★★★★ 4 Stars
Demographic: Middle Grade
Publication Date: August 30th, 2011
Publisher: First Second
Bake Sale is adorable, how could you dislike it? It’s absurdly charming and colourful like a child’s dream. I think it’s something an adult would actually relate to more, though. The obstructions life throws down get more imposing and colossal as it goes, but it takes the same sort of dedication at any age to chisel through them, whether you’re a breathing food or a human (or both!) And sometimes it really does take just one good friend who understands your dream to help.
Cupcake has a pretty wonderful life – he has his own bakery, churning out top-quality desserts. And yes, he does make miniature edible versions of himself, not that it’s strange.
Even so, Cupcake still clashes with self-doubt and burnout with his skills. His spirits are lifted when his best friend, Eggplant, presents him with an opportunity to meet his hero, the famous chef Marzipan. Cupcake is hit with a flood of inspiration then, his creations better than ever in his determination to meet Marzipan.
Despite all the saccharine in its insides, Bake Sale isn’t actually saccharine, it’s genuine to the point where it’s hard not to smile reading it. I do wonder how Cupcake reasons eating cakes and feeding food to other food, however…
Well, possible cutely-drawn cibocannibalism aside, it’s a precious story for when you’re feeling a bit lost with your work.