Adventures in Bakebook-ing
Hello friends! The past few weeks have been a flurry of adventure in the land of promoting the new book, and I thought it would be fun to share some of the highlights with you, as there have been many! So leading up to the release date, you might recall that some fellow baking bloggers and I hosted The Sweetapolita Bakebook Blog Hop Giveaway--a scavenger hunt of sorts during which these talented bloggers made a recipe from the book and shared it on their own blogs. Sounds silly, but there's something about other people making the recipes from the book and bringing them to life that really hits home. I got teary! Anyway, it was so much fun and you guys were amazing--I loved your enthusiasm! Congratulations again to Domenique J for winning so many fabulous prizes! Here's a list of the blog "hopper" posts, if you'd like to take a peek at their creations and check out some of the recipes from the book. I love how they each put a new spin on each one: I am Baker (Pink Cherry Cake with Fudge Frosting) Sweet Sugar Belle (Watercolor Graffiti Cookies) Cookies & Cups (Confettilicious Cupcakes) Cake Spy (Sweetapolita Dreams) Shauna Sever (Jumbo Frosted Animal Crackers) Coco Cake Land (Jumbo Frosted Animal Crackers) Pizzazzerie (Watercolor Graffiti Cookies) Best Friends For Frosting (Pastel Vanilla Birthday Cake) Bake at 350 (Watercolor Graffiti Cookies) Sprinkle Bakes (Watercolor Graffiti Cake) Skinnytaste (Sprinkle-Dipped Meringues) Thank you to all of these supportive and talented bloggers for sharing in my book release celebration! Before I knew it, it was the morning of the official release (hooray!), April 7th. I started things off with a segment on CTV Canada AM in Toronto, where I chatted about the Doodles & Daydreams Cake and the Watercolor Graffiti Cake from the book. I have to admit I was a bit worried about being on live tv, but once the lights came on I was ready to talk cake! You can watch that clip here: Later that day, I got the chance to pop into a nearby Chapters location, and that was a thrill! There was the book looking all official and stuff: Something about seeing your book in the bookshop makes is so much more "real." I had a moment :) And how great is this "Blog Your Kitchen" table at Chapters? Once all of that excitement was over, I headed back home, but not before stopping at the mall and buying this good luck charm bracelet! A must, right? It shouted my name repeatedly, so I was left with no other option. Once I got home, I spent some time with my very-proud cakelets, and then packed up for my trip to Vancouver, BC. And off I went! The next day I got the opportunity to chat Rainbows & Sprinkles on CTV Morning Live Vancouver! That was a lot of fun--sprinkles bouncing to and fro and colours galore! You can watch that clip here. [caption id="attachment_12168" align="aligncenter" width="581"] image source: @chaptersgranville on Instagram[/caption] I popped into some more book shops and signed dozens of books! In Vancouver, you can find signed copies of my book at Chapters Granville, Chapters Robson, The Gourmet Warehouse, and Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. I’m going to make my way to several shops in Ontario to sign books as well, so Ontario friends, I’ll keep you posted (I will update these lists on the My Book page). Later that afternoon at Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks (check out that window display--now that's what I'm talkin' about! ;), I did a demo for pastry students from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, which was a whole new experience for me. I love the focus and interest they exude--tomorrow's finest pastry chefs! [caption id="attachment_12164" align="aligncenter" width="581"] image source: @readcookeat Instagram[/caption] After my time with the students, I was lucky enough to do a radio interview for CBC North by Northwest Cooking Club–this was really neat! I demonstrated the Best-Ever-Buttermilk Cake and Chocolate Cloud Frosting from the book, and we talked about everything from kids to cake flour. You can listen to that broadcast here: I also had the opportunity to visit Global News Noon Hour and celebrate the Pastel Vanilla Birthday Cake! You can watch that segment here: That night I attended a lovely reception at my Canadian publisher’s Vancouver office, Appetite by Random House. I had a great time chatting and mingling with local food bloggers Food Bloggers of Canada. As I told them that night, in 4 years of blogging I have so far only met 2 other bloggers in “real life”–seems kind of silly, doesn’t it? But alas, now I have met 10! [caption id="attachment_12182" align="aligncenter" width="581"] image source: @nancy_gottagetbaked Instagram[/caption] It was a super fun, relaxed evening and they were awesome. They let me decorate a cake and ramble about sprinkles and whatnot, and they were all genuinely lovely people. I also want to say thank you so much for all of your incredibly supportive and enthusiastic emails, instagrams (remember to tag #sweetapolitabakebook so I can see them all!), facebook comments, amazon reviews and more–you guys are amazing! It means so much! And before I go, I'll leave you with the rest of the incredible collection of painting Jessie Moore of Cake Spy created (again, you must check out her post, Sweetapolita Dreams). I literally shed a tear with glee when I first saw these: I dare you to not be happy for the rest of the day after seeing those! And remember, if you'd like to see any more book updates in terms of events, where to find signed copies, etc. please check back to the My Book page regularly. Be back soon with more cake!
- Rosie Alyea