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Monday, August 19, 2013

Cupcake Day

The Royal Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals has declared today to be Cupcake Day. This is a day for people in Australia and New Zealand to hold cupcake bake sales to fundraise for the RSPCA (Australia) and SPCA (New Zealand.) To celebrate, here are some sweet cupcake books!

    

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler. When her parents split up, Penny has to move from New York City to tiny Hog's Hollow where her mom opens a cupcake bakery. There, Penny has a hard time fitting in as the mean girls set out to torment her and she misses her father and the friends she left behind.

Bake Sale by Sara Varon. In this graphic novel, an anthropomorphic cupcake runs a bakery. When Cupcake discovers that Eggplant is related to the famous Turkish Delight, Cupcake throws himself into baking, trying to raise enough money to go to Turkey with Eggplant to see her. But it means sacrifices that Cupcake might not be ready for.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler. Hudson spends her time baking cupcakes for her mom's diner, trying to deal with what made her stop ice skating. But the hockey team needs help and Hudson has the skills. Can she get back on the ice? Does she want to?

    

Devilish by Maureen Johnson. The devil doesn't wear Prada, but she does eat cupcakes. When Jane's best friend goes from loser to It Girl over night, Jane knows something's up. Turns out Ally's sold her soul to a demon (disguised as a fellow student), and it's up to Jane to get it back.

It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder. Isabel wants nothing more than to get out of small-town Willow, but she's stuck helping her mother open her new cupcake shop. When Isabel hears of a baking contest with a trip to New York as the prize, she can't wait to enter, but neither can her mother, or her best friend. Will Isabel ever get to go anywhere? Follow it with Sprinkles and Secrets.

Cupcake by Rachel Cohn. Cyd's back in New York, living with her brother Danny, and searching for the perfect cupcake. She thinks about culinary school, but then she breaks her leg and can't move. And then Shrimp shows back up. The final book in a trilogy, start with Gingerbread.

    

The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake by Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. Katherine and Sophie own Georgetown Cupcake and starred in the show DC Cupcakes. (Even yesterday early afternoon, the line outside Georgetown Cupcake was out the door and down the block, despite the rain. And the fact that Sprinkle is RIGHT THERE and my cupcake friends say its much better. I'm more of a connoisseur of cupcakes across the river in Arlington.) ANYWAY. In this book, they tell their story of how they took a chance and made it pay off, and share their favorite cupcake recipes.

The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes because, let's face it. After reading so much about cupcakes, you're going to want to eat some of your own, right? Right.

Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. A great one to learn how to decorate cupcakes that are (almost) too pretty too eat.

What are your favorite cupcake reads?

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