Cook book review: A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!

22 Sep

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake by Lily Vanilli   

Fall is now upon us and aside from Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks we have another celebration to be thinking about: Halloween! The celebration where our little ones have fun dressing up and going out trick-or-treating while the older kids and some adults have our Halloween party get together to celebrate the occasion.   

I have had the opportunity to review a great Halloween themed cupcake cook book called “A Zombie Ate My Cupcake” by Lily Vanilli. The book contains 25 deliciously weird cupcake recipes that will shock your party guests, from Zombie fingers and Bleeding hearts to Mutant Ears and rotten ragworm. It’ll have ideas flowing and people talking at your Halloween party this year! Although I haven’t had the chance to make any as of yet after reviewing and reading the book, the cupcakes look incredibly grotesque but unique and creative!  I can’t wait to try some out myself!   

What I like about this particular cook book is that it has some great ideas for Halloween themed party or bake sale treats and has been released right in time for Halloween 2010. They are so realistic looking, I hope when I make some they look just as good! My daughter thought that the gruesome sweets were just great as she leafed through the book. 
The only thing I can see wrong is some of the recipes seem a bit difficult for those lacking culinary skills and know how when it comes to ingredients. It’s a great book for someone with baking experience and can be fun to include the kids in the making of some really ghoulish delights. Some of the ingredients are head-scratchers (like luster dust?), but I’m sure they could be substituted for something similar. Either way the cupcakes do look amazing, gross but really incredible creations! These are certainly not your ordinary every day cupcakes! “A Zombie ate my cupcake” is now available online at   

Bleeding Hearts from "A Zombie Ate My Cupcake"


About the author   

Lily Vanilli, aka Lily Jones, is a baker and cake designer. Originally a graphic designer, she began baking as hobby and then started selling her cakes at Swanfield market near brick lane, Her cakes are made by hand in her own kitchen in East London, and are available online at
She is known for her unusual recipes and designs spectacular cakes and other edible treats, such as the marzipan insects she made for an Alexander McQueen film project, or the blood and gore cupcakes created for Maaike Meeking’s show at London Fashion Week. A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! is her first book. Read more about Lily and her cakes at


It’s time for a giveaway! Quite a creepy recipe book, “A Zombie Ate My Cupcake” would make a great addition to any bakers cook book collection! Here is your chance to win one! 
A Motherhood Experience Blog is giving away ONE (1) copy of “A Zombie Ate My Cupcake” by Lilly Vanilli just in time for you to try out some spooktacular recipes for Halloween!   

Contest Rules:  All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me what your favourite Halloween treat is!   

  • Open to CANADIAN residents only (sorry!), one entry per person please. Contest closes Friday, October 1st 2010 when one lucky reader will be chosen at random to receive their own copy of “A Zombie Ate my Cupcake” by Lilly Vanilli!

Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @AMotherhoodBlog     

*This review was brought to you by A Motherhood Experience Blog on behalf of Thomas Allen & Son publishing. Information about the author was given by the publisher.  I received a complimentary copy of “A Zombie ate my cupcake” by Lily Vanilli for review purposes. Giveaway is sponsored by Allen & Son. All opinions and comments in this review are honest and my own. Thank you.*


Posted by on September 22, 2010 in A Motherhood Experience


9 responses to “Cook book review: A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!

  1. foreverhealthyaloe

    September 22, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Great review! Would love to have this cookbook. I love those little candy corn candies.. hard to stop eating them!

  2. thepricklypinecone

    September 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    My favorite halloween treat has to be toffee apples! Yum

  3. ModernMom

    September 26, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Oh my fave Halloween treat has to be the snack size Reese Peanut Butter Cups. After all they are clorie free. Right?

    Great giveaway!

  4. Julia

    September 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    My fave treat. Caramilk mini bars and I like stealing all the little square caramels too. Yumm

  5. Stephanie Cleaver

    September 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    This book looks great! My favourite halloween treat is anything chocolate 🙂

    • AMotherhoodBlog

      October 1, 2010 at 11:59 am

      CONGRATULATIONS STEPHANIE! You won! Check your email 😉

  6. janice pollard

    October 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    My favorite is the old fashion toffee candy. Dont get them now.
    janice_pollard at hotmail dot com

  7. janice pollard

    October 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I follow AMotherhoodBlog on twitter.
    janice_pollard at hotmail dot com


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