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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.