Monday, October 10, 2011

About this time last year…

I was in Seattle and I had just begun my book tour.

Seattle had so many fun places to visit for cupcakes.

And not just the kind you eat.

While I was there, I was so excited to stop in and see my friend CakeSpy’s shop.


It’s in Capitol Hill and it’s pretty darn cute.


Jessie, aka CakeSpy, gave me and my friend Julie a warm welcome.


Her shop is as charming as she is.


It’s filled with her adorable watercolor illustrations of L’il Cuppie.


And illustrated magnets, too.


Plus, there’s lots of other fun cupcake items, shirts and even a cozy gallery space where she features local artists.


There’s even a Pug named Porkchop.


They are both as cute as can be.


Porkchop keeps watch over things from his ice cream throne.


If you pass by the shop sometime, you might even get to see Jessie at work through the storefront window. See if she still has that cute two-headed deer. Eeek!


Stop in and say hi if you do. She’ll greet you with a welcoming smile.


Here she is creating one of her more requested Zombie and L’il Cuppie illustrations. I love how tiny she works. It was so fun watching her do her thing.


If you’ve been following my site for a while, you may remember CakeSpy from some of my earlier posts.

I first “met” CakeSpy on flickr, when I stumbled upon her adorable cupcake drawings and had to have some of my very own.


These are the first ones she did for me. Yeah, I have several more.

And she’s the one I made this little video for. (Check out our other sweet exchanges here.)

And I’ve been following her with each new adventure.

When she sold her drawings on etsy.

When she went part-time at her day job.

When she quit her job to pursue her passion full-time.

When she opened her adorable shop in Capitol Hill.

It’s so great to watch friends fullfill their dreams.


And now she’s just about to begin her own book tour and celebrate the launch of her new book, CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life. Yay!


The book has lots of fun little recipes like this one for Red Velvet Cake Shakes.


And of course the book is sprinkled with her signature illustrations.

Here’s her tour info with a launch party at the shop this Thursday.

She’ll be signing books at bakeries, too. Awesomeness!


Jessie, I’m so proud for you. You deserve all the sweet success that comes your way.


libby said...

ahhhh love her pug!!!

October 10, 2011 12:58 AM
Kelly said...

Cakespy rocks!

October 10, 2011 12:59 AM
Becky W. said...

Yay for her!! Looks amazing!! And Porkchop is adorable!!!!

October 10, 2011 01:01 AM
Jamie said...

cupcakes! who needs a day job when you have cupcakes!

October 10, 2011 01:03 AM
Jenn said...

Anyone who loves her dog that much is a winner. :)

October 10, 2011 01:04 AM
laura glass said...

Oh when might you be back in Seattle? I missed your visit and would love to make the next date!


October 10, 2011 01:04 AM
Joey said...

What a great post! We’re huge fans of Jessie (aka. Cakespy) We LOVE her shop and recently picked up a copy of the new book. It is so awesome and I know my kids and I will have a great time baking our way through it!

October 10, 2011 01:10 AM
Catarina said...

OHHH Jessie!!! I love he <3

October 10, 2011 01:26 AM
Megan D said...

How inspiring!!! Love it!!! Dream on ladies, dream on!!

October 10, 2011 01:30 AM
Kristen said...

Very nice!

October 10, 2011 02:17 AM
meki said...

I love the cover of Jessie’s book. Sure thing inside was totally even sweeter! :D

October 10, 2011 02:23 AM
Cutie Pie said...

OMG Bakerella is so awsm!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 10, 2011 03:11 AM
Sharon said...

Congrats to CakeSpy!!!

October 10, 2011 03:22 AM
Kezia said...

Wow! What a cute shop. To bad I live to far away to visit:(

October 10, 2011 03:46 AM
Choc Chip Uru said...

I can’t believe I’m in Aus right now :P

October 10, 2011 04:40 AM
Jayne said...

The little vid is so cute! LOL. You should make more.

October 10, 2011 05:21 AM
Rachel Willen said...

I love to hear stories of people getting to live out their dreams! Sounds like she chipped away at it for a long time and is now enjoying the sweet fruits of her labor of love. It inspires me to keep going with mine. Thanks!

October 10, 2011 06:47 AM
Katrina said...

I think I need a pug now. Yep, I do.

October 10, 2011 07:12 AM
Notyet100 said...

Will look for this book…:)

October 10, 2011 07:29 AM
Sally Clarida said...

Love, love, love CakeSpy!!!

October 10, 2011 07:29 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Such a sweet post and I love your photos!

October 10, 2011 07:54 AM
Angela Dicken said...


October 10, 2011 09:02 AM
Trisha said...

If you follow your dreams anything is possible

October 10, 2011 09:15 AM
Robin said...

Cakespy is SUPER CUTE! I was hoping you would have some type of a giveaway on this post….Guess I just need to get some of her stuff on my own!

October 10, 2011 09:15 AM
danielle said...

thats so cute! lolz

October 10, 2011 09:23 AM
Barilla said...

Is it possible that Jessie is using a Corelle Spring Blossom plate as her palette? If so, I’m simultaneously appalled and charmed. I have that pattern tattooed on my wrist!

October 10, 2011 09:26 AM
Jennifer said...

Thank you for sharing Bakerella~ Can’t wait to check out CakeSpy while I’m in Seattle~

October 10, 2011 09:54 AM
Alex said...

I think Porkchop is the most perfect name for a pug I’ve ever heard. Adorable!

October 10, 2011 10:27 AM
Lisa said...

Congrats! One of these days I should visit CakeSpy, and I live in the Seattle area!

October 10, 2011 10:35 AM
Marsha said...

Congrats to CakeSpy! Your story is an inspiration!

October 10, 2011 10:37 AM
Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm said...

I got sent a copy of Cakespy’s book to review a few weeks ago, and I loved it! I’ve already made several recipes out if it, and I can’t stand the cuteness of the illustrations–so adorable!

October 10, 2011 11:04 AM
Cookbook Queen said...

I had the pleasure of decorating a cake with Jessie at the Wilton Blogger’s Workshop this Summer. She’s so much fun to be around, and I cannot WAIT to have that book in my hands!!

October 10, 2011 11:11 AM
katie said...

so cool! i have heard how you like macarons and stumbled across this website on the website is at link to
and i saw it and thought that you would like this.

October 10, 2011 11:11 AM
The Weekly Sweet Experiment said...

So exciting. Can’t wait to see the book!

October 10, 2011 11:20 AM
MINDY1 said...

Cuteness overload in this post :D glad things are working for her.

October 10, 2011 11:23 AM
jama said...

Thanks for the sweet post. Hope to meet Jessie someday at her shop. It’s been wonderful following her career, and her new book is awesome in every way. :)

October 10, 2011 11:29 AM
Tasting Heaven Bakery said...

LOVE IT!!! The next time I am in Seattle I will have to stop by!!!

October 10, 2011 11:42 AM
Debbie said...

Nice to hear that Jessie has achieved her dreams. I have to order from her site so many cute products Thanks

October 10, 2011 03:24 PM
Mighty Morgan said...

That is so great and so inspiring to people like “me” who one day hope to get to fulfill there dream of making and baking allllllllll day long :) Thank you to the both of you for doing your thing….it helps me to keep doing mine!!!

October 10, 2011 04:02 PM
Lady Jennie said...

Yay! Congratulations! I love to see people fulfill their dreams.

And I was laughing because in one picture, it looked like she was carrying her pug in a baby carrier. Could it have been so? he he

October 10, 2011 04:30 PM
Nisrine M. said...

Such a pretty post. Love all the whimsical photos.

October 10, 2011 05:15 PM
Anna said...

What a nice post!! Having met Jessie, I agree 100%. My only lament is that Pork Chop was not at the store during our visit.

October 10, 2011 05:26 PM
Kori said...

So fun!!! Can’t wait to see her book. So sad she won’t be in TX :(

October 10, 2011 05:36 PM
Pam said...

Congratulations Jessie! Many wishes for a hugely successful book tour and continued success with Cakespy!

October 10, 2011 05:48 PM
Rebecca said...

Great stuff! Congrats on the new book, Jessie, I hope there is much more to come!

October 10, 2011 06:29 PM
kat said...

aw, love that story :) It’s inspiring. I’m also trying to quit my “day” job. It’s hard work, but worth every minute…And I am also super angry at myself! I was JUST IN SEATTLE last month, on vacation, in Capitol Hill, but I didn’t do enough research on where the cool stores were, I guess, and missed it! Next time…

October 10, 2011 07:37 PM
Kathy said...

I know where Capitol Hill is…or at least I’ve been there.
-Googles up Capitol Hill-

October 10, 2011 09:06 PM
aussiemarina said...

congrats to jessie……………………..i’m sure she will enjoy the tour as much as you did…………………….wtg girls

October 10, 2011 10:31 PM
aussiemarina said...

that video is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute lmao

October 10, 2011 10:33 PM
paige said...

omg that is the cutist thing i have ever seen i can see how you two are friends your so much alike!!!!:)

October 10, 2011 10:56 PM
Cherie said...

This is really a sweet post. I love to see successful women supporting and promoting other successful women. The more we support each other, the more successful we all will be !!
I wish the best of everything for you both.

October 10, 2011 11:25 PM
Jennie Posada said...

I love it when people follow their dreams and are able to make a living off of it. She should be very proud of herself. Way to go!

October 11, 2011 12:47 AM
my spatula said...

this is so sweet, thoughtful and inspiring. thank u!

October 11, 2011 01:15 AM
ivona poyntz said...

Your shop looks amazing. The photos are inspiring as well.

October 11, 2011 09:52 AM
Jackie said...

Super exciting! Congrats and best wishes!

October 11, 2011 12:33 PM
Seanna Lea said...

That is terrific. I love seeing everyone making a go of their dreams. It gives me hope that I will branch out some day into my own dreams.

October 11, 2011 12:56 PM
Beth Dunn (@OOPSY_) said...

Congratulations & very inspiring article! Love the photos!

October 11, 2011 01:56 PM
Lauren said...

Jessie is truly the sweetest. Thank you for posting all the great photos of the shop!

October 11, 2011 02:12 PM
Jennifer said...

that looks like one of the funnest places on earth. …yes, I said funnest.

October 11, 2011 02:35 PM
Tiphanya said...

French may be good for “patisserie” (pastry ?) but nothing worths the american books to realize beautiful/funny/sweet cakes.
I love her illustrations !

October 12, 2011 07:30 AM
Chloe said...

Omg, I LOVE Pugs! There as cute as can be…. I just wanna steal Porkchop away from you (Not literally, just LOVE Pugs) ! And cool art about Li’l Cuppie!

October 12, 2011 04:51 PM
Sandra said...

How fun! love the post! wish i could visit the shop….someday…

October 13, 2011 01:38 AM
amy said...

yay! my husband and i stumbled upon cakespy when we were wandering around Seattle on our honeymoon last year. we loved it; i still have the postcard i picked up hanging at my desk at work. cheers to your success!

October 13, 2011 01:25 PM
Celeste T. said...

Awesome! Food brings people together..well, desserts I’ll be waiting for you in LA CakeSpy! Bakerella, if you want to come back to LA/San Bernardino area, I’ll be waiting for you too! :)

October 13, 2011 03:17 PM
Fridakjartans said...

:) this is great, the dog even looks like a cupcake

October 13, 2011 05:04 PM
Pamela Rust said...

Sweet indeed! I can’t believe I live only 2.5 hours from Seattle and haven’t been to her shop yet! I. Must. Go!! Congratulations, Jessie, on all your success!!

October 13, 2011 08:05 PM
Phuong said...

That’s me and my fiance in the 3rd pic! We were visiting Jessie from Boston and was so happy to meet you there :) It was such a great coincidence. Two of my favorite bloggers in one place ?

October 14, 2011 07:52 PM
Phuong said...

typo with the question mark above hehe

October 14, 2011 07:54 PM
lailamakemycake said...

Your page is absolutely brilliant. Love what you do, and very inspiring.

November 1, 2011 07:25 AM
travel the world said...

First of all I have to thank you very much to share exclusive pictures in this post.

November 5, 2011 12:06 AM
Angela said...

Great inspirations from your work!
I’m promoting my blog, walk to visit me?
Nice day! :-)

November 7, 2011 06:37 AM
Regina said...

The new cakespy book is AMAZING! It’s innovative, creative (duh!) and “cuppie” filled! I love it! ~Regina

November 7, 2011 06:03 PM
Lauren said...

I absolutely LOVE the stop-motion animated film!! This inspires me to make more little films like this like I used to make… the little cupcake is adorable!


November 18, 2011 11:17 PM
hghgpubhgpfbhugfph said...

so cute + awesomeness = this!!

November 27, 2011 06:15 PM
Brian Meratunsi said...

Since I have only this one life, though, it is my personal choice that to the greatest extent possible I am going to use my energy to “work” for the people I love.

December 13, 2011 12:57 AM
Vyvacious said...

How cute! I’ll definitely have to add her shop as one of my places to visit when I stop by Seattle again! :)

November 13, 2012 08:09 PM
anna said...

love the video

April 10, 2015 08:10 PM
anna said...

the video is awesome

April 10, 2015 08:11 PM
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