cupcake (noun): a bite size confection

1. small stories with a heaping scoop of adventure
2. rainbow sprinkles
3. a sweet and salty nibble
CAKE Literary's kidlit imprint, CUPCAKE aims for smart and sophisticated children's fiction -- from chapter books to middle grade novels -- with the kind of dark whimsical storytelling associated with the classics of the genre, like The Phantom Tollbooth and Harriet the Spy. Perfect for classrooms, libraries, and even late nights under a blanket with a flashlight, our focus is on delightful and delicious reads that will have even the most reluctant readers flipping pages. And of course, like all of CAKE's projects, CUPCAKE emphasizes building organic diversity into every high concept story.


gauntlet of blood and sand

The Recipe: Adventure

A steampunk Jumanji with Middle Eastern flair. Twelve-year-old Farah and her two friends get sucked into a supernatural board game. They must navigate dangerous puzzles and perilous challenges in order to beat the game. But can they outwit the game’s creator? Or will they, like the children who came before them, become trapped forever?


Meet the author: Karuna Riazi

Karuna is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. Besides pursuing a Bachelors in English Literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger and publishing intern. Karina is fond of tea, Korean dramas, writing about tough girls forging their own paths toward their destinies, and baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish. Her dessert of choice is lemon bars, which always promise a sharp zest of intrigue along with the reassuring sugar of a happy ending.
Karuni Riazi

love sugar magic

The Recipe: Magic

The sisters of the Logroño family have a big secret — they’re brujas, witches of Mexican ancestry — and have been keeping the residents of Rose Hill, Texas, well- stocked with sweet treats from their panadería, as well as problem-solving magic. But when youngest sister Leo bungles up a spell, causing her best friend’s crush to fall in love with the entire 7th grade, she must rush to fix it before her mama and tías discover it. Or she just might lose the only real amiga she’s ever had.

Meet the author: Anna Meriano

Anna Meriano grew up in Houston, Texas,
with an older brother and a younger brother but (tragically) no sisters. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in English and earned her MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Writing for Children from The New School in New York. She has taught creative writing and high school English, and works as a writing tutor. Anna likes reading, knitting, playing full-contact quidditch, and translating English song lyrics into Spanish and American Sign Language. Her favorite baked goods are the kind that don’t fly away before you eat them. She is the author of Love Sugar Magic, forthcoming from Harper Children’s/Walden.
Anna Meriano