I’ve never seen their show, but Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are the genius bakers behind Georgetown Cupcake and the stars of the TLC series DC Cupcakes. My mom gave me their cookbook, The Cupcake Diaries, for Christmas, and since I love cupcakes, I had to give it a read. With stories about their childhood and their beloved grandmother, Babee, the book is charming without being overly sugary. Each chapter shares Sisters’ Wisdom, recipes, and stories, so it’s fun to read about the ups and downs of starting their own business and becoming a sweet success. And the cupcakes? Oh my…. There are dozens of recipes, from pancakes to lemonade to baklava to mouth-watering cupcakes and frosting. The sisters freely share details on how to make their “signature swirl” on top of a cupcake and go into painstaking detail on how to embellish each and every cupcake using fondant or other delicious toppings.
There are also behind-the-scenes stories about the TLC program with candid observations on what it’s like to work with family, how their biggest projects sometimes go wrong, and mistakes made or calamities averted. Overarching the recipes and stories, though, is the fantastic belief that if you love what you do, you should go for it – no matter how hard it seems. As a book, the story was charming. As a cookbook, it’s sweeter still.
Stay tuned for baking posts from this cookbook!