I'm not afraid to say it - My name is Jennifer and I love Martha.
People think I'm nuts when they ask me to recommend baking books to them and the 1st one on my list is Cupcakes. There are a few horrible recipes in it (those strawberry cupcakes - ug what a disaster, and I hate any white cake that calls for meringue to be folded in), but the other 98% of them are pretty perfect, especially for inexperienced bakers. There are a few in that book I've altered, tweaked, adapted, and use regularly in my bakery - and they are top sellers. Red velvet, devil's food and carrot ginger. I would also use that lemon pound cupcake recipe all the time but the cost of ingredients is too high (all that cream cheese)... but if I feel like making someone a very special lemon cake, I use that recipe. Although they were written for cupcakes, they translate just fine to full cakes - even really large full cakes. I have a whole library of baking books but I find that if I need a new recipe or some new ideas, between Cupcakes and the Cake Bible I can come up with some pretty awesome stuff.
Some cake artists would kill to be in Brides and feel that is "making it" - I want to be in MS Weddings. It's one of my ultimate goals-that-probably-won't-happen-unless-I-pay-to-advertise.