What is your idea of seventh-heaven? Chocolate chip cookie dough concealed in a cinnamon roll? Or what about French toast made from leftover birthday cake?
In CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life, Jessie Oleson, illustrator, blogger, and self-described “adventure baker” puts it all out there, sweet-wise, within 147 sugar-saturated pages. This includes the aforementioned Glazed Cinnamon Rolls Stuffed with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (page 2) and Birthday Cake French Toast (page 3). It also includes the likes of Behemoth Crumb Cake (page 58, and following pages)–a skinny layer of cake topped with an exaggerated amount (read: lots and lots and lots) of crumb topping. Would you consider serving Deep-Fried Cupcakes on a Stick (page 97, and following page)–frozen miniature cupcakes are lightly coated in flour, then dipped in batter and fried–at your next dessert party?
While CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life may appear to be total sugar fantasy, if you happen to have two slices of pound cake and some leftover cheesecake around, it would be wise not to overlook Ms. Oleson’s Grilled Cheesecake (page 46). I adore making French toast out of slightly stale pound cake, but here the author takes us one step further and constructs a grilled sandwich of cheesecake-filled pound cake slices (not requiring a pre-dip in batter, thankfully).
The table of contents for CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life reads like a fairly conventional baking-related cookbook (“Breakfast of Champions,” “Smart Cookies,” “Taking the Cake,” “Pies in the Sky,” “Sweet Nothings,” “The Big Chill,” and “Seasonal Sweets“), until you look at the actual recipes and realize that they appear to be conceived by someone in only the happiest of sugar-induced states. Which is precisely why you will be taken with this book.
The recipe pages are decorated with drawings by the author and, along with images of the confections scattered about, complete the package. In all, it’s a trip in and out of an imaginative mixing bowl.