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A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!
After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back. Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from anywhere â€“ insects, road-kill, zombies â€“ and recreate it in cake, with a delicious result. Get creative with your tasty toppings, edible sculptures and natural ingredients with this introduction to making cakes look weird, ugly, and perfect for Halloween.
Give guests a shock with revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with Morbid Meringue Bones dipped in raspberry blood sauce. Try out a black cherry Draculaâ€™s Bite red velvet cupcake with cream cheese, a heavenly Fallen Angel Cake, or go for the indulgent and truly dark chocolate Devilâ€™s Delight Cupcakes. Whatever takes your fancy, there will be a gruesome treat to ensnare your senses!
About the Author
Lily Vanilli, aka Lily Jones, is a baker and cake designer. Originally a graphic designer, she began baking as a hobby and then started selling her cakes at Swanfield market near Brick Lane. Now she has a bakery on Londonâ€™s Columbia Road and consults for bakeries and brands all around the world.
Lily is known for her unusual recipes â€“ she experiments with savoury ingredients such as avocado and bacon â€“ and for her spectacular designs, such as the marzipan insects she made for an Alexander McQueen film project, the blood and gore cupcakes created for Maaike Meekingâ€™s show at London Fashion Week and the fabulous treats devised for Thomasina Miersâ€™s incredible Day of the Dead festival. Lily has been hugely successful, has written two books and has recently launched her own brand of light wheat beer. Lily is based in London.
Like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake
I did a mean thing.
A very mean thing.
I HATEÂ that I did it.
But I did.
This is worse than
carrot juice on a cupcake
or a wasp on my pillow
or a dress that's too tight at the neck.
In the third installment from the team who created Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Like Bug Juice on a Burger, Eleanor's relationship with her best friend, Pearl, experiences its first growing pains. When a glamorous new student transfers to school, at first Eleanor's excited about the possibility of a new friend. But when Pearl is assigned to be the new girl's buddy, Eleanor fears she can't compete. To make matters worse, Eleanor's been chosen for the lead role in the springtime musical, which means she has to sing a solo in front of the entire school!
From overcoming stage fright to having a secret crush, young readers will relate to Eleanor as she navigates the bittersweet waters of growing up.
Praise for Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
"Sternberg again displays her talent at putting Eleanor on the horns of a common youthful dilemma in accessible prose."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"This is another very true-to-life story about the challenges of growing up. Julie Sternberg captures young emotions so perfectly!"
--School Library Monthly
"The measures Eleanor takes to right her wrongs and rise to challenges are beautifully revealed in Sternberg's spare text, which leaves plenty of room for the reader to
empathize. Like Eleanor, this series continues to grow and blossom."
"The pen and ink drawings capture facial expressions and emotions quite well. A good addition for most early-chapter-book collections."
--School Library Journal
Flossie Crums And The Fairies' Cupcake Ball
Flossie Crums is a bit messy, loves dressing up and sometimes finds her little brother very annoying. At the bottom of her garden is a big chestnut tree with a door in its trunk. Beyond the door is the magical kingdom of Romolonia and Flossie loves to bake and to play with the fairies there.
One day, Flossie is invited to make cupcakes for the Queen of Romolonia's big birthday celebrations. With so much baking to do, can she really make all the delicious fairy cakes in time? Will they be delicious enough to bring a smile to Queen Rosie's face or will this just be a royal recipe for disaster?
About the Author
Encouraged by her mother to bake from a very early age, Helen Nathan is dedicated to inspiring an interest in baking amongst children. Now a mother of three daughters herself, she firmly believes ready-to-roll icing is the greatest invention since Playdough and tastes SO much better and that edible glitter really is the icing on the cake. Helen has worked in professional kitchens and also runs her own cookery school. She is the author of the Flossie Crums series.
About the Illustrator
Daryl Stevenson is the author and illustrator of Mimi's Magic Wardrobe (Orchard Books) and the illustrator of the Max et Mathilde French language series (Blue Giraffe). She lives in London.
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