The pages of my copy of "The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook: More than 80 Recipes for Irresistible, Old-Fashioned Treats" are tattered and gunked up with spilled frosting and batter, and when I close it there's always a puff of flour that's been wedged between the pages for who knows how long. But that's the way cookbooks are supposed to be- well-loved and worn in and covered in smatterings of all the delicious things you've cooked out of them.
I love everything I've ever baked out of this cookbook, but one of my all time favorites is their red velvet cupcakes. I frost mine with the cream cheese frosting listed in the frosting section- I love the not too sweet tang of the cream cheese against the deep chocolaty richness of the red velvet cake. Pair one of these with a big glass of cold milk, and I swear you can win over just about anybody.