I let a squeal of delight when I got an email from the Martha Stewart team asking me if I would like to review a special edition of Martha Stewart Living. As a dessert blogger and wannabe crafter Martha is a huge inspiration. I even wrote one of my business papers in college on her.
I don’t currently have any magazine subscriptions so I like the idea of having one special issue dedicated solely to cakes and cupcakes. The issue costs $9.99 which is hefty for one magazine but it’s over a hundred pages and costs about the same as buying two separate magazines.
You’ll already find a few of the cakes on the Martha website but there are a few cake ideas and tutorials that are not available there. The special issue is laid out the same as the magazine with a picture thumbnail index at the front and a full color picture of each cake in the first half. The second half of the magazine consists of tips and techniques, frosting and flowers, marzipan and fondant figures and finally a detailed how to for each cake featured in the front of the magazine. There are also how to photos for the more difficult techniques.
I was really excited to try out some of the decorating techniques but surprisingly I don’t have many icing tips. It’s ridiculous as I have about three giant boxes of decorating equipment! Instead I did the best with the kit and skills that I already possess.
The issue arrived just in time for my birthday and I made myself a Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake and I turned the Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake into Dark Chocolate & Caramel Salted Cupcakes to take into the office. The recipes were perfect and both cakes tasted amazing.
My Martha Stewart Cupcakes is my favorite and most used cookbook and I’m really excited to add a cake edition to supplement it. I can’t wait to try a few of the more advanced decorating techniques. The special issue is on sale from February 4th – May 13th.
I received a copy of the magazine to review from Martha Stewart Living