girl socks…….
    Happy Hump Day!

  18. Oh my. I had heard about this book. I’m a cupcake girl through and through… we even had them as the centerpiece’s at our wedding, skipping floral arrangements and a big cake.
    .-= pia´s last blog .. =-.

  19. With 12 year old triplets, a book of cubcakes is just perfect.

  20. I love cupcakes and this book certainly would be welcome in this home. Thanks for letting us have the chance to have it.
    Hugs to you and Lucy as always–:)

  21. penelope dubois says:

    I have been eyeing that cupcake book for a while. I love to bake when I am not knitting! Love your site! Penny

  22. Have you ever been to Inspiration central. And I love Martha, how can’t you? Sewing isn’t the ‘new’ crochet, baking is.

  23. Cupcakes are love!
    .-= LadyO´s last blog ..True Blue =-.

  24. Cupcakes are one of my grandkids favorites. The girls would love the book and the guys would love the results. Maybe I will be te lucky one. Thanks, N

  25. Oooh, yes, please sign me up for the cupcake book!

    I read that Martha Stewart’s former head designer or something like that is the person who founded Sprinkles, the yummy cupcake store.

  26. Looks yummy!
    Thanks for the draw!

  27. Kathleen says:

    Mmmmm cupcakes. I’d love the opportunity to win the book. Thanks, K

  28. Kayla Johnston says:

    Who doesn’t love cupcakes…if you really love them but hate making them do what I do. I make them and then freeze the batter in cupcake cups. When you bake them the do not rise as well but taste the same. This way I can make two for a snack :)))

  29. Kathy C. says:

    I have seen this book, and I saw the Martha show where they made some of the cupcakes in the book. They looked wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. Sandy V. says:

    You’re so generous to offer this yummy book! Cupcakes & knitting -life doesn’t get much better!!

  31. Debra in NC says:


  32. elayne a says:

    hahahahahaha cupcakes……….

  33. There are no calories in cupcakes – they’re just too small! Haaaa.
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..Travel East then West =-.

  34. Hello. I make cupcakes. I’d like to win it too.


  35. Oh, I’ve been drooling over this cookbook for a while just waiting to get my hands on a copy!

  36. Janet Lewis says:

    I agree–the book looks beautiful. I’ll bet the knitting will be too.

  37. MaureenC says:

    I love making cupcakes. Put me down for the draw. Thanks.

  38. I’ve got 2 girls under the age of 3 and I bet we’ll make a gross of cupcakes by the time they’re grown. Would love to inject some variety into the baking line-up – perhaps even some sophistication!
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..Out and about =-.

  39. Oh! Yummy!……and looks like as much fun as knitting!!

  40. Mmmm…cupcakes!

  41. Cupcakes! Yum!

  42. My daughter is the cupcake princess.

    Enjoy watching your progress.
    .-= Marjorie Colletta´s last blog ..Buying Yarn Local Shop versus Big Box Store =-.

  43. Cynthia A says:

    Mmmm…Cupcakes! Thanks for the contest, Wendy.

  44. Norma Harris says:

    Me too.

  45. My kids love cupcakes! Please enter me in your giveaway!

  46. I bake in the winter too. Cupcakes are sooo easy to freeze and thaw so I make them a lot. They also are fun decorate!
    Thank you Wendy for the opportunity….

  47. Gina B. says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I saw the MS Cupcakes book at the bookstore over the weekend and was very tempted to buy it!

  48. Omigosh. Cupcakes are my favorite dessert EVER!!!! Want! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Clumsy Knitter´s last blog ..A Better Week (?) =-.

  49. Eileen Fry says:

    HI… yes please… Marthas cupcakes… yum…

  50. Hi there! Yum!
    Looking forward to toe-up class at Needlework Unlimited in Minneapolis. Yay!

  51. Cathy A. says:

    I’d love to have my name in the “random number generator hat” for the cupcake cookbook! Thanks Wendy for offering it, you are so generous to us!!

  52. I’m interested, Wendy! I have cute heart shaped baking cups I’ve been dying to use and no real inspiration. :3

  53. Ooh, we love cupcakes around here. I am the baker in the family so all the birthday cakes, etc. are my job and I am always looking for new ideas!! What a great giveaway!
    .-= Emily S. ´s last blog ..Finally, knitting… =-.

  54. There’s more of a chance of cupcakes in my future than circular knit lace shawls. Sadly…..
    .-= LizAnderson´s last blog ..Let the Picture Theivery Begin! =-.

  55. Those cupcakes look delicious!

  56. don’t put my name in for the draw but put my daughter DJ’s in… she’s 14 and is going to be a chef one day… don’t know what to get her for a gift… think baking. she has the cookbook bible… we also bought her a frying pan for christmas. She would be tickled pink if she won this!! PS she also won first place in a baking contest… where she covered a from scratch cake in her own fondant and decorated it too.

  57. Nice book. I don’t bake cupcakes so don’t put a number in for me, give it to someone who really wants it! I had to back up here and ask a question about the Girasol ( sorry I always massacre that name).
    I keep looking at it and wanting to make it, but can’t think what to do with it. I don’t have anywhere fancy to wear one… but I really want to!
    What inspired you to make it ? I know this is a crazy question, but it’s driving me crazy.

  58. The cupcakes look so good.

  59. gotta love martha!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..It’s Tai Shan’s Birthday =-.

  60. Yummy yummy yummy! I would love to bake some cupcakes!

  61. Wendy H says:

    I would love to win the book and thanks for having the give away :).

  62. Michelle says:

    Mmmmm…cupcakes! Who dosen’t love a baking adventure.

  63. Well, my first love was baking before knitting, I have to confess. I kinda thought you couldn’t eat and knit at the same time and keeping my fingers busy with yarn would help my waistline but that hasn’t happened. Oh well, I still think it slows the progress somewhat. I saw some of these cupcakes on the Martha Stewart website when a friend sent me the link and just drooled over the photos so I know what you are going through.
    I would gladly rest my needles for an evening or two to try out these recipes to the joy of my teenaged daughter who will not let me knit her anything but loves cake.

  64. mmm… cupcakes… I shouldn’t be eating them but I know a couple of boys around here that would love some!
    .-= jessie´s last blog .. =-.

  65. We love cupcakes over at our house! When I first read the title of your post, I thought you had knit up some sort of cupcake resembling object… but that may be because I was looking at a pattern for a hostess cupcake hat last night!
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..This blanket works for Voldemort… =-.

  66. That is exactly the kind of book that I love but can’t quite justify buying for myself!

  67. Oh I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get that book!

  68. frosting the cupcakes up side down?!
    genious! looks like a lava cake.
    please random number generator….please randomly love me!

  69. I LOVE cupcakes!! Baking them and eating them (of course)!!

  70. I am a fan of the cupcake and would love to learn more creative ways of making them! I don’t have a shawl in my future, but perhaps some socks!

  71. Rebecca says:

    For a minute there I thought I was on Bakerella’s website! I love your writing, Wendy. This is the first time I have ever posted to you. So…nice to meet you.

  72. I love to bake and get more of that accomplished than knitting lately!

  73. I would have very good and high minded uses for this book. (Sharing with darling granddaughters). Thanks for your generousity.

  74. Yummy Yummy! My 7 daughters love to bake and covet this beautiful book!

  75. Yum – I would love to bake some cupcakes!

  76. I love to bake and I love cupcakes! I would LOVE to have that book- put me in , please!

  77. I’m all about cupcakes these days. I have a new cupcake book, the eating kind, and have been knitting the no calorie kind. Have looked at Martha’s in the bookstore. Lucy might would like a catnip cupcake? hmmmm.
    .-= tammy pell´s last blog ..Say Ahhhhh! =-.

  78. I love cupcakes and I’d be happy to take that book off your hands, Wendy!
    .-= Carole´s last blog ..Edward Gorey House Museum =-.

  79. Samantha says:

    I have vast enjoyment of the cupcake. I also love the colour of the circley shawl you are currently making. My kitties send their regards to Lucy!

  80. You had me at hello… er… ok.. at cupcake..

  81. Han5nah says:

    :O Cupcakes are like magic in your mouth!

  82. My kids and I could have so much fun with this book! Thanks for offering it for a draw.
    .-= PogKnits´s last blog ..Good Morning, Charlotte! =-.

  83. Yum! My kitchen is decorated in cupcakes! That book may need to be the next to adorn my shelves ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Regenia´s last blog ..I’ve gone square! =-.

  84. That book looks really fun!
    .-= Ellen´s last blog ..Handspun-Merino =-.

  85. I love cupcakes.

  86. Madeline says:

    What a great, thoughtful, fun, calorie-laden give-away!

  87. CUPCAKES!! They’re cakes baked in cups and I can’t get enough of them…. Sign me up! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Claire´s last blog ..FO: Forest Canopy Shawl =-.

  88. Alicia A. says:

    YAYAY Cuppycakes!! Thanks for sharing!!

    The new shawl is looking good, can’t wait to see it all blocked out!

  89. Cupcakes!

  90. Did somebody say cupcake??? My seven year old would luv anything made with a dinosaur on top.
    .-= Chante´s last blog ..I still knit…really I do! =-.

  91. Mmm….cupcakes! I love both eating and baking them!
    .-= Adrienne´s last blog ..A little stash enhancement =-.

  92. I have been lusting after this book, and even talked about it with my walking friends this morning. It does look scrumptous!
    Love your blog:-)

  93. Robin Diebold says:

    I would love to have the book. I have begun teaching my granddaughter who is 11 to knit and bake. SHe would love to make some of the cupcakes in the book.

  94. Yay! My little grandaughter loves cupcakes and we love to bake simple things together. She loves to decorate and lick her tiny 18 mo. old fingers! And we love Martha Stewart. Of course, we love knitting and petting yarn. Thanks for your fun

  95. Hi Wendy,
    The book looks great- I would love to own it and make some delicious treats!

  96. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Maybe this time I’ll be the lucky one!!

  97. Shannon H. says:

    Oooh! Cupcakes!

  98. Besides knitting socks and other items, I love cooking and baking. When our church has a dinner I am always one of the dessert makers, which includes cupcakes.
    PS: I love Lucy (catch phrase )

  99. KarenAK says:

    I would love to have the Martha cupcake book! It looks wonderful.

  100. I love cupcakes! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!