I Am Baker

What I’m Reading {Giveaway CLOSED}

I dont know about you, but I am pretty much blown away by the amazing cookbooks that have come out this year!

Each one of these is so fantastic for such unique and cool reasons.




French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

This is the book I have been secretly praying for.  The caption reads, “How our family moved to France, cured picky eating, banned snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy, healthy eaters.”  Believe me, those 10 rules are amazing.  Definitely worth checking out!






Savory Sweet Life by Alice Currah

I feel like Alice wrote this book just for me.  Her recipes are divine, her commentary a secret peak into her life, and her photography is exceptional.  I cant say enough good things about this book.  I so hope that you can own one, that you can hold it in your hands and find joy in each page and beautiful dish.







Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson

The fact that Shaina is a perfectionist makes this book unlike any other.  Her recipes are perfection.  She ranges from desserts that your three year old can make to beautiful delicate decadent treats exquisite enough for the most grand occasion.  Shaina did her own photography and really proved herself to be among the best in the business.







SprinkleBakes by Heather Baird

Quite possibly one of the most creative and original cook books I have ever seen.  You will be nothing short of amazed at the jaw dropping creations that Heather so brilliantly shared.  This book is like nothing out there.  I am in awe of Heathers talent!







Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff

If you like canning this book is a must have.  It came out in 2010 and became the go to book in our house.  Broken up by seasons and all encompassing, this book leaves nothing uncovered.







Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas

Amy is such a trend setter!  Many have mimicked her style but she still reigns supreme.  Her recipe for chocolate cupcakes is killer, as well as every other recipe she shares.  I love that I can sit down and enjoy her book like a great magazine… its all eye candy!


I want you to win one (or two) of these books!  

Here is how:

Pick the book that you want to win and visit their website.  Find one thing that you want to make or just plain adore.  Leave a comment with that information. (example, “I want to make SprinkleBakes new Pocky Cake!”)

Please do visit the sites of these amazing authors and creators.  I promise you will not be disappointed!

You may leave up to TWO total comments for TWO chances to win.

If you want to win French Kids Eat Everything or Canning for a New Generation, just leave that title in your comment.

This sweepstakes will be open until Friday, July 6th.

Please see OFFICIAL RULES here.


CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!!  You will be getting and email please respond within 48 hours! :)

I Am Baker

Chocolate Cupcakes {contest closed}

This was the most fun post to do. I get to make something delicious and talk about one of my favorite people!

I dont know if you heard, but today Amy Atlas’s book Sweet Designs,  is available to purchase!!  Its fabulous.

She has so many tips and tricks, I think she can turn anyone into a professional stylist!  Its easy to read, the pictures are stunning, and the ideas are SO creative!

I wanted to make her Chipper Chocolate Cupcakes. (They are in her ‘Perfectly Preppy’ chapter… my favorite!!)

And I am so glad I did!  Amy offers up a unique version of chocolate cake that is delectable.  (You have got to get the book just for that recipe… I have made LOTS of chocolate cake in my day, but never one like this!)

The cupcakes in her book are covered with and surrounded by the funnest pretty pink sprinkles.

I totally did not have pretty pink sprinkles on hand.

So I just made some!

Paired with Amy’s delicious buttercream and it was a win-win.

Actually, its win-win-win.  Know why?  Because YOU have a chance to win too!  One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Amy’s book!

Its easy!  Just tell me, What is your favorite cake flavor?

If its chocolate you gotta get her book and try these cupcakes!

For an additional entry you can tweet:

I want to win a copy of @amyatlas ‘s amazing new book  #SweetDesigns  from @iambakertweets! http://bit.ly/JBRxee 

You can also earn an addition entry by sharing this post on facebook! (You can just click the share button under my facebook post)

Please leave a separate comment for each.

I have even better news.  A few other amazingly talented bloggers got together to help spread the word about Sweet Designs!

You have GOT to go and see what they made!!!

Tidymom  Honey Panna Cotta

Sweetapolita  Pink Eclairs

My Baking Addiction  Banana Whoopie Pies

Two Peas and Their Pod  Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Bake at 350  Hazelnut Truffles

Sweetopia  Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes

Bakingdom  Mini Strawberry Trifles

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle Amy Atlas Cookbook Giveaway

Not only did they make something sweet from the book, they are also giving away one copy!  So you have NINE chances to win!!

This giveaway is open from April 24th through midnight on April 30th.  You must be 18 years old to enter and live in the United States.

Please see official rules HERE.


The winning comment was #368

Amy who likes “lemon cake with lemon icing”

I am sending you an email Amy!  Congrats!