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You may remember back on Pi(e) Day my review of an amazing pie cookbook called Pie it Forward written by Gesine Bullock-Prado, and my somewhat borderline obsession with this talented creator of yummy treats.  Again, if you didn’t already, make sure you check out her blog.  I know you’ll love her as much as I do.

Ms. Bulluck-Prado has a NEW book out called Bake it Like You Mean It.  Unlike my foray in pie, I have some experience in baking.  So I was super, super excited to try out some recipes.  For me, the value of a cookbook is in the pudding, or in this case, in the cake.  If I can make the recipe, and it’s awesome, practically anyone can.

As I have mentioned before, my youngest daughter has a serious dairy allergy which can make baking challenging.  So I was SUPER excited to find that one of the first recipes in the book was dairy free, so we could make it together.


Doesn’t the title of the recipe make you want to make it?  It did me too.  My daughter was equally excited…I learned from my last experience baking with Ms. Bullock-Prado to be prepared, read the whole recipe first, and FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.  Seriously, ya’ll, if there is a baking heaven, this lady is at least an arch-angel.  When she suggests something, DO IT.  Your cake/pie/tart, etc. will be better because of it.



So we were all ready to go.  Bake it Like You Mean It is, obviously, a book about baking, but it is really a book about baking beautifully.  It is about taking the extra steps to make your perfected creations look beautiful.  Which can mean only one thing.

I had to get out the icing bag.

I am not the best with the icing bag.  But I was determined to give it a shot.  My daughter was super impressed by the icing bag and gave it a shot herself.  The sound of “oooo, pretty!” was definitely worth the effort it took.  Here are the tops of our Big Fat Creamsicle Meringues before being baked..




Pretty good, huh?  The great thing about Bake it Like You Mean It is that there are SO many pictures and explicit instructions to get you through the recipe, which is great for beginning bakers like me.

So here’s the finished product:


Yeah, you want one, don’t you?  They are SO GOOD!  They are crumbly and light and sweet and rich all at the same time.  My daughter went over the moon for them.  I might be ashamed to say that we did, in fact, have these for dinner.

If you have to have one of these, or one of the other stunningly beautiful creations in Bake It Like You Mean It, I HIGHLY recommend that you buy this book to add to your cookbook collection.


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Melanie has been awesome since she was born, so she's quite the expert on the subject. Never mind that everyone else has been doing the same thing. All that matters is that she is an expert. Melanie knows awesome.

3 Thoughts on “Bake it Like You Mean It {Book Review}

  1. jamie braun on May 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm said:

    this is super awesome for me, as my step daughter also has a dairy allergy,along with a nut allergy. im ALWAYS looking for things to bake for her

  2. shelly peterson on May 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm said:

    This would be nice to have. I like things with pics and good instructions :)

  3. Sue Hull on November 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm said:

    Oh my goodness! Look at all that yummyness! I’m going to have to get this book for my sister and nieces so they can bake this for me. LOL! My sister likes to bake and I can’t bake to good anymore due to not being able to stand up for long. Thank you for sharing :)

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