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The Icing on the Cake

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,115 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
It started with a cake. A rather innocent-looking cake, too, but that cake would open the door to opportunity - and disaster - for sweet-toothed, bargain-savvy Annabelle Pleasanton. In fact, between a promotion at work, her best friend's engagement, and her discovery of handsome photographer Isaac Matthews, that little cake has managed to turn Annabelle's world upside down ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Cedar Fort
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Dec 22, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Almost five years later, I reread this book -- and I stand by my original review! This is a fun read, perfect for indulging in on a lazy afternoon.


I got an e-mail from an old friend awhile ago — we’d been in the same ward just before I left BYU, and she was mass-emailing everyone from our Relief Society to let tell them about this book. It was recently published and in stores all across Utah (as it’s in the LDS fiction genre — “chick lit,” I guess) — and, conveniently for those of us not alon
Jul 28, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
This is hands down THE funniest book I have ever read. I found my self laughing out lout so many times my husband finally asked me to go in the other room. I had tears in my eyes. This gem is full of humor and funny scenes that will brighten up your outlook on life. I picked it up at our local thrift store browsing titles and it will make it to the top ten ever read list. The first pages drew me in because they are set in the San Joaquin Valley where I graduated from High School. The rest takes ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Annabelle Pleasanton (sorry, but I'm not digging her name) has just been given a writing assignment from her boss. She really has to give this one her all after her previous failure as a writer on Central Coast Living. The only problem is, every time she attempts to make an impression every thing seems to go wrong. The same can be said for her new love interest, Isaac. Every time Annabelle thinks she's making headway with Isaac, her boyfriend-snatching enemy, Rona, shows up to ruin things. On to ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
This was just a cute read. I pretty much fell in love with both Isaac and Annabelle right away. I thought that Annabelle was real. She loved her family, friends and religion. That is pretty much my life and I think there is something extra wonderful about it. I will confess that I am extra hormonal right now but the scene where Annabelle goes to Isaac's house and he is shooting basketball and tells her "good bye," I seriously had tears in my eyes. Again, hormones. Over-all it was just a sweet, f ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-easy-read
First reading in 2009: Hilarious!

Second reading in 2014: I decided that the only thing that would make this book better was if it was edible. I mean actually edible. Cause really, the whole time I was reading it I felt like I was devouring something ridiculously delicious. You know the deliciousness I'm talking about, the kind that makes you feel all giddy inside cause it's so yummy. And it wasn't the adventurous love story (which don't get me wrong was pretty tasty), it was the laugh out loud h
Mar 16, 2010 Jennie rated it did not like it
Many complaints:

It seemed as though every time Annabelle changed clothes, we had to know that she got it on sale somewhere. I don't really care. Sure, mention it once so we know she's a thrifty shopper, if that's important to the story, but all the time and it's just annoying.

For a girl who is supposed to be "totally into food" - she sure has little to say about anything other than junk food. We get a one line description of a Krispy Kreme donut, but when she has an amazing dinner in a Portugues
Katie W
This was a very cute romantic comedy. Annabelle (the main character) was very likable and got herself into some crazy situations. Some of the things that came out of her mouth made me cringe with embarrassment--for her, of course. I really felt a connection with her. Was it an amazingly well-written book? No. Was it an amazing, life-altering story? No. It was a light, hilarious, easy read and I loved every minute of the story--didn't want it to end.
Feb 22, 2008 LeMira rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a fast, fun read. I literally laughed out loud on some parts. I love how Elodia focuses on Annabelle's personality and relationship with Isaac rather than on the gospel aspect. The LDS overtones are very subdued. I much prefer that than the LDS fiction books where the issue focuses on dramatic life-altering, gospel-related decisions; and I have to decide if I agree with the protagonist's decisions.
Debbie Barr
Apr 01, 2008 Debbie Barr rated it it was amazing
This book was so cute! I've never been a fan of LDS romantic comedies, since they tend to be a little, well, bland. However, The Icing on The Cake did not disappoint! It was a sweet and funny story, filled with suspense, adorable moments, and plenty of humor. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a fun, light read with a good message.
Apr 17, 2014 Patricia rated it liked it
I really have difficulty reading and enjoying a story where the protagonist is ...
well ... stupid or goofy or frequently klutzy or not smart or "aw shucks." Had I not purchased this book, I would have stopped reading this early on. However, my "investment" kept me persevering. There were several times even then that I debated about giving it up. I guess I am glad I did not give it up because the last part of the book kind of redeemed it somewhat and I mean the very last pages as the whole story
The Sweet Bookshelf
Dec 27, 2012 The Sweet Bookshelf rated it really liked it
Now I want cake. I can't stop thinking about cake and buttercream frosting. This was a really fun book you guys. Super cute and sweet. It had all the makings of a great love story without being cheesy. You are actually being told the story by the main character. I liked this. It felt like we had a connection. She was telling me what I wanted to know.

Annabelle feels like me. Or every girl out there. A bit disheveled and just trying to make her mark on the world. I like her. A lot. She's fun and c
Apr 16, 2010 AnnaMay rated it liked it
What a witty, fun read! The main character's voice and personality reminded me so much of a few of my mission companions/roommates. It took me right back to those good old days, single, 21-ish, singles wards, etc.

It was funny to read this book and contrast it with all of the 'marriage and dating' articles in the April 2010 Ensign magazine. I can see how some YSAs develop an unrealistic idea of how they'll know the person they're dating is or isn't "the one." This book didn't contribute much to
Oct 28, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: Beth
I liked this a lot more the second time around. I may actually buy it. :0) And I look forward to the time when I can turn on PBS to distract ALL of my children so I can read...
295 pages; 2010 total: 15580

I love 'love'. I really do. This was a cute book with a cute little love story. The style of writing was a little different- more like the character is actually talking to you and telling you the story (saying things like "so, dear reader" and such) and that threw me off a little. The characters
Dec 07, 2014 Brianne rated it it was ok
I thought the characters were likable, but it was incredibly annoying to hear about the wonderful sale prices for the clothes every single time she changed. Also, I was very confused with what being LDS had to do with anything... The book didn't really address the topic of faith, it simply mentioned a few times that they were both the same religion.

Wouldn't read anything else by the author or recommend this one to a friend
Katrina Knittle
Jul 14, 2014 Katrina Knittle rated it liked it
This was a very funny and cute read. There were so many scenes that just made me giggle. The way the author wrote definitely set this book up for being a beautiful scene. The characters were all interesting and unique. The storyline was fast moving and held my attention from the beginning to the very end. A good clean fun read.
Jun 08, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
Cute romantic comedy. I thought the embarrassing moments between Annabelle and Isaac were pretty funny. It made me laugh out loud a few times. I did not like Rona at first, but figured there was more going on with her than what Annabelle thought, and she redeems herself in the end. Fun story to read in a few hours.
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I've seen this book around for awhile now and finally had the opportunity to pick up a copy while I was home visiting family over the weekend. I ended up really enjoying the story and characters. I liked Annabelle; she is easy to relate to, funny, and a really good person. Annabelle ends up in a few embarrassing situations, but she handles them well. I liked our leading man Isaac, and was rooting for him throughout the story. There were a few misunderstandings along the way, and I thought the a ...more
Paula Bothwell
Oct 11, 2015 Paula Bothwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
G - suitable for anyone, most likely demographic is 20 and up. There is a definite LDS slant, but not overwhelmingly so. Very, very funny (situational comedy) and super cute.
Book one of two, but ends just fine. I will read the next book, but that's because I really like the cute heroine.
Mandi Ellsworth
The cover of this book is really well done. Isn't it cute? I have to admit, that I picked it up because of the cover. Judging again.

I was happily surprised by the quality of this book. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love to be wrong like that. There were some truly funny moments, and the narrator is entertaining.

In order to get a writing assignment for the magazine she works for, Annabelle buys a special cake for her boss. It works! She gets the ass
Mar 01, 2016 Tracy rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. A clumsy girl who gets into all sorts of embarrassing situations meets the boy of her dreams. Of course, they go through many misunderstandings, but eventually they realize that being yourself with someone else is the best way you can be.
May 30, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
A fun read, especially if you enjoy relationship drama. The characters are lovable and well developed. Annabelle reminds me of one of my best friends and I can't help but think of her whenever I read it.
Apr 17, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A very quick, cute and wholesome story about how one decision can bring a whole lot more into your life. Annabelle is quite the clumsy and quirky character but is true to herself. Even though the plot was predictable, I never knew what mistake she'd make next.
May 28, 2010 Nikita rated it it was amazing
This book was so much deeper than I expected. It was one that has already made me think a lot. I loved that it was an LDS book that was open to things like getting married in the temple, church services, and standards. It went along the lines that I think and act on. It was hilarious, yet insightful. I have reviewed my life by means of morals, family relations, friendships, my religion (in so many aspects), purpose, and the small things in life--I want to have little pink notes! Noticing the dif ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. It had a good plot. But I just couldn't get into it. The style of writing didn't pull me in like others have.
Oct 01, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
i loved this book. It was refreshing to see the character annabelle go through her days in trying to find her knight in shining armor. And like life the best things come when you least expect them. Annabelle is real in a character that gets jelous just like any girl would after having a date snatching experience. Isaac is also real in his barrior of mistrust he has after having a fiance break off their engagement 3 weeks before the wedding and say she has been seeing her ex for 2 months. ouch! I ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Tausha rated it really liked it
4.5 I'm not sure why I hadn't marked this as read....this was actually my second time through this book and I enjoyed it just as much the second time. :) Poor Annabelle...I'm not sure how many more embarrassing moments one girl can handle. She had one disaster after another but I LOVED her attitude about it all. I found myself shaking my head and laughing when she got herself in yet another crazy situation! Isaac was the best! I loved how he looked past the craziness and saw Annabelle for who sh ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Zarina rated it liked it
On the one hand this was a cute chick-lit with a likeable character getting into all sorts of comical situations, on the other the writing and the situations the main character got in are very YA and didn't quite suit 24 year old Annabelle which made the novel feel slightly off.

Only about midway through did I realise this is a LDS chick-lit which I suppose explains the fact that it's written very clean and young (and certainly explains the mentions of "temple", "singles ward", etc. which up unt
Brittany Lentz
Feb 16, 2012 Brittany Lentz rated it really liked it
I loved that the author has a similar thought process as me. From needing to give something to DI, to what a great deal she got on a pair of pants she put on, to the kind of guy she wanted to marry. It is an LDS fiction book, and it is a nice change from some of the other books I have read lately. It's in a similar (LDS-version) voice as Becky Bloomwood (Confessions of a Shopaholic). Definitely has some cringe worthy moments, and I laughed out loud a lot. Definitely worth a read--friends near me ...more
Feb 18, 2009 Tanis rated it really liked it
Here's what I really liked about the book:
The plot was really fun and very creative. I also loved the humor. This book made me laugh out loud several times.
Here's what I didn't like about the book:
The guy was a total jerk to her almost the entire book and she still moons over him the entire time!! Just because he comes on all romantic and sweet at the end she takes him right back! She should have made him fight harder for her. This guy had it way too easy. GRRRR!
I should stop reading romance nov
Apr 10, 2016 Marla rated it liked it
Quick, fun Spring Break read--good for laughs!
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