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The Icing on the Cupcake

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  963 ratings  ·  201 reviews
In this delectable novel—complete with recipes—Jennifer Ross frosts a sweet story of a young woman fulfilling her dreams, one delicious cupcake at a time.

In Ansley Waller’s world of Southern belles and gentlemen, getting a diamond ring isn’t just important—it’s the ultimate goal. So when her fiancé, Parish, unceremoniously kicks her to the curb and cancels their upcoming w
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published March 25th 2010)
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Ansley Waller is a Texas girl born and bred. Though she received her college degree, the only thing she wants is to be a wife and mother. She believes that certain people are entitled to the best and in her eyes; she is one of the entitled. Things have always gone her way. She had dated Parrish for two years and they have been engaged for two months, but they are not getting married for another year. Since the age of ten, she has been a spoiled brat; being nice to people to their face and then t ...more
Paige Whittier
So this one of my favorites at this moment! It made me think about how has I grow up the dreams I have my come true or they may not. But, now after reading this I come to realize when you dream the dreams seem so perfect and reality they are nothing but! So all you can do is stay true to your self?
Margret Anne Hutaff
Perfect pick-me-up for the heartbroken and disheartened Southern Belle. Divulges charming cupcake recipes and baking secrets.
Just like the title sounds, this book was a literary cupcake: sweet, fun, in some ways well-crafted. I couldn't put the book down, breezing through it in 3 days. I loved the story of a young Texas woman working through heartbreak, starting a new life while getting to know her estranged grandmother in New York City. My one complaint was that the last few chapters move along a little too fast -- maybe simplifying complex story lines a tad too much even for fluffy chick-lit. (Thus the four stars, a ...more
Dee Philo
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Really liked this book. It was an easy read, and the characters were likeable and well developed. Really enjoyed the cupcake recipes included, especially since I am a huge cupcake fan!
Manda A
VERY cute book with recipes to boot!
No one likes to be dumped.

Especially by your fiancée.

But Ansley Waller finds herself dumped, discarded and almost immediately replaced by her fiancée with her sorority sister. What is a girl to do other than pack up for New York City to reconnect with a grandmother she’s never met, start a “cupcakery” on the Upper East Side and try to mend her broken heart.

I’m not a prolific “chick lit” reader – but Jennifer Ross’s The Icing on the Cupcake was a reasonable representation of the genre.

Ansley sho
Jessica Fuller
I really liked this book. It had good humor and also included actual cupcake recipes throughout the book. Makes you want to cheer on the young lady in the book!
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to trying some of the cupcake recipes!
I was intrigued by the cover of this book when I saw first saw it. So I picked it up, hoping I'd like the story as much as I like the cupcakes on the cover.

This novel has a premise that's been seen before in other books of the chick lit genre: a young woman thinks she has it all, then loses the man she loves, and must figure out how to rebuild her life and start anew. Ansley Waller is a Dallas debutante who's graduating from college and marrying the perfect guy. But when he abruptly dumps her, s
I tend to read a lot of Fantasy and Urban Fantasy books. The more paranormal it has in it, the better. There are times, however, when I really just want something down to earth that brings with it a sense of hope and happiness. THE ICING ON THE CUPCAKE: A NOVEL by Jennifer Ross is exactly that kind of book.

Ansley is the kind of character that you just can't help but fall in love with. Her mission has been to get married and just when it looks like everything is going to fall into place, her drea
To a certain extent, this novel is quite enchanting. There are, however, several main plots that I disagree to wholeheartedly.

Towards the end of the novel, our main character Ansley Waller got hit by a car by Patty, her jealous sorority sister back from Dallas. Ansley went airborne from the impact and suffered a broken wrist, concussion, and an array of bruises. Instead of reporting it to the authority, she refrained herself and played the cat-and-mouse game with Patty in hope of upping her pop
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Recipes Included!

I love reading books about food, particularly books about baked goods. And when a fictitious book about food also contains recipes I’m pleased as punch to add it to be to-be-read list.

The Icing on the Cupcake is a tale of family, friends, heartache, mistakes, revenge, love, humor, and cupcakes. Each chapter ends with a different and intriguing cupcake recipe that really sends your appetite into overdrive.

With lovable and loathsome characte
I'm going to have to disagree with you and Ansley. I don't like cupcakes. I don't like cake at all. *ducking incredulous looks* (Yeah, I know "and you call yourself a foodie," etc. etc. etc.)

However, even I want to try some of these cupcakes! (The Margarita, Hold the Salt one sounds divine!) There are two kinds of food-lit, the kind where food is pervasive in the stories like books from Sarah Addison Allen and Erica Bauermeister, and the kind that weaves recipes into the story, like this book fr
Cupcakes obviously play a prominent in this book. The storyline isn't astounding, but it is definitely unique and easy to read. Highlight of this book is the amazing cupcake descriptions, as the main character loves to bake cupcakes. Each chapter ends with a delectable cupcake recipe for the reader. I wasn't planning on baking any at first but the descriptions within the text were so alluring I couldn't help myself. I made the "Pining for the Forbidden Pineapple Cupcakes". They were absolutely d ...more
This is stupid book. It isn't well written and is very sterotypical. It claims southern girls only want to get married and New York girls want a career. Being a southern girl I find this offensive. I and all of my friends married or not have careers. Life isn't over if you don't get married right out of school. Also the author wrote that Baylor has sorority houses. It does not. She needs to check her facts better next time.

I will say that I liked this book better as I read. My glad the author di
Cute story about how a woman gets over a painful breakup by moving to a new city and starting her own bakery. I honestly did not like the main character at first--she's a jerk to put it lightly--but she improves and the plot and other characters are interesting. She bakes a lot throughout the book, giving some tips along the way. There are also cupcake recipes at the end of every chapter. It's a great book for anyone who loves to bake, even those who haven't in a while. It's prompted me to jump ...more
Vanessa Urbina
In the Icing on the cupcake Ross creates the image of the perfect southern belle with the perfect southern life. Until she breaks off the engagement with her picture perfect fiancé. She then moves to the New York to start over. This book was ok. They did talk about some mature issues that at this age I did not find interesting. Though the cover was very appealing to someone my age they went into some adult type issues. This book was quite boring and had no point. Even though the main character h ...more
Very quick read. I read it in an evening. Heartwarming story of the town bitch being torn down and then she rebuilds herself.
This book is the perfect example of how a ludicrous plot twist at the end of the book can ruin a perfectly good book. The ex best friend turned pyscho who recruits her cousin to get close to the lead character and then the ex best friend attempts to murder the lead character and gets away with it b/c everyone feels sorry for her. Come on! It was stupid and it insulted my intelligence. It was such a cute little book until the end, which really pissed me off. The only thing that saved this book fr ...more
It's a fun romance novel with lots of fun cupcake recipes I'm gonna try making.
Super cute, with great looking recipes and tips for baking.
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I love stories centered around desserts or a bakery and this was definitely that kind of book. It's not a romance but it was still an enjoyable read. This book follows Ansley Waller as she makes the move from Dallas (her beloved hometown) to New York after a humiliating break up with her fiance and tries to find a new path for her life to take.

Ever since Ansley was a little girl, all she's ever aspired to be was a wife and mother. She grew up with the rich crowds and she was debutante and being
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I love cupcakes and have always had this dream in my head about opening a bakery some day, that was why I was so excited when this book came out! Jennifer Ross does a magnificent job of capturing the blood, sweat and tears that go along with entrepreneurship - it is A LOT of work!

Aside from that, the plot is very well thought-out and the book is so readable that I devoured it over the weekend. I could barely put it down, actually, and if I had time, I would have read it straight through for an
Our biggest mistakes are our best opportunities to grow and mature; they are the doorways to a better future. Ansley Waller and her grandmother Vivian begin to understand that truth when they are both faced with the biggest challenges of their lives. Ansley, a spoiled sorority girl with a mean streak, is humiliated in front of her entire elite Dallas social circle when her fiance announces that he doesn't love her and never wants to see her again. Bereft and unable to face her friends, Ansley de ...more
Lydia Laceby
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Although I had reservations when I started this book with not being sure about the character, I was pleasantly surprised with this chick lit novel as the story unfolded. This was a great single girl tale that was easy to read and full of delicious sounding cupcake recipes that were spread throughout the book after each section.

Ansley’s transformation was interesting, especially as I didn’t find her character likeable at first and this lead to a few times where
This book has such a lovely cover, so it makes me sad to have to write this review, but this book. Ugh.

It had a lot of promise. I liked the characters and I LOVED that the book was supposed to revolve around cupcakes. If I didn't live at such a high altitude I would probably want to bake them all because they sound yummy.

I learned things about baking that I, as a non-baker, didn't know. Definitely appreciated that.

This book started out promising. I could buy the idea of a woman needing to get
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