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Christmas at the Cupcake Café (At the Cupcake Café #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  3,349 Ratings  ·  269 Reviews
Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don't seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Sphere (first published October 1st 2012)
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8th out of 255 books — 331 voters
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Dec 28, 2014 Cat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, ebook
Having never read a Jenny Colgan book in my life and this being Christmas season, this book seemed like a good option.

But, alas, a good option it was not.

It happens during Christmas, there are lots of Christmas-related recipes, lots of talk about Christmas and the such, but the characters spend most of the time whining and complaining about this or that. Making choices is never easy, but come on! No need for such drama!

I already mentioned the characters so I'm going to say I didn't care for most
Feb 29, 2016 Obsidian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book picks up a year after the end of Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe. Please don't read since there are spoilers for Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe included in this review.

Issy is finally content, she has an awesome boyfriend in Austin. She loves living with him and working at her cafe with Pearl and Caroline. Though she feels adrift from her best friend Helena since Helena had a baby, she still feels happy about things. And one of the things she loves most of all is celebrating Christmas.

So pret
Nov 22, 2013 Karen rated it did not like it
Aw man, I wish I hadn’t read this. It’s kind of besmirched the nice memories of the first Cupcake Café book which, to my surprise, I enjoyed immensely. All the love and hard work Colgan put into her characters first time around, she completely negated with this: sparkly, straight-talking Helena becomes an insufferable baby bore; adorable Austin becomes predictably and stupidly inveigled in a near-affair with a perky American waitress; Caroline remains the hard-assed bitch she was before, only ...more
Ena Hasečić

Nastavak romana Vidimo se u Kapkejk kafeu koji i dalje prati Isi, njene prijateljice i momka, te njihove živote u srtci pred Božić. Veoma dobar nastavak, za nijansu lošiji od prvog dijela i zbog toga mu dajem 4.5. Svakako preporučujem, divno chick-lit štivo sa divnim božićnim receptima za kolačiće.
Slightly better than the first one, still not the best chick-lit book I've read so far but the series it's enjoyable overall.
Nov 03, 2012 Jo. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gentle-reads
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Oct 30, 2012 Bookevin rated it it was amazing
Review originally on I Heart.. Chick Lit.

I loved Jenny Colgan's Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, which is the prequel to Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe. I won it from a giveaway hosted by one of Sphere's publicity managers, and I was so glad I picked it off the catalogue! The thing is, I love baking. Yes, trying out new recipes, the lovely, delicious smell wafting in the air as the yummy cakes cook in the oven. It's heaven. Well, it's hell when you have to clean the me
Rea Cobb
Oct 24, 2012 Rea Cobb rated it it was amazing
My favourite book of 2011 was easily Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan. The storyline left you all warm and fuzzy inside and the characters seemed to play on your mind for weeks after finishing the book so imagine my delight when sorting out our Christmas book when I am told Jenny Colgan is releasing a Christmas book and not just any Christmas book but back with our characters who we know and love!

Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her ne
Aug 05, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
SO the verdict! It really was a cute and enjoyable story, got me smiling at some point here and there, made me wish I was in New York, made me crave cupcakes (which I literally went to get), etc etc... BUT it was kind of cliché. I have skim read here and there, especially the last let's say 100 pages. I've only read the parts that were Issy or Austin's POVs (main characters) because I couldn't be bothered to read about the others. What I did like A LOT, is that at the start of every new chapter ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who have already read Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, this is a welcome back to a cast of characters who feel like old friends. For new readers, it's a chance to meet them all for the first time, and the story stands alone well as Jenny Colgan has helpfully included a brief introduction to set the scene.

A year ago Issy launched her new venture; The Cupcake Cafe. The cafe is successful and has become a firm favourite in the neighbourhood. Issy has found a guy who she thinks might be the on
Dec 07, 2013 Miriam rated it it was ok
Sorry but I found this a very disappointing read. I LOVED the original Cupcake Café but this book was not for me, it was not festive at all - it was full of angst and anxiety all the way through as the two 'romantic' lead characters spent most of the book arguing and at odds with each other, the rushed 'happy' ending did not make up for this and I actually sped read the second half of the book to get it over with. Also, what happened to Helena???!! I loved her character in the first book but she ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Breige rated it liked it
The second Jenny Colgan book involving Issy, the owner of the Cupcake Cafe in Stoke Newington, her two staff members Pearl and Caroline, her boyfriend Austin and his 12 year old brother Darny. The big problem here is that Issy loves her cafe but Austin has been offered an amazing new job in New York. Will one sacrifice their career or will their relationship be the one to end? To be honest, I didn’t like it as much as the previous Cupcake Cafe book, the book has so much anxiety in it and I don’t ...more
Bought this one in a fit of Christmas shopping at ASDA. It was about Christmas, love and cake AND it was super cheap - a must buy!

This is a sequel to 'Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe'. It's lovely to get back together with these familiar characters, and the Christmas recipes are amazing. The story is perhaps, a little disappointing. It doesn't really seem to go anywhere, and it keeps the love interests apart for the entire novel! I still read it in two days though.... so there's obviously a lot to l
Nope, not for me. I couldn't have cared less about the story and my mind kept drifting off, I didn't pay attention to what I was reading though. It's not the book's fault though, I can imagine quite a few people enjoying it. The problem here is me and my mindset and also the influence of the last book I've read (The Snow Child), which basically blew my mind.

Two stars though, because although I haven't got a much of a sweet tooth, some of those recipes seem yummy and worthy of trying. I love cook
Rocío Cruz Vázquez
Una historia que para pasar el rato no está mal, aunque a mí me ha recordado a la típica película americana de sobremesa ambientada en Navidad. Un libro que está bien pero tampoco deja huella ni nada de eso. Las recetas sí que me han gustado, a lo mejor pruebo a hacer alguna.
Jan 04, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
I did finish the book, but found it too obvious, and lacking in a real storyline. Disappointing as I loved the first book. I will look forward to her next book, but will not be dropping all of my other books to read it as soon as it is released.
Dec 21, 2012 Fi rated it liked it
Sat up all night to read this after loving MMatCC, liked this one (view spoiler) so 3 stars rather than 4! Have still preordered The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris though :)
Lauren Lucas
Jan 20, 2013 Lauren Lucas rated it liked it
This wasn't as good as Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe. I got bored towards the end and thought the chapters dragged on. The ending was quite boring also.
Nov 04, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it

Didn't enjoy this as much as the first cupcake book but it was still enjoyable. Still enjoy Jenny colgans books and I am looking forward to the next one.
Jan 09, 2016 Dorien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. A little predictable, but I didn't really mind.
A light read. Perfect to get in the holiday spirit.
Paula Croskell
Jan 04, 2015 Paula Croskell rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book as it was an easy read but a bit predictable. I would now love to go to New York even more as part of this book is set there. I liked the idea of adding recipes to this book.
Jan 06, 2013 June rated it really liked it
A lovely feel-good read . . . perfect for this time of year.
Jean Coldwell
Nov 13, 2016 Jean Coldwell rated it liked it
Got cupcakes? Issy Randall does! She bakes them fresh every day at her London bakery, the Cupcake Café. Now that the Christmas season is drawing near, Issy is up to her eyebrows in batter, icing, and stress. That’s right – stress! But it’s not what you’d expect. She loves her job, her business, and her boyfriend Austin. But in Christmas at the Cupcake Café, Issy’s troubles begin when Austin travels to New York City for an interview for a promotion. Will he be swept off his feet by the big city b ...more
Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
Christmas at the Cupcake Café was like diving into a giant cupcake complete with the most amazing frosting ever made (quite possibly from the delicious recipes included in the novel). It was fun, filled with all sorts of Christmas, and there was snow.

When I think of Christmas I think of two things. Mostly I think of Vicar of Dibley, or atleast imagine a Christmas that takes place in a little country village with snow and warm fires and drinking hot chocolate while wrapping presents or snuggling
Nov 10, 2016 Christi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I like it, but I have been slightly frustrated with both of her part 2 books that I've recently read. They were very similar and not much development on all counts. But I will definitely read more her books.
Nov 29, 2016 Helen rated it liked it
This was another really fun/light read that helped my Christmas mood grow. I did not find it as good as her most recent book release but I did enjoy it.
Katie Ann
Nov 06, 2016 Katie Ann rated it it was amazing
This is another great read by Jenny Colgan
Kobby Gyampoh
Oct 27, 2014 Kobby Gyampoh rated it really liked it
ALso on


Imagine this: You own a café. A café you’ve worked throughout the year to stabilize. You have the perfect boyfriend with a not-so-perfect/too-eco-conscious little brother who doesn’t deter you from loving him so. You’ve built a network of friends who find solace in your café working to earn a living and dreading Christmas is around the corner.

You cannot wait for Christmas to get by. It would be an amazing time of the year for you since for once y
Nov 04, 2014 Gaele rated it really liked it
The second book that I have read from this author, I love how Colgan incorporates food (chocolate or cupcakes) into her stories and gives them a respect that one would expect from characters. Issy is a year into running her Cupcake Café, and when I finished this, I added Meet Me at the Cupcake Café to my buy list. Colgan provides readers who haven’t read the first book with a solid sense of events leading to this story, without overwhelming us with details or information, in fact, she starts out ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Agi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book has been waiting patiently to be read by me for some months, as I couldn't really face to read a book with a title "Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe" sometime in summer. But this time has arrived and I finally found a little time to squeeze it between books that I have for review.

It was really great to say hello to Issy, Pearl, Caroline and the whole Cupcake Cafe company again. Good to see that the Cafe stands firmly on its legs and is doing good and that now it is actually private lives
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Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the ...more
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