Archive for the 'Books' Category

You Are My Little Cupcake

By on Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Calling all moms! Who can resist a children’s boardbook that compares a baby’s sweetness to our other favorite sweetness?


I am excited to learn that Amy Sklansky has a new children’s book coming out! You Are My Little Cupcake is illustrated by Talitha Shipman and will be published by LB Kids. The planned release date is April 19, 2011, but you can preorder your copy now from Amazon for only $6.99. I’ve already ordered mine!

Maple Cupcakes from Baked Explorations

By on Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking is one of my favorite cookbooks and I loved visiting the Charleston location last summer.  I was really excited when I read on design*sponge that a second book had hit bookshelves.  Baked Explorations is said to have over 80 amazing recipes (including sections on Breakfast, Cakes and Cupcakes, Pies and Tarts, Brownies and Bars, Cookies, Confections and Chocolates, and Drinks), 40 color photos, various tips, tricks and more!

The Kitchn not only reviewed the new book but also blogged about the Maple Cupcake recipe found in the book. Now that the cooler fall weather has finally arrived here in North Carolina it’s the perfect time to try the recipe, found below!  Read the rest of this entry »

A Zombie ate My Cupcake

By on Saturday, September 18th, 2010

During a recent stop in Borders I, of course, had to check out the cookbook section.  One of the books I came across was titled A Zombie ate My Cupcake: 25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes.  The graphic horror comic/illustrated cookbook is great for Halloween cupcake ideas because author Lily Vanilli is known for making gruesome yet gorgeous cakes! The book offers tips and directions for using fondant, piped icing, marzipan, gum paste, and more.

The book is available at borders locations or through their website.  Amazon offers the book for as little as $8.39 and be sure to check Vanilli’s website for book signing and demo days throughout the month of October.

The Little Rawdorable Cupcake Book That Could

By on Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The raw vegan diet seems to be all the rage lately.  Eating raw foods is uber-healthy and good for the planet too.  And “raw foodists” often claim that one doesn’t have to go 100% raw to reap the benefits of consuming raw foods.  Do I want to be healthy?  Of course!  Am I willing to give up cupcakes in order to go raw vegan?  Uh …

Well, thanks to Shannonmarie, who is known to the blogosphere as Rawdorable, I don’t have to.  She has created an amazingly innovative, entertaining, and useful “uncookbook” full of tantalizing raw cupcake recipes.

Her ebook details how to make the “cake,” gives us several different options for yummy frostings, and even describes how to make raw fondant.  Who ever heard of healthy fondant?

Her recipes range from basic to exquisite, from Pumpkin Spice to Citrus Confetti, from Basic Chocolate to Ruby Red Chai.  I’m telling you, Shannonmarie is a genius of the cupcake world.  And she’s one of those rare healthy cupcake geniuses.  (If you don’t believe me, try the Zippi Zucchini Cupcake!)

The book is jam-packed with gorgeous, inspiring photographs.  I’m tempted to blow some of them up and frame them. 

The Little Rawdorable Cupcake Book That Could is available at Rawdorable for $12.95.  It will be the best thirteen bucks you’ve invested in a while!

Bake Me I’m Yours …

By on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Bake me anything and I will be yours …. but bake me a cupcakes and you have my heart forever!

Check out this cute book I found at Amazon with over 100 ideas for cupcakes. I love it if just for the name!

Bake Me I’m Yours Cupcake: Over 100 Excuses to Indulge

If you are a Kindle lover they have a version for that as well!

A great book and cupcakes

By on Thursday, July 15th, 2010

A match made in heaven!

Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner is soon to embark on a tour to celebrate the release on July 13 of her latest novel Fly Away Home.  But this tour, is no ordinary tour, it is the ‘Cupcakes Across America Book Tour‘.  Jen has selected her favorite bakers across the country, and will visit each one and encourages her fans to come and meet her over a cupcake.

Fly Away Home has so far received great reviews from Elle Magazine and USA Today to name just a few.

The tour has already started, but you can still catch it in the following locations:

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Cookbook Giveaway

By on Monday, June 28th, 2010

I recently went looking for a baking cookbook for a friend and found a great site called Snubbr,  a recommendation site.  You ask them for recommendations, and they’ll find an expert to give you advice on what to buy.   Check them out here.

I decided on one of our fan favorites (and mine too!),  Hello Cupcake! 


I love this book and am amazed by the clever use of ordinary food.  The step by step photos allow those visual learners (like me) to succeed in making wonderful looking cuppies.   My personal favorites are the spaghetti and meatballs and the pumpkins!  So many cupcakes for so many different ocassions.

This week we are giving away a free cookbook of your choice (could be baking, cupcake, whatever), thanks to the kind folks over at  First,  click here  to see what books you can choose from and then leave a comment in the comment area below telling us the title of the book (must be under $30), and a reason why you want to read it.  We’ll choose our favorite comment on July 4th, and announce it here.

No idea what cookbook to get? Why not head over to