Here's the cover!
It's a coconut cake inspired by the ever-awesome Almond Joy candy bar. If you're intrigued, know that I've got an entire chapter devoted to desserts based on candy.There are also desserts inspired by nature, art and even a bunch of boozy sweets!
Sweet Envy has something for everyone. If you’re ready to create a pastry presence, this book will equip you with the techniques to impress. (Read: here's how you can kick ass at the bake sale.) The recipes range from sweets so easy your kid could make them, to mini cheesecakes adorned with spun sugar nests and fondant bees. Whether it’s a quick go-to cookie recipe, or a hand painted cake, the recipes are a solid foundation to build upon. These recipes really are designed for any skill level and they'll always look just as amazing as they taste. The book will feature a few favorites from my blog (like a more detailed succulent cupcake how-to), but most of the recipes are brand spankin' new and super creative.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the images in the book.
|I hate to play favorites, but these are my two favorite recipes from the book: Faux tacos (they're cookies, I swear) and a Mint Chocolate Trifle. Yum.|
I shot them all in my kitchen/dining room (and occasionally on the front porch if the lighting was just right:) Aside from writing, testing, styling and photographing every recipe, I also designed the book! A true labor of love. It's been a year of endless hours in the kitchen, editing, cursing and ultimately sweet triumph. (Not to mention the good 15 pounds I gained while writing this sucker.) But I couldn't be happier with it. It's full of really approachable and fun recipes.
So today I'm asking you to pre-order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. And when it comes out on October 5th, go to your local bookstore and buy another copy to show the local shops some love. This book is the answer to all the complexities in life. Ok, maybe it won't solve everything, but Sweet Envy will most certainly make you a more creative baker. Flex those creative baking muscles—being envied never tasted so sweet.