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Jessie's recipes inspire sugary-coated adventures in the kitchen. CakeSpy is a treat for the curious and kid at heart.
Bakerella, author of Cake Pops

Don't be fooled by her whimsical illustrations of emotive cupcakes and cake slices—this cookbook is not for the faint of heart. With over-the-top recipes like Glazed Cinnamon Rolls Stuffed with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake French Toast, S'moreos, and Deep-Fried Cupcakes on a Stick, this colorful, humorous, unapologetically excessive book promises insatiably sweet-toothed readers the ultimate sugar high.
Library Journal

In addition to her baking and blogging skills, the founder of Cakespy, Jessie Oleson, is also a talented illustrator, and has created a line of original artworkfeaturing such characters as Cuppie (the cupcake), Toastie, Pie Slice, and Doughnut.
Saveur

Whimsy, sweetness and spice characterize Oleson's illustrations and recipes, and all of these things carry through clearly from her blog to her book.
The Kitchn

The woman behind @cakespy's cute and quirky Twitter commentary is just as sweet as you'd imagine. In fact, her life’s mission is to “make the world a sweeter place through art and baked goods.
The official Twitter Blog

CakeSpy provides readers with sinfully delicious baking recipes, sugary tours of Seattle, and tons of her signature illustrations.
Seattle Met

Jessie Oleson's confectionary illustrations are absurdly adorable and sweetly subversive
Seattlest

The table of contents for CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life reads like a fairly conventional baking-related cookbook...until you look at the actual recipes and realize that they appear to be conceived by someone in only the happiest of sugar-induced states. Which is precisely why you will be taken with this book...In all, it’s a trip in and out of an imaginative mixing bowl.
Lisa Yockelson, author of Baking Style

Oh, Jessie Oleson from Cakespy, I do so love your whimsical art. Now, this might seem weird to gluten-free readers. Why in heavens would I recommend a website that glorifies the cupcakes, that sings the praises of bakeries around the world, and brings an overwhelming sense of glee of all that is sweet and baked? Well, you might not want to click on the main website, if you are feeling too down about not eating gluten. (For those of us are who are more hardy, it’s difficult not to feel the enthusiasm in the photos and words).
Gluten-Free Girl

Anything touched by the sweet, arch, clever 'Spy' in her humor-mode is bound to bring on a smile -- if not an outright laugh. And now she's written a cookbook to bring some more sugar-filled hilarity to our own home kitchens.
Rebekah Denn, Al Dente 

That Jessie Oleson is a woman of many talents—baker, writer, illustrator, businesswoman—is impressive. That this Seattle resident manages to make a full-time living by harnessing all those talents under an umbrella enterprise called CakeSpy is damned improbable.
Chow

Her work, a blend of charming and fey, is populated by anthropomorphic baked goods, chiefly a cupcake christened 'Cuppie.' She writes regularly about sweets, from delving seriously into the history of apple pie to creating wacky recipes like 'Cupcake-Stuffed Cupcakes' and 'Cadbury Crème Eggs Benedict.'
Seattle Times

Her book is delectable, deeply entertaining fun, and I bet I'm not the only sugar fiend who'll be cooking straight through it, start to finish.
Edible Seattle

The book is generously sprinkled with her charming, whimsical drawings, complete with speech
balloons, funny quips and asides that add another layer of sweet ‘n sassy delight.  I don’t know
about you, but I love when my cookies, cakes and pies talk to me. And yes, star mascot
Cuppie is up to his usual mischief and will no doubt attract legions of new admirers. Jessie’s art
is her distinctive brand — it sets her apart from the legions of other dessert bloggers and truly
makes this cookbook a unique visual treat.
Jama Rattigan, author of Alphabet Soup blog

The recipes are accessible and give bakers options, such as making their own cookie dough or using store bought. Jessie’s friendly voice reassures readers as they work their way through the recipes – and you really can’t help getting excited about the process while you’re baking. As a result, these recipes will work for even the most timid bakers, while providing ideas an inspiration for more experienced cooks. The recipes are as fun as the illustrations and this is one cookbook that will put a smile on your face just by turning the pages.
Baking Bites

The book is beautiful. It's 100% CakeSpy.
Scoopalicious

For most people, a "guilty" pleasure is eating raw cookie dough. For Jessie Oleson, it's cupcakes or cinnamon rolls baked with cookie dough in their centers. Or a "Pookie," an entire apple pie wrapped in cookie dough and baked. Oleson takes your guilty pleasure and raises it a rainbow layer cake.
Voracious


About the Author

Jessie Oleson is the founder of the uber-popular blog, Cakespy.com, which bills itself a Dessert Detective Agency dedicated to seeking sweetness (literally) in everyday life. On her blog she writes about bakeries around the United States, conducts baking experiments, posts recipes, picks the brains of bakers and food artists in interviews, and finds awesome products for lovers of baked goods. Oleson is a freelance writer and illustrator, whose writing appears on DailyCandy.com, and she has a weekly column on Serious Eats. She has illustrated for various companies including Microsoft, iPop, All-Mighty, Taylored Expressions, and is a regular contributor to Taste of Home. Recently, she opened a retail CakeSpy Shop at 415 E. Pine Street in Capitol Hill, Seattle where she sells her artwork in the form of card and other ultra-cute gifts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
super cute book Nov. 30 2011
By M. Rothenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this book for my Mom and she LOVED IT!!! What a really great, really cute book. Makes a great gift for anyone who has an interest in sweets or desserts. Or anyone really.
Delicious, Decadent and Amazing from First Page to Last Oct. 12 2011
By Rachel Kramer Bussel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jessie Oleson knows her desserts, and knows how to appeal to your sweet tooth, even if you didn't know you had one. She's got some over-the-top creations here, as well as simpler but no less mouthwatering recipes for things like S'moreos (yes, s'mores goodness in an Oreo cookie!) to tricked out cereal treats (extra colorful, chewy and memorable), cupcake-stuffed cupcakes, Elvis whoopie pies (yes, peanut butter buttercream and bacon between banana cookies). Even for someone with as big a sweet tooth as me, some of these are extremely over the top (Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict), but that doesn't mean they aren't delightful to contemplate. There's cookie cake pie, doughnut pie, brownie pie, and while many of the photos or even titles look complex, the recipes aren't.

Oleson's creativity in taking dessert to a whole new level of artistry and playfulness is evident in every recipe here, meaning there aren't just glazed cinnamon rolls, but glazed cinnamon rolls stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough. The seasonal treats like homemade conversation heart cookies, mimosa brownies, Pop Rocks cookies and even homemade candy corn are fun at-home activities with kids. Throughout you'll also find her cupcake artwork in all its cuteness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Blog vs book Oct. 12 2012
By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a frequent reader of the blog, I thought it was fun to see it put into a book! The illustrations and recipes were cute!
A fun, cute, unfussy, silly, awesome book! Nov. 30 2011
By Quynh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THIS. BOOK. ROCKS. Like the cover suggests, it's full of fun, whimsical, and some silly desserts/breakfast sweets. It's a perfect book to invite your baking friends over to have a sugar-overload party. Elvis Whoopie pies, anyone? How about Red Velvet Cake Shake or Dessert Tacos? Or maybe Pie Pops are more your style? Cakespy's recipes aren't fussy or fancy or high-maintenance and use basic equipment. I literally think the most "out there" thing you might need is a popsicle stick! The recipes encourage you to make your own personal tweak too to suit your tastes. If that's not enough the adorable book is PINK and has Cakespy's awesome illustrations all over the pages.

Buy this book, make a batch of Nanaimo bars, and you've got yourself an instant best-present-ever! :)
Too "Sweet" for Words! Dec 11 2011
By MKE_Scout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jessie Oleson has been entertaining the readers of her blog, CakeSpy, for years. She now has one of the sweetest reads on paper as well. If you have ever enjoyed her blog, her articles on Serious Eats and features about her in magazines far and wide, you know this book is awesome. If you have never checked her out, I HIGHLY suggest you run out and grab this book right away. PLUS, it was just recently included in the Today Show "Best Books for the Holidays Gift Guide" ([...]). Five stars, Five cookies, Five cakes and more!

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