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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,939 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Cupcake’s life is pretty good. He’s got his bakery, and his band, and his best friend, Eggplant. His days are full of cooking, socializing, and playing music. But lately, Cupcake has been struggling in the kitchen. He’s sure the solution to all his problems is out there somewhere. But maybe that solution is hiding closer to home.

Sara Varon returns with an ageless tale as d...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by First Second
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Just made the Peppermint Brownies from the recipe in the back of this book, which earned it an extra motherfucking star. Other authors can take their interesting plots and well-developed characters and shove them right up their snooty asses.

These brownies are fucking awesome. They are, hands down, the best brownies I have ever had. And I am something of a fuckwit in the kitchen, a regular Sarah Palin of baking (as you will see from my tip).

Tip: When making the frosting for the brownies, be...more
Is it just me, or is there something strange and cannibalistic about a cupcake selling zucchini bread to sentient vegetables? Or a package of sugar buying and eating brownies? And we're not even going to discuss the eggplant musician who eats reuben sandwiches...This graphic novel is fascinating, but strange.
If you completely ignore the surreal characters, this is a very sweet [only partially a pun] story about pursuing your dreams and enjoying yourself along the way. Cupcake is a baker who only...more
If you're a lover of cupcakes, then you will likely agree that this book is so stinking cute. It's so fluffy I'm gonna die! The only sad thing is that I can't really tell you what the point of it was—weak story line.

Cupcake owns a bake shop in Brooklyn. He and his friend Eggplant decide to save up for a trip to Turkey to meet Cupcake's culinary idol. In order to do so, he starts experimenting with his usual recipes and selling these goods at different venues. Included are neat recipes for the c...more
I may have read this in some kind of melancholy mood, or perhaps it's just that I was promised specifically that this book was not sad, but I found it VERY SAD and sort of emotionally taxing. "But I don't understand! What message am I supposed to take away from this book?" I cried out ten minutes after finishing. "You aren't supposed to take away anything," my seven-year-old niece said calmly. "It's just a book about Cupcake and his friend Eggplant." Which is possibly true. But I thought it had...more
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How can you resist a book that's about a cupcake who runs a bakery? Seriously.

This book is delicious and delightful!
Eva Mitnick
You know those moods you have sometimes, when you feel so fragile and vulnerable that your psyche can be bruised by the tiniest suspicion of criticism? When every new day, hour, and minute just seems like another opportunity to fail?

I don't know of any antidote, but you can alleviate the symptoms for a while with a graphic novel like Bake Sale.

Cupcake owns a bakery, where he creates scrumptious, award-winning desserts. When he's not at work, he plays the drums in a band and hangs out with his be...more
I feel like a dork, but... I want to know if Cupcake wins!!
Sarah BT
I really enjoy Sara Varon's books and her art style (even if Robot Dreams made me a bit sad!) I love her artwork because she really knows how to put emotion into her characters and it makes the story come to life. Sure, talking food isn't real, but I believe it with Sara Varon's art.

Bake Sale is an adorably funny book about friendship. Cupcake discovers that he didn't need to travel far to find the answers he was searching for. The artwork is adorably cute and the story of friendship is a nice...more
Cupcake owns a bakery and his life has a certain routine to it. Wake up at 6:30 am, head to the bakery, bake, and then open the shop at 9:00 am, work until 4:00 pm, then spend time with his friend, Eggplant. Eggplant is planning a trip to Turkey to visit his family, who happen to know the very famous chef, Turkish Delight. When Eggplant invites Cupcake to join him on the trip, Cupcake has to work hard to make more money and pay for it. As he tries new things, his delight in baking returns. Perha...more
Katie Bruce
I read this book over my lunch break--well, 1/2 my lunch break; it's short--and upon immediately finishing it, I decided I didn't really like it. A book about a cupcake who sells cupcakes for other anthropomorphic food items to eat?! That's weird! A cupcake who plays drums in a band with an avocado and an eggplant, a cupcake whose best friend is an eggplant? I think I had some trouble getting into these foodie characters. This book just seems to lack the pizzazz and heart that "Robot Dreams" has...more
This is the story of Cupcake and his best friend eggplant. Cupcakes runs a bakery and plays drums in a band. When Eggplant tells Cupcake he is travelling to Turkey to meet the world famous chef Turkish Delight, Cupcake just has to meet her, too! But he’s not sure how he can raise enough money for his plane ticket. Eggplant encourages him to try other ways to sell his baked goods, and suddenly Cupcake is filled with inspiration – he sells carrot cake at the Farmers Market, peppermint brownies on...more
Sep 03, 2012 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jess by: Robot Dreams & hunt for junior graphic novels
Varon shows life as sweet, lonely, busy, mundane, tricky, & lovely. Yep, sounds about right. Is it too much like adult life? Perhaps, but I like Varon's take on friendship.

The bit where Cupcake replaces his lost cherry with a blueberry hit me.

Two things, thought:
-Is my mind in the gutter or is it incredible odd for two characters to go to a Turkish bath in a kid's book?
-If you're a cupcake, should you bake and sell cupcakes? Aren't you related?

Includes recipes for each treat mentioned in t...more
This book is and enjoyable book because it is quirky and charming. This book would be good for people who are quirky and people that like cartoons would like the darling characters. Other people that also might like the book are people that like to cook or bake because this book contains a lot of special recipes that Cupcake bakes. The main character is a cupcake named Cupcake, his best friend is an eggplant named Eggplant. The story takes place in what seems to be earth but in the past it seems...more
Bake Sale is a delectable delight for all ages. This gentle story of friendship and sacrifice is easy on the eyes and heart, plus has many delicious recipes for friends to try out together. (I know I will be making the raspberry squares!) Varon’s talking food people are just like us, from crabby Avocado to hungry Hard Boiled Egg. YAY for Cupcake and Eggplant, who join the ranks of Bert and Ernie and Beezus and Henry as two of the most memorable best friends of all time!
Just about the cutest, sweetest book I have ever read. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes cupcakes and cute illustrations. I enjoyed this far more than Robot Dreams. The cupcake main character in this book is just so lovable.
Becky B
Cupcake and Eggplant are best friends. When Cupcake finds out that Eggplant's family knows the famous pastry chef Turkish Delight, Cupcake is bound and determined to be able to go with Eggplant to visit the family in Turkey. Cupcake quits their band to make extra money. But when Eggplant loses his job, Cupcake decides it's more important for Eggplant to see family, and so Cupcake gives Eggplant a ticket and stays at home. Of course, everyone ends up happy in the end.

Warning: Do Not Attempt to Re...more
When it comes to teen graphic novels revolving around stories of friendship, Sara Varon has got the genre on lockdown. Robot Dreams was brilliant, and Bake Sale is a worthy follow-up. A cupcake that owns a bakery, and wears a cherry for a hat!

It’s, of course, cute and charming, with a honorable message of looking out for your friends and working hard to achieve your dream. You can’t help but feel good when you finish reading her work -- and I’m not just saying that because she leaves you with r...more
SO freaking cute.

Full review, along with recipe testing, here:
Tamara Mckinney
I liked how the author detailed the running of a bakery and how creative people (or cupcakes) can get in a rut.
Yes, I marked a story about talking foods as "realistic." Don't judge me, friends.
Adrienne Furness
A comic about a cupcake who sells cupcakes. Do not miss the hyperactive bag of sugar.
Anna Richland
My daughter continues her run of graphic novel children's books, and she whizzed through this one on her own, reading on the couch. That is my definition of success - it captured her enough to make my very fidgety and constant-motion child sit, bundle up, and read.

She told me one of her favorite parts was when Cupcake loses the cherry on top and replaces it with a blueberry during the parade - so she was absorbing and retelling.

Like Stray Sock Sewing, I want the time to bake the recipes in the...more
This graphic novel is completely adorable. Cupcake is a baker and he feels a little bit stagnant in the kitchen lately. Like he's making the same food over and over and losing his creativity. So he starts looking for inspiration and believes he will get it by meeting Turkish Delight, the world class baker. However it turns out that maybe he should be thinking closer to home.

I love this book because it works on sooo many levels and the illustration style is just so attractive to me. I also thinks...more
Sep 11, 2011 Amy added it
Shelves: 2011, j-comics
Cupcake runs a bakery, and has a pretty sweet life (har har) - he has great friends like Eggplant, and he loves playing drums in the band. Things get even better when he learns that Eggplant has a personal connection to Turkish Delight, a master baker. The two friends embark on a mission to raise enough money for both of them to fly to Turkey and meet Turkish Delight. Cupcake quits the band so that he has extra time to sell his baked good at local events and venues, and finally scrapes together...more
Cupcake works hard running his own bakery and plays in a band on the side. He is intrigued when he learns his best friend, Eggplant, is planning a trip to Turkey. Upon learning that Eggplant will see his idol Turkish Delight on his travels, Cupcake is determined to come along. Being the owner of his own bakery does not leave Cupcake with a lot of extra spending money, so he has to be creative. Cupcake takes a leave from the band, attempts to make fortune cookies, sells cupcakes at the park, carr...more
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Bake Sale - Sara Varon, author of the charming Robot Dreams, is back with another tale of friendship. Cupcake owns a bakery. He is best friends with Eggplant, and together they play in a band (Cupcake plays the drums, Eggplant the trombone). One day Eggplant announces he's planning a trip to visit his Aunt Aubergine in Turkey and Cupcake discovers a reason to want to tag along. Turkish Delight, the best pastry chef in the world, and Cupcake's personal heroine, is bu...more
01 February 2013

Rating: * * * * 1/2

Bake Sale is a sweet story about Cupcake, who has a simplistic life that I find enviable. He owns a charming bakery and spends his spare time playing in a band with his best friend, Eggplant. Life seems perfect.

When Eggplant announces he will be going to visit his chef Aunt Aubergine back home in Turkey, Cupcake discovers Aunt Aubergine is friends with his longtime idol, Turkish Delight. Eggplant invites Cupcake to come on the trip with him, and that's when Cu...more
A story about a cupcake who runs a bakery complete with a cast of fruit, vegetable and food ingredients as customers and friends. Cupcake runs a successful bakery, but decides to make a little extra money by setting up a table of baked goods outside big events in the area with themed treats for sale. She's saving up for a ticket to meet her idol, Turkish Delight. When her best friend Eggplant loses his job, Cupcake gives him the money she saved so he can make the trip anyway to see his aunt and...more
Apr 15, 2012 Renee rated it 3 of 5 stars
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