Cook Book Review: Pure Pleasures Cupcake Heaven By Natalia KW

November 28th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Reviews

You know what’s better than the best? When I get to write glowing reviews, for products that I absolutely adore, by people who are seriously amazing. Triple times the awesome!

But here’s the hard part: how can I truly convey the amazingness of this book? Because if you’re like me, maybe you’re used to “healthy” deserts and maybe you’re familiar with raw foods, and maybe you know that things can taste totally wonderful and fantastic in their own right, but maybe not *actually* like the thing they’re supposed to be modeled after. Do you know what I mean? Maybe?

Like, a raw burger is great and a raw taco is delicious, but . . . you’re not fooling anyone, really. Y know?

Except, then there are these cupcakes. THESE CUPCAKES! And I know you’re like, “But really, cupcakes? No way, of all the things that wouldn’t work raw, there’s just no way . . . ” And friends, I know. Except, YES!

Miniature lemon cupcakes with raspberry jam and lemon cream frosting.

Let me tell you about my friend Katie. She’s a foodie just like me, and we often share our treats and test recipes with one another. A few weeks back she came over for a walk, and as she left I gave her a couple of raw lemon poppyseed cupcakes I’d whipped up.

A few hours later I got a text: “OMG Those cupcakes are amazing!” The next day, she ordered the book, and the next time I saw her she brought some mini cupcakes of her own (pictured above). She’s made multiple recipes from the book and everybody she gives them to just can’t believe that they’re raw. They ALWAYS get rave reviews.

And of course, I’ve had just the same experience.

Blueberry cupcakes with cinnamon crumble, a huge hit at a toddler b-day party.

Guys, this book is seriously fantastic. It’s colorful and adorable and obviously crafted with love. It boasts 25 fun and creative cupcake recipes – everything from the classic chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate frosting, to the exotic vanilla orange cupcakes with goji cream frosting. No dehydrator required! Everything I’ve tried has been spot on. And of course, it’s all gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!

Natalia is a great writer and is nice enough to include a thorough introduction, with kitchen tips and a shopping list. Every single recipe includes a gorgeous photo, and if I’m going to be perfectly honest, I’d say the investment is worth it for the food porn alone! But best of all, Natalia is a wonderful woman who is forging her own path, following her own truth, and doing things her own way. She is self published and self funded and incredibly inspiring. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with her on more than one occasion, and I’m always left wishing I could pick her brain just a little bit longer.

In other words, she’s super rad and deserves your support!

Dark chocolate mimi cupcakes with chocolate almond frosting. My favorites!

Cupcake Heaven would make an awesome gift for any aspiring raw foodist or health-conscious chef. You can buy it on Amazon or directly through Natalia’s site (ebook available). I just can’t recommend it enough, and I’m sure you’ll love it too.

Anyone out there tried these recipes? I’d love to hear from you!

  • Lapetitemort

    Wow, those do look exactly like the real deal!!
    ~mouth watering~
    You’re right, I have tried raw recipes before that just didn’t hit the mark.


  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I love love LOVE this book! Natalia is a true cupcake magician. :)

  • Titsmagee

    Dude, now I really want, NO need a cupcake.

  • Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    No. Way. This review could not have come at a better time. I just decided to go high raw, and these look absolutely amazing!

  • jill

    This is just the posting I needed today…I have all these lovely dried fruits and seeds and things from a recent giant food order, I’m feeling in a raw mood, and am also feeling really uninspired. I’ll have to try her blog’s recipes and if they work, I might just have a new cookbook to order!

  • Bitt

    this looks so good! you need to do a giveaway..and give to me. ;-)

  • Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    I’ve always been intrigued by raw cupcakes, but have never had one. Thanks for posting about this book–I will check it out.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Mouth-watering is a good way to put it. Writing this review made me crave some raw cupcakes!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Yay! You guys were right next to each other at VVC, right? Have you made any of the cupcakes yet?

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Right?! =D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh, good luck with high raw! Which hemisphere are you in? Raw can be tough in the winter months. I do well with lots of sprouted grains, like buckwheat and quinoa, and sprouted lentils – those heartier foods. Raw is so fun. Have fun!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh, I haven’t tried her other recipes. I’d love to know what you think!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I know! I’ll see what I can do.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Yay, hope you like it!

  • Sonja

    I bought the e-book a while ago and love the cinnamon swirl cupcakes! Such a pretty book with sooo delicious recipes! Comes highly recommended!

  • Laura Agar Wilson

    Those look amazing! Perhaps Santa may leave me one of her books under the tree, here’s hoping!

  • Fran @BCDC

    Everything looks wonderful, especially the lemon cupcakes. I shouldn’t be reading this…

  • Natalia

    YAY! Thank you soooo much for the review! I am so excited to share these cupcakes with the world. xo!

  • Brielle

    Thank you…Thank you!!! For posting about this.
    I really love cupcakes, but I am trying to as vegan as possible and I don’t eat dairy…and the recipes are gluten free too! Wow. very cool.

  • Laci

    LOVE IT, bought it when it first came out and it is the best! love the carrot goji, PERFECT, and have been eyeing the blueberry crumble and the lemon poppy for a while, you have just reminded me that i NEED to make them soon!

  • Lou

    Wow, I have rushed off to Amazon toot sweet to buy this… thanks so much for the review, I love discovering new recipe books… am really getting into my raw treats at the moment so this will be perfect :)

  • Jerahcoviello

    Natalia’s cupcakes are going to revolutionize the Raw Food movement. They are incredible and so is she.

  • Dk8121

    Natalia is an AMAZINGLY raw chef talent
    Her talent taste is not only in her recipe creations, but also in her photographic talent in capturing THE YUMMM & deliciously NUTRITIOUS goodness!
    LUVV her lemon cake and of course the cacao treasures

  • Lila Cleveland

    I had the pleasure of meeting Natalia when I was in Portland last Sept. She is soooo amazing! I bought her Pure Pleasure book that night, and recently purchased the Cupcake book . I have made and shared several of the cupcakes and each one just gets better. These books are a must for everyone who breathes and likes good healthy food and sweets!!!!

  • felicitates

    Oh gosh, I saw your tweet about this and I was like I WANT THAT RECIPIE! I’m so glad you posted this book! Definitely on my shopping list!

  • Rachel

    Sayward you never disappoint. I will have to go get my own copy because these treats look too good to pass up.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I agree! Thanks so much for the comment!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Well I just couldn’t agree more!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Yay! Love all the love for Natalia! Thanks for sharing. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Let me know what you think!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Well, likewise, I have been eyeing the carrot goji and I think you’ve made my mind up for me. Ha!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    My absolute pleasure, dear. I’m so happy to share your talents with the Bonzai community! Also, looking forward to seeing you (and tasting treats!) this Friday. =D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    But they’re goooood for you! ;-D

  • Natalia

    Can’t wait to see you on Friday :)