I really really lurve cupcakes

| 28 January , 2009 | Reply

I swear I could eat cupcakes every single day, so a rom-com (romantic comedy for those not in the know) with the word cupcake in the title has to be one I need to read!

Rosie Wilde’s debut novel Life’s too Short to Frost a Cupcake is one that I couldn’t put it down and read it in two and a bit days.


Alice has a steady job at Carmichael Music, a reliable boyfriend, a nice flat and a cleaning habit she can’t just kick.  But everything changes one Monday morning.  Her kindly boss isn’t there, but sends a mysterious text advising her to watch her back.  And a new boss has arrived from the American head office:  the extremely scary Phoebe Carmichael.  Alice is sure she is about to be fired in a ‘streamlining’ exercise but, instead, she’s offered a dream job in America.  Her brief:  to persuade the once massively successful, now reclusive, recovering alcoholic singer songwriter Wyatt Brown to record a new album.

There are some fabulously quirky characters; my fave being Alice.  Alice’s overly dramatic head chatter was just hilarious!  My head chatter keeps me company every single day and I really don’t think that much about it.  Even though Alice’s head chatter was very dramatic, it bonded me to her.  And to read on paper the mind-games that we play with ourselves and the interpretations of other people’s responses and/or behaviours is never-ending.  I don’t think I would like to see my mind-chatter in print, I think I would be sent off to the loony bin very quickly!!

And you just have to love her boyfriend, he is so obsessive about absolutely everything, I don’t know how she doesn’t bonk him on the head in frustration sometimes!  Anything outside routine he can’t deal with and it just becomes bigger than ben hur!

And I can’t not mention the cupcake frosting competition, just hilarious … there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition, I really cannot spoil it.

All this talk of cupcakes, I’m off to bake some of my own with Shirley, my pink kitchenaide.  Am going to try this highly recommended ‘to die for’ recipe that comes from a contributor on the forum at taste.com.au.


  1. Into a 1 cup metric measuring cup place 2 eggs, fill to the top with thickened cream and place in a bowl.
  2. Beat 1 minute using electric beaters, add 1 splash vanilla essence and 3/4 cup caster sugar and beat for 3 minutes.
  3. Sift in 1 cup SR flour and fold into mixture, place in 12 patty pans.
  4. Bake in moderate oven until light golden and cakes spring back when lightly touched in the centre (about 12-15 minutes).

Apparently they can sink in the middle so some on the forum recommended you leave in the oven for a couple of mins more … you can also add cocoa to it which I am going to do!

These are not the cupcakes from the recipe but how gorgeous are they?  They are the creation of Kylie Lambert from Le Cupcake in Clovelly, my suburb just next door.  I’m going to be popping over to say hi to Kylie and make her my new best friend 🙂


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  1. sassisam says:

    oh my goodness, that is a divine cupcake, thanks Jill. and what are you doing over here reading my blog? mine is nothing compared to yours, i ‘steal’ stuff from you 🙂

  2. sassisam says:

    i know, do you want to come around and taste test this new recipe with me?

  3. Oh my lord, don’t tempt me with all this talk of cake. Those cow-cakes look brilliant.

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