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.


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78 comments on “About this time last year…”

  1. the video is awesome

  2. love the video

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

  4. 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.

  5. so cute + awesomeness = this!!

  6. 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!


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

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

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

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

  11. typo with the question mark above hehe

  12. 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 ?

  13. 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!!

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

  15. 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! :)

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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!

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

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

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

  22. Congratulations & very inspiring article! Love the photos!

  23. 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.

  24. Super exciting! Congrats and best wishes!

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

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

  30. that video is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute lmao

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

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

  33. 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…

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

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

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

  37. 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.

  38. Such a pretty post. Love all the whimsical photos.

  39. 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

  40. 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!!!

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

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

  43. 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. :)

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

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

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

  47. 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!!

  48. 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!

  49. Congrats to CakeSpy! Your story is an inspiration!

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

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

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

  53. 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!

  54. thats so cute! lolz

  55. 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!

  56. If you follow your dreams anything is possible

  57. Such a sweet post and I love your photos!

  58. Love, love, love CakeSpy!!!

  59. Will look for this book…:)

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

  61. 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!

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

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

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

  65. Congrats to CakeSpy!!!

  66. OMG Bakerella is so awsm!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

  69. OHHH Jessie!!! I love he <3

  70. 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!

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


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

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

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

  75. Cakespy rocks!

  76. ahhhh love her pug!!!

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