Cookbook Review and GIVEAWAY!

That’s right! My first review and my first giveaway!! I am very excited about this!

Confetti Cakes for Kids is written by Elisa Strauss, founder of Confetti Cakes in New York City. She has created confections as elaborate as a platter of sushi, a wine bottle in a crate and a designer handbag. Now she focuses her talents on her younger fans with this enchanting collection of cakes, cookies and cupcakes for kids.

Since my cookbook arrived the other day, I thought I’d include a review of the book. First of all, this is a very beautiful book. It has a nice hardback and book cover that is colorful and fun. It is broken into a few key sections:
-Introduction
-Cake Basics
-Techniques
-Basic Recipes
-Cookies
-Cupcakes
-Mini cakes
-Cakes
I love how the hard cover book is actually different than the bookcover. Both are very cute.

After flipping through the book, I realized that it is geared towards decorating techniques, ideas, inspiration, and how-tos. There are some step-by-step photographs to accompany many of these techniques. There are also templates in the back that you can copy and use for your designs.

I personally love new recipes in cookbooks. Funky new flavor combos to inspire my creativity. I didn’t get a whole lot of that from this book (although I can’t wait to try the apple-cinnamon cake with brown sugar buttercream). The recipes are in fact all the basics. There are recipes for a few varieties of cookies, a brownie recipe and a few standard flavors of cake. There are also a few basic frosting recipes including a recipe for lemon curd and rolled fondant.

I decided that in order to complete this review properly, I should make something from the cookbook. I was initially leaning towards yellow cake with chocolate buttercream because I’ve never made a yellow cake. But then I realized I should make something that I know and love. Basically have a mini-throw-down right here in my own kitchen. As loyal readers know, I have a go-to chocolate-cupcake recipe that I got from Laurie (founder of Cupcake Hero, Tuesdays with Dorie, and Layers of Cake). I make this chocolate cupcake a LOT. Everyone loves it and it’s so easy.

So I decided to make the chocolate cake recipe from Confetti Cakes for Kids. Watch for the thrown-down results in a couple days… I’m not going to post the recipe here. Maybe you’ll win a copy of the book to try this and other recipes and techniques yourself.

So here are the rules. Post a comment here and you’ll be entered into the drawing. I will be giving away 5 copies of the book. Entries will be taken until Midnight (EST) on Wednesday, October 15. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. Feel free to use the DOT COM format to prevent spam.

Good luck!!

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80 Responses to “Cookbook Review and GIVEAWAY!”

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    Lauren — October 11, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    What a cool giveaway! This would be awesome for my son’s 2nd birthday next month. Thanks for the contest!

    My email is lauren.c.king at gmail dot com

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    Anne — October 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    What a cute book! I’m just starting to decorate and would love this for ideas!

    anneblanke@hotmail dot com

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    slush — October 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    That chocolate cupcake recipe is still my go-to as well. Although the chocolate cupcake from CH: Coffee is a close 2nd. (The CH:Coffee one is fussier, so I still use the old one the most.)

    I would love to get my hands on this book. I am in charge of 2 upcoming bake sales, and inspiration is much needed.

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    Megan — October 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    What a great book! I have this book on my wish list – so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!

    mybakingadventures at gmail dot com

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    Toby — October 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    oopps- forgot my email gty46at hotmail dot com

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    Sandy — October 11, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Sounds awesome

    sgbradstreet@hotmail dot com

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    jennifer — October 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    How very cool! And such a cute book, too.

    jenniferhaude at yahoo.com

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    Shawna — October 11, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Looks like an adorable book!

    shawna626 at gmail dot com

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    Tiff — October 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Looks like a great book! Love your blog.

    ryanandtiffany at gmail dot com

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    Chrissy — October 11, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I love to bake cakes and this book looks like so much fun! Thanks :-)

    chrissyblogs at gmail dot com

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    Jingle — October 11, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    This looks like SUCH a fun book!

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    mic — October 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    i would love to get a free cookbook…i so love baking cupcakes right now!

    my email is micmic2177 at yahoo dot com

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    michelle — October 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    What a great looking Book! I loved making my own cake for my daughters 1st birthday! This book would give me a lot of inspiration for so many other birthdays parties to come!

    THANKS!
    Michelle724 at gmail dot com

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    Alicia — October 11, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Looks fuuuuun!
    aliciaambler at gmail dot com.

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    grifam93 — October 11, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    looks like a lot of fun, love to bake!!! aseminara at gmail dot com

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    Julie — October 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    great idea! cool book!

    cctimmom@gmail.com

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    mrsdanigirl8 — October 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I would love to be entered into this give away. It sounds like an awesome book with great recipes and ideas :)

    My email address is dani_girl8 at hotmail dot com

    Thanks!

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    Laura — October 11, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    What a fabulous giveaway! I bet I could get years of use from that book for our 1 year olds future birthdays!

    destinationAZ at yahoo dot com

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    Mimi — October 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    This book looks great. Awsome Idea!!

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    Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes — October 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    How fun! Please enter me to your giveaway.

    curtnancy@yahoo dot com

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    mygooglereader — October 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    with a little one and one on the way this would be great inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

    evedal06 at yahoo dot com

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    ~Amber~ — October 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    What a fun looking cookbook. I would love to win a copy of it. I am supposed to help with 1st birthday cake in a couple of months and this would come in handy.

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    EZA — October 12, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Awesome idea! This would definitely give me baking inspiration!

    elizabeth.stank AT gmail DOT com

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    Kayla — October 12, 2008 at 12:35 am

    What a great idea!
    kayla.a.cr @ gmail dot com

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    Stephanie — October 12, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Yay for a giveaway! This book looks absolutely amazing!!

    steppystar@aol.com

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    Jaime — October 12, 2008 at 1:13 am

    what a cute book!

    goodeatsblog at gmail dot com

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    Baking Away — October 12, 2008 at 2:04 am

    That looks like a great book. Please enter me!

    lrandall79 at comcast.net

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    susies1955 — October 12, 2008 at 8:49 am

    What a neat giveaway. This would be a great book for me and my grandson to explore. :)
    susies at twcny dot rr dot com

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    CuteStuffInside — October 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I’m having an “I Want Candy!” giveaway right not too – ends 10/15 – I invite you to enter.

    S.W.A.K.

    http://www.CuteStuffInside.blogspot.com

    My email is cutestuffinside at hotmail dot com

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    Nestie Tess2mommies — October 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Great idea, that looks like such a cool book. My email is tess2mommies at gmail dot come

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    The Queen of Quite a Lot — October 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    That looks like a really neat book! I am crossing my fingers and adding it to my wish list just in case. Thanks!

    Kristen
    kristen.arland at gmail.com

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    Jess — October 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    What an adorable book! I’m totally a cupcake addict, but trying out new stuff is aways fun.

    Jess
    jessica.tupper at gmail dot com

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    Ashley — October 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I have loved this book from the first time I laid eyes on it! I love cute, creative cakes!!

    cakesbyashley at hotmail dot com

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    marilyn15 — October 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    what a great giveaway! I love baking and this would give me loads of ideas.

    marilyn110999@hotmail.com

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    Nina — October 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Such a cute book!

    txaggie02 at hotmail dot com

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    Princeton McKinney — October 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    That book looks like so much fun. You’re sweet to do a giveaway. And I am craving chocolate cupcakes now!
    kopperhead at cox dot net

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    Heather — October 12, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Hi! I love your blog! This book looks amazing, and I am excited for this contest! I forgot to put my email down last time :)

    hmpatterson(at)accesswave DOT COM

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    Joy — October 12, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    The cover is too cute! I love the how-to photos – very helpful. Will watch for the results of the throwdown :)
    Thanks for the review!
    joyanna at ameritech dot net

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    Heather — October 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    what a great book!

    evanshj@gmail.com

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    Christine — October 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    looks yummy!

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    babyblue1155 — October 12, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Aww that book looks so adorable! I’m only an amateur baker, so I have a lot to learn. This book seems like a lot of fun to learn from. =]

    babyblue1155 at gmail dot com

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    Mandy — October 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome book. I want one!

    mycatrules at charter dot net!

    LOVE your sites. Then again, I love food, so anything food related is fair game.

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    Calantha — October 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    OMG OMG I have been meaning to pick up a book on cakes for while! That one sounds like a good choice!

    Email: trancelass47@gmail.com

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    Karen — October 12, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    My 29 year old “kid” would love this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

    my email is kzappy@comcast.net
    (peabody,MA)

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    Trisha — October 13, 2008 at 12:46 am

    How fun! I would love to be considered in your giveaway! We just had a baby girl 2 weeks ago and it’s never too early to plan for her first birthday!

    My email is paislie98 at hotmail dot com

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    Katie K — October 13, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Ooo, choose me! :) My mom was a cake decorator but never got the hang of using fondant & I would SO love to learn how to do it. And it’s clear that this author/artist knows her fondant!

    email to
    katiekolodzy at comcast dot net

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    Table for Seven — October 13, 2008 at 1:56 am

    This book sounds great. My boys would totally appreciate some new ideas for their birthday cakes.

    mommytoboyz@gmail dot com

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    Christina — October 13, 2008 at 2:12 am

    That book is so beautiful! I would love to attempt a cake or a cupcake for my kids too!

    cpoolie-at-gmail-dot-com

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    andie — October 13, 2008 at 2:24 am

    It looks like a very fun book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    andielib at yahoo dot com

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    Puzzled — October 13, 2008 at 4:32 am

    I can’t wait to get this book! what an artist she is.

    My email address is meera at baymoon dot com. Thanks!

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    she_ra_13 — October 13, 2008 at 4:48 am

    This book looks like it will be great inspiration for my son’s 1st birthday this January!

    she_ra_13 at yahoo dot com

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    vettie — October 13, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Wow. This sounds awesome! I would love to win this book!!

    sweetnessbakery@gmail.com
    Yvette

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    Morgan — October 13, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I love this book!

    pmchavez1024@hotmail.com

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    Carrie's Creations — October 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I have heard so many awesome things about this cookbook – I’d love to learn all the techniques!

    caschlim at comcast dot net

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    Steffie — October 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    What a great giveaway! This book looks so fun!

    steffie100 at hotmail dot com

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    Justine — October 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Sounds like a great book and I’d love to have a copy of it…

    jwaite@aumail dot averett dot edu

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    Snichols — October 13, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Wow, this book looks so kewl! With lots of ideas!! Thanks for having the contest!!

    shannon_aj_nichols@hotmail.com

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    Julie — October 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    That book looks so cute and fun!

    luvbball@gmail.com

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    Meg — October 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    That book looks adorable!

    emomie@gmail.com

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    Amy — October 13, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    That looks so awesome! :) I love creative cake ideas!

    amabbate at gmail dot com

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    MusicalVoyyeur — October 13, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Gosh! You think maybe there’s kitty litter cake in there?? Ooh, I can’t wait. I’m all buttered up!

    Email is: musicalvoyyeur at aol dot com.

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    Yvette — October 13, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Great giveaway! I have had thisbook on my wish list so I sure do hope I get it. It looks amazing.

    Yvette
    dyvette@gmail.com

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    kamewh — October 13, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Jared — October 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Looks like it’ll be a good book.

    My e-mail is jared.petersen@gmail.com

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    Gina — October 14, 2008 at 12:41 am

    With three daughters under the age of six and a little boy who is about to turn one – this book would be a great source of inspiration in our house! :)

    ahalfdozeneggs at gmail dot com

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    savy lender — October 14, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Oh, I would love this book for my girlfriend!

    Eddie
    serranoloans@gmail.com

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    Kitchen Flavours — October 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    gr8 idea. Book looks awesome.

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    MoonFreckle — October 14, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    What a great cookbook! I can’t wait to see your results!

    angelaj105 at gmail

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    Mack Family — October 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Ooops- my email address is

    danipmack at gmail dot com

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    Stacey — October 14, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Such a cute book. I’ve volunteered to make cakes for some of my friends , so this book would come in handy.

    stacey.gallant at gmail dot com

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    La Pixie — October 14, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    that book is soooooo cute. Im crossing my fingers that I will win one!

    lapixie [dot] dusted [at] gmail [dot] com

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    Stacey — October 14, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Love Confetti Cakes – especially her sock monkey revenge cake!
    staceys.scoop at gmail dot com

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    Lisa magicsprinkles — October 15, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Oooooooh! I would love to have this adorable book! Thanks for offering us the opportunity to win one.
    My email is lisa (dot) hatch at gmail (dot) com

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    supergirl5 — October 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    This book looks like so much fun! I’m sure i would spend tons of time in the kitchen with it!!!

    shopping_girl5 at hotmail dot com

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    Outnumbered2to1 — October 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah! I love this giveaway.

    email: outnumbered221@gmail dot com

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    Brooke & Freeland — October 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    The book sounds amazing!! Great giveaway! My email is in my profile.

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    Brooke & Freeland — October 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    The book sounds amazing!! Great giveaway! My email is in my profile.

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    BellaLovesPink — October 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    What an awesome giveaway!

    doreenre@yahoo DOT com

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    fourthmonth — October 16, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Popped over from Cake Wrecks. This book is fabulous! fourthmonth at gmail dot com

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    Melissa and James Atkinson — October 16, 2008 at 5:25 am

    This book looks amazing and would be great to add to my collection. Thanks for the review. . .

    melvolcom22@aol.com

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