Pick Your Mix!

What’s your sweet style? Cakes, bread, confections, cute? What do you guys love or want to learn how to bake?

Check out the 10 books below and pick a mix of your favorite five to be entered for a chance to win them! FUN!!!


Surprise-Inside Cakes
Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – with a little something extra inside
by Amanda Rettke
Photography by Susan Powers

These whimsical cakes are as cute on the inside as they are on the out. The step-by-step photos will inspire you to get creative with layers of cake.


Sweet Paul Eat and Make
Charming Recipes + Kitchen Crafts You Will Love
by Paul Lowe
Photography by Alexandra Grablewski

If you love Sweet Paul’s blog and magazine then owning this book is a no-brainer. Beautifully photographed and full of comfort and charm, this one’s a real keeper.




Eat More Dessert
More than 100 simple-to-make & fun-to-eat Baked Goods from the baker to the stars
by Jenny Keller
Photography by KCB Photography

This book will make you want to fill your table with treats… and yes … eat more dessert! Jenny’s easy and adorable recipes are showcased in dessert tables like Spring Garden, Princess Tea Party, Down on the Farm, Vintage Baby and more.



Meringue Girls
Incredible Sweets Everbody Can Make
by Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman
Photography by David Loftus

I love how many different ways a basic meringue can be used to create decadent desserts and colorful confections. I made these meringue kisses from the book last week and they were way too fun!



Glorious Layered Desserts
by Glory Albin
Photography by Gene Chutka

Layers of sweets in small jars. I’m in. Pina Colada Cheesecake Mousse, Peach Raspberry Almond Trifle, and Brownie Bottom Coconut Cream Dessert are just a few of the sweets to get you started or use her basic recipes to mix and match and make your own combinations.



The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook
Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival
by Alex van Beuren and Dixie Grimes
Photography by Ed Anderson

This book makes me happy inside. It’s divided up into Breakfasts, Main, Sides, Soups for every Season, Spreads and Sandwich Fixings, Casseroles and of course Southern Sweet Thangs!  You’ll enjoy making this Mississippi Grocer’s best recipes.


Trophy Cupcakes and Parties!
Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle’s Prize Winning Cupcake Bakery
by Jennifer Shea
Photography by Rina Jordan

The famous Seattle cupcake bakery shares some of their most loved recipes along with basics for party themes and tips for entertaining.



Modern Pioneering
More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life
by Georgia Pellegrini
Photography by Georgia Pellegrini

Georgia is a friend of mine and she’s really outdone herself with her latest book. And while it isn’t focused on baking, it’s like an excite-o-pedia of fun projects and recipes to sharpen your skills. Besides red wine popsicles and beet marshmallows, there’s tips on gardening, making preserves, tapping your own watermelon keg and much more.



Pure Vanilla
Irresisible Recipes and Essential Techniques
by Shauna Sever
Photography by Leich Beisch

Okay, vanilla lovers, this book is for you. 80 recipes showcasing this beautiful flavor that usually takes a backseat to chocolate. You’ll fall in love with the Twinkie Bundt Cake, Vanilla Cloud Cake and I dare you not to make someone’s day with the Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts.



Josey Baker Bread
Get Baking • Make Awesome Bread • Share the Loaves
by Josey Baker
Photography by Erin Kunkel

This step-by-step book would be great for the beginning bread baker. Josey Baker … yes his real name… starts you from scratch learning the basics and takes you on a journey through different types of flours to inspire you to have fun with bread.



Pick Your Mix Giveaway for your favorite FIVE (5) books!

  • To be entered for a chance to win, just leave a comment on the blog with your favorite 5 books from the ones above.
  • That’s it. Easy peasy.
  • Deadline to enter is Thursday, May 29th at 7:00 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner Announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Thursday evening.

Good Luck!!!

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Okay … it’s time to announce the winner.

P.S. – I loved reading all your picks. It’s fun to see what people wish for. I just wish I had an easy way to tally everything up. I get so curious about these kind of things.

And the baking books go to Maggie! Congratulations. I think you’ll have tons of fun baking this summer.