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Food for Book Club
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!
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
- 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)
- Heat oven to 350 F. Place paper baking cups in each of 22 regular sized muffin cups.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Spread frosting on the cupcakes and top each cupcake with a fresh raspberry. Store covered in your refrigerator.
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.
Looking through a recipe book is a great way to get ideas.
I love these lime green polka dot cupcake liners. Wouldn't they be great with some key lime cupcakes.
You will want to display your new creations. This stand would work perfectly.
Lemon Filled Cupcakes - filled with lemon curd
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.
- If you have a book that talks about a characters favorite food then you could make that food for the meeting.
- 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.
- 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.
- If there is a business involving food such as the cupcakery then you have an easy choice. Just make cupcakes!