The Cupcake Diaries are a middle grade series published by Simon & Schuster. I write as Coco Simon and author the Emma and Alexis books.
The Cupcake Diaries #31: Emma Catwalks and Cupcakes
Emma loses a modeling assignment—to Katie!—in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series. When Emma goes on an audition for a new modeling job, Katie tags along to keep her company. But as it turns out, everyone wants Katie to model instead of Emma! At first Emma is happy for her friend. Soon though, she realizes sharing the spotlight isn’t much fun, even if it is with your BFF! Will the Cupcake girls continue to bicker amongst themselves or will they finally realize there’s just one person you need to please—yourself?
The Cupcake Diaries #28: Alexis Cupcake Crush
Science whiz Alexis is out to prove that cupcakes are healthy in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series. Alexis thinks she has the perfect project to win the Science Fair—she’s going to prove that cupcakes are good for you! But all thoughts of the school competition go out the window when she spots her crush walking home with another girl. Maybe she should have whipped up a love potion instead! Meanwhile, the girls are challenged to make rock and roll cupcakes for Martine Donay’s sweet sixteen—and she is anything but sweet! Cupcakes with black icing, anyone?
The Cupcake Diaries #27: Emma Raining Cats and Dogs...and Cupcakes!
When Emma’s little brother loses the neighbor’s dog, the girls must work together to track her down in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series. And, when the girls bake cupcakes for a big “Adopt a Pet” fundraiser, Emma’s little brother Jake decides he wants to get a puppy! At first it seems like a really sweet idea, especially when Mia says Jake can walk and groom her two dogs to get used to what needs to be done. But when a neighbor goes on vacation and leaves Jake in charge of his four-legged friend and the dog goes missing, the girls realize perhaps Jake is still too young for a pet. Will the girls find the missing pup before her owner returns?
The Cupcake Diaries #24: Alexis's Cupcake Cupid
He loves me, he loves me not…Alexis leaves a Valentine’s Day surprise for her crush. Does he like her back? Despite objections from her Cupcake Club pals, Alexis makes a special valentine cupcake for her crush, Emma’s older brother Matt, and leaves it for him next to his computer. Alexis is secretly hoping Matt will get the hint and give her a valentine, too. But ever since Alexis left the cupcake, Matt’s been acting really uncomfortable around her. Does Matt want to be her valentine or doesn’t he? With no certain valentine in sight, Alexis ends up leaving a surprise valentine’s gift on Emma’s desk, because, after all, crushes may come and go, but BFFs are forever!
The Cupcake Diaries #23: Emma's Not-So-Sweet Dilemma
Emma loses an important modeling job due to an injury she got while playing with her brothers. How will she pay for the beautiful holiday presents she planned for her family and friends? Emma is playing ball with her brothers on an unusually warm winter afternoon. But an errant toss from her brother Matt hits her right on the nose! Luckily, it’s nothing more serious than a little swelling, but it’s enough to make her lose an important modeling job at The Special Day salon. Mona hires “mean girl” Olivia Allen to fill in. Olivia is thrilled, not only for the job, but also for a chance to spread some nasty rumors about Emma. Worst of all, now Emma can’t afford the beautiful holiday gifts she planned to buy her family and friends. Emma’s Cupcake Club pals remind her that the best gifts come from the heart, and don’t have a price tag.
The Cupcake Diaries #20: Alexis: The Icing on the Cupcake
The Cupcake Club is thrilled to serve their sweets at a huge party—but can Alexis get over her growing pains before she sees her crush? Alexis is excited about the latest Cupcake Club job—it’s a huge order for a neighbor’s BBQ/pool party. Not only will the CC make a lot of money, but Matt—Alexis’s super crush--will be there! But when Alexis goes to the mall with her friends, suddenly nothing fits her. Clothes in her usual size are too short, but when she goes up a size, everything is too big. What’s going on? Can she find an outfit that makes her feel as awesome on the outside as she is on the inside?
The Cupcake Diaries #19: Emma: Lights! Camera! Cupcakes!
Emma has a supersweet, superstar secret—but can she keep it from the Cupcake Club? Hollywood star Romaine Ford is back in town, and she needs cupcakes for her movie premiere...and her wedding! But everything is top-secret. Emma is asked to make the cupcakes, but she can’t tell the rest of the club who they are for! Romaine doesn’t want any paparazzi to ruin her wedding, and she feels the less people who know, the better. Can Emma fulfill this order without spilling the secret to her best friends?
The Cupcake Diaries #16: Alexis & the Missing Ingredient
Alexis thinks the Cupcake Club feels incomplete—until she discovers that friendship comes in many flavors. Alexis feels lonely and left out when Emma goes away on a family trip. Sure, Mia and Katie are her friends too, but without her BFF Emma to round out the group, Alexis feels like a third wheel. Then when Ava comes to visit Mia, Katie is the one who feels like she just lost her best friend. Eventually all the girls realize friends are like cupcakes—you can never have too many!
The Cupcake Diaries #15 Emma Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice
Emma puts her big sister skills—and her bravery—to the test when her brother has to stay in the hospital. Emma’s younger brother Jake has been getting sore throats for quite a while. When her parents take him to the doctor, their suspicions are confirmed: Jake needs to get his tonsils out. The Cupcake Club rallies around Jake, and even bakes him a special batch of cupcakes to make him feel better. Emma feels bad for him, but wants to stay as far away from hospitals as possible—she’s a bit squeamish and gets woozy at the sight of blood. But Jake throws a fit the day of his operation and says he only wants “Emmy” to stay with him. Emma’s mom tells her she doesn’t have to stay, but Emma realizes Jake isn’t faking; he’s really scared. Can Emma get over her own fears in order to help her little brother?
The Cupcake Diaries #12: Alexis Gets Frosted
Alexis has true friends in the Cupcake Club—which is a good thing, because everyone else is calling her names. Everyone in the Cupcake Club was thrilled when mean girl Sydney moved away, but the new girl, Olivia, is even worse than Sydney was! Every time she passes Alexis in the hallway, she says something nasty to her. And if that wasn’t bad enough, she also has all the girls in the Best Friends Club making jokes about Alexis! Alexis has no idea why this is happening...until she remembers an offhand remark she made to a friend about Olivia. It wasn’t meant to be mean, but did Olivia take it the wrong way? If Alexis is willing to shoulder some blame, will Olivia call off the teasing campaign?
The Cupcake Diaries #11: Emma Smile & Say Cupcake
Emma wants to be a model, but membership in the Cupcake Club might be all the fame she needs. The Special Day wedding salon is running an ad in the local newspaper, and they want Emma to model in the advertisement. When a local department store also wants to use Emma as a model, she’s suddenly very much in demand! But after running all over New York City for auditions (and being told over and over she “just isn’t right”) Emma realizes being a model is a lot tougher than she thought. Does Emma really want to be America’s next top model, or is being a part of the Cupcake Club sweet enough?
The Cupcake Diaries #8: Alexis Cool As A Cupcake
The Cupcake Club learns that good leadership is a huge part of running a successful business—and friendship is the icing on the cake! Alexis is the clear leader of the Cupcake Club: She’s organized, punctual, and happy to take on the stuff like scheduling, budgets, invoicing, and the things that the other girls don’t really want to do. In other words, the “unfun” things. But one day Alexis feels particularly unappreciated and informs the Cupcake Club that she is no longer in charge! After deadlines get missed and supplies aren’t bought, the girls realize they definitely need a leader….And Alexis realizes being the leader is kind of cool; as long as you know how to ask for help when you need it!
The Cupcake Diaries #7: Emma All Stirred Up
Emma needs a break from big-sister duty in this addition to Spotlight’s treat of a tween series. Emma is not thrilled with always having to rearrange her schedule so she can babysit her younger brother, Jake. Now Emma’s parents have broken some news that really threatens to push Emma over the edge—since Emma and Jake are going to the same day camp this summer, she’s expected to sit with Jake on the bus. Not only does this mean Emma can’t hang out with her friends, but she also has to comfort Jake—who has a serious issue with motion sickness.
Can Emma find a way to sweeten up her summer plans?
The Cupcake Diaries #4: Alexis & The Perfect Recipe
Alexis has a head for organization—but what about her heart?Alexis Becker is by far the most prepared, very exact, and extremely organized Cupcake Club member. But there’s more to Alexis than meets the eye. Like the fact that she has a messy drawer, and that she likes to secretly dance in her bedroom. And the biggest secret of all? Alexis has a crush! But is there a formula for love?
The Cupcake Diaries #3: Emma on Thin Icing
Emma’s earning money left and right—but is she in over her head? When Mia asks the Cupcake Club girls to be junior bridesmaids in her mother’s wedding, everyone is superexcited about the idea...especially when they find the perfect dress for the occasion! It’s Emma’s dream dress, except it’s a little more expensive than she expected. And with her mom recently out of work, there’s not a lot of room at the Taylor house for extras. Not wanting to disappoint her friends, Emma decides to take on a few more jobs and chores around the house to help cover the cost. Between babysitting her bratty brother, a dog-walking business, flute practice, the Cupcake Club—and oh yeah, being a typical tween girl—Emma may have bitten off more than she can chew. Can she handle it all?