Honestly, I don't know what I can add to what other bloggers/fans have said about adorable Heather Baird and her gorgeous blog Sprinkle Bakes. Each post is more creative and visually stunning than the next, she has the cutest darn set of pugs in the universe and now she had to go and write this wonderful book, Sprinkle Bakes, Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist
I got my hot little hands on it at last after more than a few tussles with what must be the stupidest UPS person in the USA. I absolutely devoured it on a train ride up to our house for the long Memorial Day weekend.
After all the anticipation, this book did not disappoint. I absolutely love the structure of the book. A talented painter in her own right, Heather makes comparisons between techniques of art and decorative baking. She lays out many basic recipes (and some amazing fancy ones) and then explains artistic techniques for taking them to the next level.
I was immediately drawn to the cream candies. The recipe exemplifies the book's title and I was inspired by the limitless variations I could create with such a simple, delicious idea. Additions of a bit of color, flavor and/or decorations can change the whole concept each time.
My version had me reaching for a bag of dried lavender sitting in my baking closet patiently waiting it's turn. I added about 1/3 cup of it to the batter and used purple candy melts for the coating. Sugar pearls added a touch of pretty elegance.
The flavor is not something one would use every day but more for a wedding, shower or special occasion but delicious nonetheless.
Thanks to Sterling Publishers, I am giving away a copy of Heather's Book.
To enter to win, please leave a comment below by Thursday June 14th 11pm eastern time and tell me what your favorite thing is to put sprinkles on. I will choose a winner using random.org.