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The Icing on the Cupcake

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,343 ratings  ·  246 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
Paperback, 323 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published March 25th 2010)
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May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Margret Anne Hutaff
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Perfect pick-me-up for the heartbroken and disheartened Southern Belle. Divulges charming cupcake recipes and baking secrets.
Paige Whittier
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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?
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
VERY cute book with recipes to boot!
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to trying some of the cupcake recipes!
Jessica Fuller
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Kara Rutledge
Southern belle Ansley Waller's ultimate goal is to get a diamond ring, but her life is turned upside down when her fiancé calls off their wedding. Embarrassed by her predicament, Ansley leaves Dallas, Texas to live with her recently widowed grandmother Vivian in New York City. Tired of her granddaughter wallowing in misery, Vivian gives Ansley an ultimatum . . . get a job or go home. Ansley decides to open her own bakery, and before long, she's even dating. However, the men in Manhattan are vast ...more
May 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Kimberly Jones
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read it within a week. I don't know why this author hasn't written anymore. ...more
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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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
May 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-lit, favorites
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
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nicola Short
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Light, Fun chick lit about how people can change and grow when life throws them curves. And.....throughout the story there are tons of cupcake recipes.... a winning combination in my opinion. Faced paced, corny story that took my mind off the struggles of life.
I want to go bake some cupcakes 🧁 now!
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very quick read. I read it in an evening. Heartwarming story of the town bitch being torn down and then she rebuilds herself.
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Super cute, with great looking recipes and tips for baking.
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's a fun romance novel with lots of fun cupcake recipes I'm gonna try making. ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
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Lizzy Seitz
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars out of 5

Ok this was cute fluff BUT there was way too much WTF SHIT throughout!! Like getting hit by a car, a stalker, and a betrayal that I wasn’t prepared for and felt weird for a supposed to be lighter novel. But I did guess a few of the plot twists so I wasn’t as surprised by it all.

The only real complaint I had was the author’s descriptions of the female characters feel very male like in that they focus very much so on EVERY FEMALE’S tits and ass and it’s weird because as a femal
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The author does a very good job of showing how Ansley goes from being a complete spoiled brat to becoming an independent and likable woman. It was also interesting to follow along with her grandmother Vivian's story, which I found to be almost as fun as Ansley's. I did have a few small complaints with the story: I felt that everything came WAY too easily to Ansley as she started up her business in New York, and I felt that the ending was just a bit too "happily ever after." ...more
Phyllis Barlow
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
At first, I wasn't sure if I would like this book. The main character was so self-centered and not very likable, but I kept going, and I'm so glad I did. There is a very good story in here, and it shows that people can change in the right circumstances.
Also, I learned a lot about baking. (Never heard of adding potato starch to cake batter.) And the recipes!! I wanted to head right to the kitchen and bake up some of these yummy treats.
If you like books that have a good story and includes recipe
Stephanie Polzin
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was horrible book. It was poorly written, with too many each backs per character.
Each character I the book were horrible people and made you want to despise all of them.
A good book needs to connect their audience with at least one of there characters.
Horrible read, and I had to quit it about 2/3 the way through when it wasn't getting anywhere other than building my anger towards each character.
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