Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith || Mint Chocolate Cupcakes
I was lucky enough to be apart of Penguin Teen’s blog tour for Windfall, so I decided to create a Food and Fiction post centered around the book. While the book does not feature any specific food that I could have recreated, its vibrant cover struck an idea into me. Why not create a chocolate chip mint cupcake which will match the cover perfectly?
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (Synopsis)
Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
I really enjoyed Windfall because I am a big fan of Jennifer E. Smith’s contemporary novels. They don’t focus solely around the romance aspect of the story; instead, they highlight familial issues, internal problems that the main characters face, and a coming of age overarching plot line. Windfall was a quick summery read that I think contemporary lovers will devour the moment they get it.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
I really enjoyed this recipe, but I did change a lot of the details of it to create something of my own.
Instead of filling the cupcakes with a chocolate filling, I skipped over that part of the recipe entirely because I was never the biggest fan of cupcake fillings. While I did try the frosting provided in this original recipe, I was not a fan of the way it was made. So, I found a better recipe for the frosting and decided to combine two recipes together to create my own version of Windfall Cupcakes!