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Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses
I’ve been catching up on The Walking Dead Season Two the past several nights. I’m really enjoying the drama, the characters, the production, really…all of it. Still, for those of you who have seen the show, you’ll believe me when I say it’s not making me hungry. Like, not all. (Nor particularly cheery for that matter.)
On the other hand, when Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses crossed my desk (thanks to the great folks at Andrews McMeel Universal for the copy), I got to thinking that it might not be so bad to eat a zombie now and then. A cake zombie that is.
What’s the Book About?
This book is equal parts love letter to zombies and manual for making great cupcakes. Recipes are introduced with zombie trivia questions (I was dismayed to see how many I got wrong…) and the designs themselves pay homage to many popular zombie myths, including the T-virus from Resident Evil, baseball bats for zombie bashing, and, of course, step-by-step instructions for how to make brains delicious enough for zombies and children alike.
Recipes start with decorations and the basics including how to make royal icing, blood colored gel, teeth, crosses, maggots and the aforementioned baseball bats. Then the book goes on to give 16 different recipes ranging from Toxic Bite to Zombies Rising to my personal favorite, Bride and Groom (see the cover above.) What’s even more impressive is the cupcakes aren’t just pretty to look at, they’re also delicious to eat with their assortment of frostings and fillings.
Even better, author Zilly Rosen obviously had would-be/wannabe/never-was cupcake designers like myself in mind when she wrote the book because the illustrations and techniques are simple enough that I think I could even make these cupcakes.
Fun Fact(s) I Learned Reading the Book
The budget for the Thriller video was $500,000, which in those days I bet was HUGE money.
There was a zombie movie in 1943 called I Walked with a Zombie. I had no idea…
What’s Well Done?
This book gets high marks for three things. First, it’s passion. Either Zilly herself or someone involved in making this book loved zombies. That much is obvious because the book is so much fun to read.
Two, the visuals in the book are great. You know when you’re dealing with zombies, there’s going to be gore involved and this book doesn’t fail to deliver (for instance the Eye Popper recipe is very disturbing.) Still, it’s not so gross I wouldn’t show my kids or eat one of the cupcakes if they were served to me.
Three, the ease-of-use of the book. Literally, the illustrations of how to make the feet, eyes, zombie brides, etc. are fantastic and very userfriendly.
What’s a Little Rare
I thought the book was over before it was done. There’s a lot of creativity in the pages and I’m sure with all the work that went into making the book great that expanding it would have been difficult or even cost prohibitive, but I just wanted more.
I’m not saying the book isn’t worth it’s price tag or anything, I just wanted to see more ideas and more zombie gruesomeness.
If you like decorating cupcakes or if you want to be good at it, this is a great book. While the techniques focus on zombies, I have no doubt that they couldn’t work for other things, too.