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November 10, 2011 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne had dream jobs. Katherine worked for the coveted fashion label Gucci, and Sophie, a Princeton graduate, worked in a successful financial firm. But in 2008, they decided to leave those jobs behind and open a small cupcake bakery in Washington, D.C. They only expected to sell 100 cupcakes a day; little did they know, they would sell up to 10,000 per day.
Three years later, the sisters have a hit TV show on TLC, DC Cupcakes, two more locations in Bethesda, Md., and SoHo, N.Y., and stellar reviews that hail them as better bakers than the renowned Magnolia Bakery in New York. Their show encompasses their personal lives and most challenging and detailed projects, such as a wedding gown made of cupcakes.
In The Cupcake Diaries, the sisters share some of their most successful baking recipes, including their bestselling red velvet cupcake and their grandmother’s Greek Easter bread. The book contains not only delectable recipes from the experts, but also lessons learned in baking and in life.
Release Date: Nov. 8
The book is a must-read for cupcake lovers and bakers, professional or not. The sisters attribute their success to family, luck and determination. But mouthwatering cupcakes praised by the likes of Oprah and Martha Stewart probably have something to do with it, too.