Wednesday, June 3, 2009

party preparations

You know when a girl buys her baking cups in bulk that there is some serious cupcake baking in the works. And I mean serious! It's almost time for my book launch and these cupcakes are my most promising bait to lure you to come. Remember if you get the cupcake with the coin, you'll win your name or likeness in my upcoming book!

So, I have been prepping and prepping. The bookstore asked that I keep refreshments to a minimum and not messy (which is why the cupcakes will be boxed in the goodie bags), so it took me a while to figure out to have as small treats to modestly serve. I felt like I had to offer SOMETHING (do you think that is an Asian thing or just because I have the worst sweet tooth in the world?); so I got a recipe for Sugee cookies from one my favorite blogs (though I always feel like I've gained a pound every time I click on it). They seemed perfect: Asian-esque, small, unfrosted...but surprisingly tricky. This is what her cookies look like:

It took a couple of batches before mine looked like:

Not as pretty, but still pretty yummy! If you come this Sat. you can try them yourself!


yamster said...

I desperately wish I could be there!!! Eat a few extra for me! :)

egirlsmama said...

These look wonderful. I wish we were close enough to come to your book launch. At risk of sounding like a gushing fan... My girls LOVE your books and we never get tired of reading them. Can't wait to get this new one. I'm so glad you ilustrated it. It makes it really unique.

Grace Lin said...

thanks, ladies!

egirlsmama-- So glad your girls enjoy my books, I really hope you enjoy this new one. Stay tuned for the virtual launch; there will be another chance to win your name/likeness in an upcoming book! Thanks for stopping by!

Irene said...

Grace, my daughter and I just came back from your book launch, and I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had! My daughter really loved meeting you. Your goodie bags were really fantastic, it's clear you put a lot of time and energy into making them. Thank you so much!! Congratulations on your book's (pre)-release!