Yes, Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make by Alan Richardson and Karen Tack may usually turn up in the cookbook section rather than as an art book, but these cupcakes are all about the decoration. The nice thing about the instructions is that they are aimed at everyone, given that cake mix, canned frosting, a ziplock bag and easy to find candies and cookies are sanctioned. Steady hands are required, as well as a modicum of imagination if you choose to stray from the step-by-step instructions. The book, more of a design guide than a baker's compendium, contains loads of baking and frosting tips, as well as themed chapters that cover a range of styles and holidays. The photographs alone will create cravings you did not know you had.
Paperback, 240 pages. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. $10.37 at Amazon.