How to Eat a Cupcake is the first novel from Meg Donohue. A cute fun read about two former friends who open a cupcake bakery together in San Fransisco. I really enjoyed this story and could hardly put the book down! I could easily imagine the premise of the book being a made for TV movie, Chick Flick or even a TV show. The book also came with a recipe sheet for Meyer Lemon Cupcakes.
Synopsis of the book from Amazon:
Free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clairs’ housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia’s San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls oblivious to class differences could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.
A decade later, Annie bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death, and a painful secret jeopardizes Julia’s engagement to the man she loves. A chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, but when a mysterious saboteur opens up old wounds, they must finally face the truth about their past or risk losing everything.
For being a first time author I was really impressed with this book. I thought that the story line was believable. Two people who used to be friends find each other again and end up working together. It was a little cliche though that the pretty blonde is the rich one and the immigrant’s daughter is the poor one. In the last three chick lit books I read the girl with the brown curly hair is always the hippy, free spirit or unpredictable one. Being a female with brown curly hair I’m not sure I agree with this stereotype. I do however identify with Julia’s (the blonde one) method of hiding cupcakes in the kitchen so no one else can eat them!
A few of my favorite quotes from the book. This one verifies why I should eat more cupcakes!, “…Everyone knows that a skinny baker is not to be trusted. And who was I to discourage anyone’s trust.” Singing a little song in your head and tuning out when someone talks about boring stuff, “Our compost ‘Tis of thee, Sweet poop of piety”. And on Julia’s bad mood, “…you’ve been rainbows and kittens all month and now suddenly you look like someone slid right down that rainbow and landed squat on your kitten…”. That last one is my favorite I think.
The book is also filled with cute cupcake similes and references. Such as comparing the San Fransisco bay bridge to the color of a red velvet cupcake and someone’s features to a cupcake liner.
Now on to the best part. How To Eat A Cupcake! I have demonstrated through photos how the two main characters eat their cupcakes. I’ve also done myself for good measure!
How Julia St. Clair eats a cupcake
Step 1: Remove the cupcake liner carefully so as not to unnecessarily crumble the cake.
Step 2: Then turn the cupcake slowly in your hand, taking bites along the line where cake meets icing, your mouth filling with a perfect combination of both components.
Step 3: Once you’ve come full circle, you gently twist off the bottom half inch of cake which gives you one last perfect bite of cake.
How Annie Quintana eats a cupcake
Step 1: Gobble it down one large bite at a time until there’s nothing left. That’s it.
How Kelly, American Cupcake in London, eats a cupcake
Step 1: Unwrap cupcake carefully and use the liner as a plate. Find matching and/or pretty teaspoon that preferably matches the cupcake. Like this pretty yellow teaspoon matches the lemon cupcake.
Step 2: Insert pretty teaspoon into the center of the cupcake at a slight angle to get a good ratio of cake and frosting.
Step 3: Continue in a circular motion around the cupcake until just a core remains.
Step 4: Savor the last bite!
Check out the recipe for Meyer Lemon Cupcakes from the book!
Thanks to Harper Collins for my copy. How To Eat A Cupcake is out today