Melanie's Musings
February 29, 2016

When Life Hands You Lemons, Stuff ‘Em in Your Bra Cakes

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:

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.


Check out reviews of more books from Sarah Ockler:
Twenty Boy Summer
Fixing Delilah

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

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Posted by Melanie at 9:05 am – Comments (3)
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  • March 6th 2016
    Beth F said:

    Oh I love the sound of this books — and I wouldn’t be able to resist making cupcakes. I have mini cupcake pans and regular ones but I don’t have jumbo tins.


  • March 6th 2016
    Laurie C said:

    I haven’t made cupcakes in a while, but what I like most is the frosting, so I don’t have the extra-large tin, either! Yum!


  • March 7th 2016
    Vicki said:

    Ooohhhh, yummy! They look so good!