Success is Sweet for Utah Woman With Creative Cooking Flair

Success is Sweet for Utah Woman With Creative Cooking Flair

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(Salt Lake City, KSL News) -- When Utah author Stephanie Ashcraft hit the New York Times Best-Seller list last fall, she couldn’t believe it.

Her cookbook, "101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix," became an overnight success. Bookstores could barely meet demand.

Apparently success is sweet for Stephanie, she’s been tapped to whip up a sequel, which is unbelievable to her because of how the idea originated.

With her husband in medical school, Stephanie wanted to come up with a way to give thoughtful but inexpensive Christmas gifts. She’d always experimented with cake mixes, something she learned from her grandmother. So one holiday season, she typed up dozens of recipes, printed them out, stapled them together, and gave them as gifts. With her family’s encouragement she began selling them at a local grocery store.

The concept caught on, and she landed her first publishing deal. Within weeks of the release, "101 Things to Do With A Cake Mix," shot to the top of the New York Times Best-Seller list. Now she’s hoping to do the same when her new book hits the racks later this year.

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