In Bittersweet, Hudson Avery is a provocative cupcake namer.
She’s also a high school student trying and failing to balance the importance of family with the hopes of something beyond her small hometown. Talk about a relatable heroine.
But back to the simpler topic of baking- each chapter of Sarah Ockler’s novel starts with a cupcake.
The illustriously titled “When Life Hands You Lemons, Stuff ‘Em in Your Bra Cakes” (it’s too much fun to say) has the following description:
Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Though I didn’t have extra-large cupcake tins (Is that really a thing?), I set out to make my own with the following recipes:
- Cream cheese frosting from Chowhound – 1/2 the recipe was the perfect amount
- Lemon cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction – They have the texture of Angel Food cake
I think this was actually my first time ever making cupcakes. They are so much fun to decorate!
Since cherries are out of season, I used a can of pie cherries and used the syrup to color the cream cheese frosting. Also, I skipped the lemon zest and simply added a little extra juice.
I can see how baking and decorating cupcakes could become Hudson’s escape. Halfway through, I was having a pretty sweet time, just me and the cupcakes.
If you’re hankering for a book with an inventive way of telling a familiar story, Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler won’t just entertain, it’ll inspire you to spend some quality item with your oven.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.