Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide to Baking Bad!

Deceptive Desserts: A Lady's Guide to Baking Bad!

frankenstein cake

Neapolitan Monster Cake

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you love this scary, yet fun filled holiday then you will surely want to read Christine McConnell’s book Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide to Baking Bad! McConnell is an Internet star on Facebook and Instagram who went from being a high school dropout to a secretary to a now Internet famous baking and cooking star.

Her tasty creations get their inspiration from horror actors and writers like Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Craven, and Vincent Price, which shows you the angle she takes in creating her tasty terror filled treats. She is sometimes known as the Queen of Creepy Cookies, and Halloween wouldn’t be complete without her Scream Berries made with real strawberries to a tentacle filled creamy dessert to a cake that looks like a troll to a “terror misu” with ladyfinger cookies made to appear just like actual lady fingers and so much more!

You don’t have to make one of the fancier baked products to get the taste and feel of the fall Halloween scene, why not try the recipe for individual caramel apple pies with red caramel topping reminiscent of delicious and crunchy caramel candy apples some of us remember devouring as a Halloween treat? Or bake the red velvet reptilian cake or some tarantula leg cookies or brownie bugs to tantalize your costumed guests. It’s a great book for planning desserts for your Halloween party and there are tons of beautiful photos to show off each of her spooky creations!

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There are also tons of other delectable treats you can learn to make from simple white cake and buttercream frosting to fancier creations that are still pretty easy for most readers to create with just a bit of patience and imagination. The recipes are arranged seasonally, so if you want Halloween ideas they would be in the Fall section of the book.

Readers will learn how to put some imagination and fantasy into their holiday baking routine with helpful tricks along the way to keep up the encouragement. The book starts off with an introductory chapter featuring very helpful information on general baking tricks of the trade as well as listing a few basic and simple dessert recipes.

It then goes on to the more complicated “creepy” style offerings more in tune with the Halloween season or anytime you want a scary based treat for a party or some sort of celebration from birthdays to weddings. Besides being educational in giving complete step by step directions on how to make each of her spooky cakes, pies, cookies and more, McConnell entertains her readers with fun prose to introduce each recipe. Even if you only buy the book for the photos and prose, it is well worth the buy.

cookie monters

Cookie Monsters

Additionally, McConnell’s skills aren’t only in cooking and baking, she also takes her own photos for her books, as well as makes her own clothing and does home design on a budget as well. All of these tips she imparts to her readers and has fun doing it along the way.

The book itself is full of brightly colored pictures that show you exactly what these tasty treats will look like and you’ll likely want a copy in both the kitchen and the living room coffee table for guests to page through and ooh and ahh about all the recipes. The best thing about the book is that even though a lot of the recipes appear to be for bakers or cooks with more than a basic knowledge of how to get around in the kitchen, she does a great job explaining everything and makes readers truly believe they could be capable of mastering her spooky and spectacular treats. And you will find more than just the baked goods too, as she also includes recipes for “poison” punch as well as fruit salads. All with a flare and flourish that will make you laugh as well as wonder just what goes on in the mind of such a witty and talented woman.

Chocolate Squid Gelatin

Chocolate Squid Gelatin

So if you are looking for the best book for putting together Halloween treats that are both festive and spooky as well as delicious and fun, then run, don’t walk to the nearest bookstore or your computer or phone to order a copy of Christine McConnell’s book Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide to Baking Bad!

Be sure to check out Christine's Facebook page – she has incredible imagination and talent!

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