CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life Paperback – Aug 23 2011
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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.
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.
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 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.
Jessie Oleson's confectionary illustrations are absurdly adorable and sweetly subversive
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).
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.
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.'
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.
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.
The book is beautiful. It's 100% CakeSpy.
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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
Buy this book, make a batch of Nanaimo bars, and you've got yourself an instant best-present-ever! :)
Update: These recipes are truly amazing. They make overly sweet objects into something you simply must create. The ingredients aren't super crazy and you should have most of them in your house or are easily accessible. There are great photos of most of the dishes. Some of the recipes even have a super sweet version and a toned down version, which I thought was pretty neat.