Cupcake Decorating Lab

Cupcake Decorating Lab by Bridget Thibeault

52 Techniques, Recipes, and Inspiring Designs for Your Favorite Sweet Treats!

Format: Flex-Bind, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781592538317
Publisher: Quarry Books
Series: Lab Series
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Discover easy, accessible, and fun techniques for making beautifully decorated cupcakes with Cupcake Decorating Lab! This inspiring guide starts out with basic techniques, such as frosting cupcakes with an offset spatula; using a piping bag and tips; flooding cupcake tops with icing; frosting with chocolate ganache; and tinting buttercream.

The labs in the book cover a wide variety of exciting decorating techniques, such as how to make sugared and candied fruit and flower garnishes; stamping, stenciling, and piping on fondant; and scroll work, writing, and borders. You’ll also find fun ideas for children, weddings, holidays, entertaining, nature themes, and more. Plus, the author includes all of her favorite cake and icing recipes! Create the most delicious and stylish cupcakes imaginable with Cupcake Decorating Lab!

Bridget Cavanaugh Thibeault, chef/owner of Flour Girl (, and co-proprietor, with John Emerman and Tatyana Rehn, of Luna Bakery & Café ( in Cleveland Heights, began her career in advertising in Chicago after earning a degree from Marquette University. A love for cooking and creativity led her to culinary school where she earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts from the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago. She then moved to New York City to become a Food Stylist, gaining experience in both print and television for major food brands and publications. Flour Girl, her custom cake and dessert business, was launched as a creative side business. She returned to Chicago in 2004 to work as Culinary Director at a culinary consulting firm doing recipe and menu development, testing, writing, product ideation and food styling. In 2006, Bridget relocated to her hometown of Cleveland, OH to focus on her growing Flour Girl business. In addition to running Luna Bakery, she continues to freelance as a Culinary Consultant and Food Stylist and teaches baking and pastry classes at Viking Culinary Center in Lyndhurst.
Format: Flex-Bind, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781592538317
Series: Lab Series
Illustrations: 250 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 8.5 in / 216 mm x 216 mm
"I mean, who doesn't love cupcakes?" she asks rhetorically. So ardent is that affection that Thibeault focused months of attention into producing "Cupcake Decorating Lab" (Quarry Books, 2013; 144 pages, $24.99), a photo-rich manual on how to decorate a wide range of themed cupcakes. There are tiny egg-filled baskets and flower-crowned little treasures, tiered cakes festooned with sugar pearls to stand in place of a conventional wedding cake. Seasonal cupcakes and cakes for holidays can be found. And whimsy prevails:caramel corn- and Sno-Cap topped movie themed treats can be found alongside fancy fondant clad cakes, monogrammed versions, on and on." - Cleveland Plaindealer
"Thibeault is no stranger to baking. Starting her own custom cake and dessert business in 2006 before opening Luna Café ( in 2011 in her hometown, Cleveland, she has icing in her blood. Thibeault’s latest foray into the industry is a new cookbook featuring 52 “mini-lessons” on designing beautiful cupcakes. Bakers will find inspiration and success here, whether by using basic equipment found in most kitchens or by purchasing more advanced tools at baking supply stores or websites (a resource list is appended). Some of the author’s favorite recipes are included. 
Verdict The beautiful graphics and the current popularity of cupcakes make this work a solid choice for public library collections. Even casual browsers will pick up useful tips for improving their baking."— LJXpress Review