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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570617562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570617560
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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



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It is a fun book for little kids and big kids alike.
Margaret
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.
MKE_Scout
I literally think the most "out there" thing you might need is a popsicle stick!
Quynh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on October 12, 2012
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Rothenberg on November 30, 2011
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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.
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By lisa howie on June 24, 2013
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Fan of the website as well. Recommend to all the bakers out there!
Great for young or new cooks as well.
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By Emily on April 14, 2013
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This book is very cute! Fun drawings and artwork, but the actual recipes are just so-so. Still happy with my purchase overall!
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By MKE_Scout on December 11, 2011
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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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