When eleven-year-old Jeremy Bender does major damage to his father's prized boat, he figures he has one way to avoid being grounded for life: Fix it before Dad finds out. But even if Jeremy and his best friend, Slater, combined their allowances for a year, they still wouldn't have enough money for the cost of repairs.
Inspiration strikes when the boys see an ad for the Windjammer Whirl. Sponsored by the Cupcake Cadets, the model sailboat race pays $500 to the winner. There's just one problem: You must be a Cadet - and a girl - to compete.
Confident that it will be the easiest money they've ever made, Jeremy convinces Slater they should dress up like girls and infiltrate the troop. But as the boys proceed to botch everything from camping to field hockey, they realize that being a Cadet is no piece of cupcake.
Can Jeremy and Slater earn their badges and win the money? Or will their Cupcake careers be over faster than you can say "vanilla frosting"?
"Hats (and tams) off to Jeremy Bender for a belly-laugh not even the densest cupcakes could hold down!" - Gordon Korman, bestselling author of The 39 Clues: One False Note and Pop
"This book has it all: a laugh on each page, outrageous plot, snappy dialogue, mega-wedgies, and of course, cupcakes. Perfect for boys and girls." - Julia DeVillers, author of How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller (now the Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep)
"Eric Luper's first foray into the middle grade genre is fast-paced and hysterical...This one will appeal to boys and girls alike." – Kate Messner, award-winning author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z and Sugar and Ice