In Peppermint Cream Die, Kayla makes a variety of cakes, cookies, and pies, both for friends and for clients. Although I am not much of a baker, I experimented a bit to try to mimic what Kayla does in the book. You can see my attempts below of a crab cake (pun intended), an octopus cake, and a fish. Kayla makes the crab cake for her new boyfriend, restaurateur Jason Banks. The octopus cake is for a children’s birthday party, and the fish is for a gender reveal party. In the book, Kayla makes a pink ombre cake for the gender reveal party because the mom-to-be is having a girl. I tried it in both blue (although it turned out greener than I’d hoped) and pink (which also didn’t turn out all that well). For Kayla, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), baking is her go-to when she’s stressed or overstimulated. I’m also an HSP, but baking makes me a little too stressed. Fortunately for everyone, I don’t bake for a living!

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