The Icing on the Cupcake

The Icing on the Cupcake

by Jennifer Ross
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The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross

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 fiancé, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345492968
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Ross is a former Wall Street Journal and Dallas Morning News reporter, and the co-founder of the movie production company Brick House. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, children, and her two Papillions, Navette and Ruby. 

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Icing on the Cupcake 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Paz_Amor_Felicidad More than 1 year ago
Very easy read. This book is a two in one! After every chapter there is a recipe for cupcakes! Already tried one and the cupcakes where a HIT! (I made the pinapple ones) Loved the book kept me entertained...if you love to bake like me you will enjoy this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would consider this a beach read. It definitely falls into the chick lit genre. A quick, easy read, but definitely entertaining.
Amy C. More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quick read. It was a fun read for this lover of cupcakes and NYC.
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ILgirl07 More than 1 year ago
A cute story (and a timely focus on cupcakes) about a recent college grad unsure of what to do with herself after her engagement is called off. She heads to NY to live with her grandma and find herself. The thing I found rather unbelievable was Ansley's transformation from selfish and mean to giving and sweet. Maybe it was all her hard work in opening the bakery and helping her grandma? The characters were not fully developed. Easy read though and lots of recipes!
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Taylor Price More than 1 year ago
a real story relatable to, takes you ona journey of the main character finding their path in life. an emotional ride with suprising twist and turns and an unforgettable change in character.
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Great characters, fun light read, and it keeps you guessing.
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Jenn-at-GirlsJustReading More than 1 year ago
I'm going to have to disagree with Ansley. I don't like cupcakes. I don't like cake at all. *ducking incredulous looks* However, even I want to try some of these cupcakes! (The Margarita, Hold the Salt one sounds divine!) There are two kinds of food-lit, the kind where food is pervasive in the stories like books from Sarah Addison Allen and Erica Bauermeister, and the kind that weaves recipes into the story, like this book from Jennifer Ross and books from Josi S. Kilpack. I love them both indiscriminately. The main character in this book is far from likable. Actually, most of the character's in this book are unlikable. Ansley is cruel; her grandmother, Vivian walked out on her family; her mother Hattie, spoiled her daughter to excess; and then there's Thad, Vivian's haughty financial advisor. Taking all that into consideration, I would usually walk away from such a book, but Ms. Ross created such an interesting story around these characters that you can't help but get pulled into it. (Like Julie, I read this in about a day.) These character's are not just archetypal stereotypes, but have depth and grow. You may not like Ansley by the end of the book, but you sure do respect her. The plot moves along nicely and though there is a twist that is foreshadowed early in the book, it is still well done. I also like that the story is not wrapped in a nice neat little package at the end. It is left open, but not so open that you feel cheated out of story. Ms. Ross is an excellent example of what is good in the genre of food-lit. I will certainly be seeking more from her. http://girlsjustreading.blogspot.com/2010/05/group-review-icing-on-cupcake.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overall concept was interesting but the ending was not realistic. I do not want to ruin the ending but the accident appeared thrown in at the end. I also do not know alot of people that would be so forgiving of other people's actions since they could be life threatening.
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She caught a vole.