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Food for Book Club

Updated on August 2, 2014

How to make Your Book Club Meeting Fun with a Food Theme from the Book!

Book Clubs are a great way to get together with friends and discuss a book. In our book club we enjoy discussing the book for the month, but we also enjoy eating some good snacks and desserts. Many of our meetings include food that fits in with the book.

If you are the hostess for the book club meeting with just a bit of planning you can come up with a great book connected food theme for the evening.

On this page, I will share with you both the book and the desserts that we are having at our August book club. I will also include some ideas for other food themed menus for book clubs.

all photos by mbgphoto

How to Eat a Cupcake - Meg Donahue

Our August book club selection really lended itself to a food theme. The book by Meg Donahue is a wonderful mystery/romance that delves into the relationships of two woman who are starting a cupcakery. It is a lighthearted book that is full of ideas for cupcakes, so what better item to serve for the night than some cupcakes!

We had been reading some rather heavy books the past couple of months so this fun novel was a nice change of pace. I highly recommend the book and the cupcakes!

How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel
How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel

A fun book to read and discuss.

 

Ingredients for Raspberry Cupcakes - semi-homemade

In preparing my menu for the book club, I looked through cupcake ideas online. I have never really made fancy cupcakes before, but I wanted to try some of the delicious sounding filled cupcakes for the meeting. There are so many to choose from and I had so much fun coming up with ideas that I'm sure this will not be my last adventure in cupcakery!

We have 12 women in our book club so for the meeting I decided to make two different kinds of cupcakes. After much deliberation, I settled on a Raspberry Creme Cheese filled cupcake and a Lemon Filled cupcake.

A lot of my cooking includes a semi-homemade style. Which means that I start with a boxed mix and alter it to add my own flavors and styles. I get my ideas from looking at various recipes off the internet and changing them to fit my needs. In this recipe I start with a boxed cake mix. In addition to the ingredients shown above I added 3 oz. of cream cheese for the cupcakes. I then used a can of cream cheese frosting and some fresh raspberries for the tops.

I got the idea for this cupcake from a recipe I found online from Betty Crocker for Strawberry-Cream Cheese cupcakes. It is pretty much the same except that I used raspberries and raspberry jam.

The raspberry-cream cheese filling gives you a special treat when you bite into the cupcakes.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 22

Ingredients

  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup oil ( I used Canola oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 oz cream cheese cut into 22 pieces
  • 1 container Cream Cheese frosting
  • 22 Fresh Raspberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Raspberry Preserves ( I used Smuckers Sugar-Free Raspberry Preserves)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Place paper baking cups in each of 22 regular sized muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl add cake mix, water,sour cream, eggs and oil. Stir with a spoon until well mixed. The mixture will be thick. Divide the mix evenly among the muffin cups. (Note the original recipe called for 24 muffin cups but I found 22 to be the right amount)
  3. Put the preserves in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Place 1 piece of the cream cheese on top of each cupcake and press slightly into the batter. Place 1/4 teaspoon of preserves on top of the cream cheese in the cupcakes.
  4. Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until they are lightly browned and your finger springs back when touching the top. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove to a rack until they are completely cool.
  5. Spread frosting on the cupcakes and top each cupcake with a fresh raspberry. Store covered in your refrigerator.
Cast your vote for Raspberry-Cream Cheese Filled Cupcakes

Baking Cupcakes

Baking your own cupcakes is easy and can be a lot of fun. You are only limited by your imagination. Here are some ideas for you.

The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book)
The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book)

Looking through a recipe book is a great way to get ideas.

 
Regency Wraps Greaseproof Baking Cups, Lime Green and White Polka Dots, 40-Count, Standard.
Regency Wraps Greaseproof Baking Cups, Lime Green and White Polka Dots, 40-Count, Standard.

I love these lime green polka dot cupcake liners. Wouldn't they be great with some key lime cupcakes.

 
Sweet Service Cupcake Stand
Sweet Service Cupcake Stand

You will want to display your new creations. This stand would work perfectly.

 

Lemon Filled Cupcakes - filled with lemon curd

Lemon Cupcakes
Lemon Cupcakes

I will also made a second type of cupcake for the book club meeting. I thought two different types of cupcakes would be nice to give everyone a choice or perhaps they'd like one of each. For my second type I tried a lemon filled cupcake.

I used a lemon cake mix and baked the cupcakes according to box directions After the cupcakes cooled, I used the handle of a wooden spoon to make a hole in cupcake and fill it with lemon curd. I icedthe cupcakes with some white icing with a bit of lemon extract added and topped the cupcakes with some yellow decorating icing and a bit of lemon zest.

Book Club Food Themes - match food to book

Here are some of the ideas I have come up with for food themes for book club. I would love your suggestions for other themes. If you have any ideas please list them in the guestbook below.

  1. If you have a book that talks about a characters favorite food then you could make that food for the meeting.
  2. If the book is set in a foreign country, research food for that country and make a snack or dessert that would be popular in the country.
  3. If your book is a holiday type book then make food for that holiday. For example, Christmas cookies for a Christmas book, Halloween themed food for a spooky book.
  4. If there is a business involving food such as the cupcakery then you have an easy choice. Just make cupcakes!

Do you have a favorite book club menu or cupcake recipe to share? - I'd love to hear from you

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    • MJsConsignments profile image

      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Oh, I can just see it now...frosting all over the books... :-)

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I make blondies for my bookclub with lots of chocolate chips.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      How about some banana flavor cupcake, what you can do is just blend the banana into the cake mix.

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      wow, food and books! great themes for a book club, thanks :)

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Those raspberry cream cheese filled cupcakes look 'to die for'. I love anything filled with cream cheese. Will have to try these, thanks.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I have used recipes from Diane Mott Davidson's books. Light mysteries that have lots of good recipes. My favorite recipe is for Orange Mogul Muffins.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What a fun idea and the recipes sound delicious! :)

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      yum... I love books about food, do they have cookbook clubs?

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the idea of matching the food to the book that the book club is discussing. For my mother's book, I made a book club guide and included some suggestions for 1930s foods since the book is a memoir from that era.

      Recently I prepared the food for Bitsy's Bait and BBQ book club discussion. I had some gummy worms as a snack for the meeting.