Butch Bakery Cookbook — behind-the-scenes at the shoot

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Note: This drawing is now closed. It’s time again for another behind-the-scenes post, this time for the brand-new The Butch Bakery Cookbook. David Arrick and Janice Kollar are the geniuses behind these concoctions, spiked with booze, punched up with chili powder, and topped with bacon. These ain’t your grandma’s frilly, sprinkled, pink cupcakes. All of the photos are my own snapshots from the shoot, and you’ll have to check out the actual book for the real photos. And, of course, I’m doing a little drawing for a copy of the book, open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada. Just post a comment before the end of Tuesday, November 2.

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

The propping is thanks to Martha Bernabe — that’s her making some careful adjustments. It was my first project working with her, and boy did we have fun. How often do you get to work with props like poker chips, vintage trophies, pennants, flasks, and pool balls on a cookbook photoshoot?

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Jason Wyche was the photographer, and I’ve raved about his work before. He’s so great at shooting small objects like this (actually, as cupcakes go, these are pretty hefty). But remember, these are just teaser snapshots — please do check out the book if you want to see Jason’s stunning photos for yourself.

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Brian Preston-Campbell did the food styling (with co-author Janice Kollar helping out with all the baking). The sheer quantity alone was staggering, but Brian really works magic when it comes to styling desserts, and he never loses his cool.

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

If you needed proof that this was an unusual dessert cookbook shoot, here it is — raw bacon on the same cutting board in the kitchen as the cupcakes. You don’t see that very often.

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

If you want to try out this recipe called Beer Run — a chocolate stout cupcake with vanilla stout buttercream — it’s posted on the Amazon book page.

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

Butch Bakery Cookbook shoot

And here are a few more teaser snapshots from the shoot. Thanks to Jason, Brian, and Martha for doing such great work and producing one of the coolest books I’ve ever worked on. If you’re a cupcake lover, and a creative baker, I’d say this is a book you really want to check out.


20 thoughts on “Butch Bakery Cookbook — behind-the-scenes at the shoot

  1. I have a friend who said if you don’t like bacon you’re not human or alive. I asked him what if you put bacon on a cupcake? He said no one puts bacon on cupcakes! And I said, well what if they did, would you eat them? I received a very puzzled look like I was not human . . . I do believe a copy of your book with those mouth watering pictures would resolve this dilemma for him. 🙂

  2. I think you have one of the greatest jobs in the world! Really! Love the studio shots, setting up for the photo-shoot. The camera is really nice too! If I won Butch bakery Cookbook, my husband would bake more often.

  3. The pictures are turning out absolutely sunning!! The fun in food lies in teasing your senses, these look amazing and Im sure they will smell and most importantly taste like heaven.

  4. This book sounds so great – I love cupcakes of all kinds! Thanks for sharing the behind-the-scenes pics – it’s pretty cool to see how the photos for a cookbook come together!

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