It is more difficult to summarize CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life, the new cookbook from Jessie Oleson, the blogger and artist behind Cakespy. This is because the book has a tremendous amount of personality – much like Jessie herself (who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions) – and isn’t just about recipes. The book is about Jessie’s love of sweets, and the excitement and passion that she has for all things sweet comes through on every page of the book and in every recipe.
The first thing that you’ll notice about the book is that it is loaded with Jessie’s cute and distinct illustrations of everything from anthropomorphic cupcakes to unicorns on a sugar high. They are on just about every page and really serve to draw you in to the recipes. The recipes are as fantastic as the illustrations, and include things like Cinnamon Rolls Stuffed with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Doughnut Upside Down Cake and Red Velvet Cake Milkshakes. They sound over-the-top and they are, but they’re also perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth and the need to have some fun in the kitchen. In addition to the illustrations, many of the recipes are accompanied by photos that show fun and mouthwatering desserts.
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.