The Icing on the Cupcake

The Icing on the Cupcake

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In this delectable novel--complete with recipes--Jennifer Ross frosts a sweet story of a young woman fulfilling her dreams, one delicious cupcake at a time.

In Ansley Waller's world of Southern belles and gentlemen, getting a diamond ring isn't just important--it's the ultimate goal. So when her fianc#65533;, Parish, unceremoniously kicks her to the curb and cancels their upcoming wedding, Ansley is so ashamed that she decides to leave Dallas and make a fresh start. In a surprise move, she heads to New York City to live with her recently widowed grandmother, Vivian, whom she's never met. In turn, Vivian gives Ansley a no-nonsense ultimatum: Rather than wallow in misery, either get a job or go home.

The Waller women have a tradition of baking their way out of sorrow. So Ansley mixes batch after batch of creative cupcakes--Black Bottom Heartache, Moving Blues Banana Caramel, Tres Leches Made Small. Before long, she's opening up her own cupcake shop and even trying her hand at dating. But the ways of Manhattan's eligible bachelors are altogether different from their Southern counterparts, and Ansley's nearly fail-safe tactics fall flat. And worse, someone's got a half-baked scheme to sabotage Ansley's new life. It'll take a cup of courage and a dash of Southern charm, plus a few secret ingredients, if Ansley hopes to pull off her recipe for success.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade paperbacks, c2010.
ISBN: 9780345492968
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 21 cm.


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jeanner222 Oct 02, 2013

Ansley Waller is a Southern belle without a back-up plan. Why would she need one? She’s gorgeous and smart and engaged to be married.

Everything changes when Ansley’s fiancé breaks the engagement. What’s a girl with no other plans to do?

Well, this gal is flying to NYC with her tail between her legs. Luckily, she has a wealthy grandmother to take care of her, sort of. Ansley soon discovers two things:

1. Her grandmother is NOT going to take care of her, and
2. Her grandmother’s life is complicated enough without Ansley in it.

While trying to find a job in the big city, Ansley realizes what she’d really like to do: open a cupcake shop. She’s a terrific baker, and a born salesperson. So, she does just that and finds success. Can rebounding from a broken engagement be this easy?

I’m not saying that this is the most realistic story ever written. It certainly is not. It is entertaining, and all of the cupcake recipes sound divine.

Jul 16, 2013

Great recipes...wish the book were, too! The premise is cute, but some unbelievable events take place that did not seem rational. Fun read, though.

Jan 14, 2013

This was a good light read with a slightly unpredictable ending. I really enjoyed the recipes at the end of each chapter and the author's descriptions of baking.

Nov 26, 2011

I loved this book. It's a motivating inspirational read about a fresh out of college girl who has to rebuild her life after her fiance calls off the wedding. I recommend it to anyone who loves cupcakes!

Oct 04, 2011

Poorly written. Weak and annoying characters. Plot is unrealistic. Main character is a spoil brat who within two weeks becomes almost a saint and single-handedly opens a bakery. Nobody even having money can single-handedly open a bakery in the middle of NY, after having just completed college where her main goal was to secure a good catch. The only highlight of the book is a bunch of recipes that are actually quite good.

Jun 10, 2011

A really good book. I also tend to like books that feature books in them, like Icing On The Cupcake. Where Ansley opens a cupcake shop! It's weird, though. I don't like too sweet things like cupcakes and cakes. 5 Stars. ;)


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