trophy cupcakes + parties!


doesn’t this picture just make you happy.  it works for me on a thursday lovelies!

we are talking books today.  books and cupcakes, to be exact (that’s what all the sprinkly goodness is about above)  and honestly, these are two of my favorite things.  i like buying all types of books, but cook books are right up at the tippy top.  especially ones that are visually pleasing.  yummy recipes and yummy food photos = success!

at the moment, i’m swooning over trophy cupcakes and parties!


the book is written by, the darling, jennifer shea who is a mom, business owner and, now, author.  jennifer owns 6 cupcake shops in the greater seattle area, called trophy cupcake + party.   you can read more about her journey to success here (don’t you just  love reading about others journeys and advice?  there is always something to learn, yes?).


business.  baking.  books.  it’s all pretty great.  sweet, really.

especially for someone who really likes to bake.  that’s me.  baking is my jam.  it just makes me happy.  when i’m stressed or just feeling out of sorts i love to bake it out.   to hear the clank of chocolate and smell it melting in a pan is sometimes the best medicine and somewhat meditative for me.   and while some find the measuring gruesome, i find it to be a welcome guide.  i love the preciseness of it.

and, i should mention that this book precisely has a lot more to it than cupcakes.

click thru for a peek inside + to see what i mean :





i cannot wait make the cupcakes, but i’m also totally inspired to find fun vintage toppers.



how cute are these award ribbons made from cupcake liners?

pre-order a copy of Trophy Cupcakes & Parties to find out how to make these the DIY ribbons along with many other fun party crafts.  this weekend, i’m pretty sure, we will be baking a batch of cupcakes (espresso buttercream for me + peanut butter buttercream for the littles) and making a cupcake liner garland.

so do you love cookbooks as much me?  and, are you more of a baker or a cook?

p.s. be sure to stop over at the effortless chic for the strawberry cupcake recipe + at apartment 34 for an interview with author, jennifer shea.

images : la la lovely | image 3 images courtesy of Jennifer Shea // photography by Rina Jordan 



  • Danielle
    Commented on September 19th, 2013 at 4:47am

    I’m much more of a cook, if nothing else than because my microwave oven can only do so much :) this book looks fabulous though! What a cupcake experience. I could spend hours pouring over cookbooks.

  • Trina
    Commented on September 20th, 2013 at 9:34am

    it’s totally the type of cookbook you could pour over …and over and over. and thank god for microwaves too! that is how i made dinner last night! xo . t

  • Allison
    Commented on September 19th, 2013 at 11:07pm

    I love Trophy Cupcakes. I live in Seattle and they are hard to avoid because their cupcakes are so delicious! I bought a Chocolate Guinness Cupcake for my dad last March (It’s seasonal) and he said he’s never had a cupcake that good. You know it’s good when it’s Dad approved! <3 This post!

  • Trina
    Commented on September 20th, 2013 at 9:33am

    it would likely be a problem if i lived near trophy cupcakes! the chocolate guinness sounds so interesting. i love combinations like that. and, you are totally right. if it is dad approved than it is good! xo . t

    Commented on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:23am

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