July 2, 2015
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We came up with a bunch of July 4th themed cupcakes while we were at the latest FANCY FOOD SHOW this past week. And we wanted to share them with you before we split for the holiday.

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You won’t really need a how-to. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves. We were manning the SweetWorks booth, so all the projects were decorated with an assortment of Sixlets, gumballs and Candy Crumble—as well as red and blue tinted frosting. It’s as easy as it looks.

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Have a great holiday, everyone!

Alan and Karen


June 29, 2015

In keeping with our SUMMER BURST OF YELLOW theme, here’s a batch of DAISY CUPCAKES to brighten your kitchen table.

They actually look like the kind of MONTAUK DAISIES that grow near here, at the end of Long Island.

You’re going to need white chocolate chips and lemon curd to pull this off—although it’s actually a very simple recipe.

For all the directions, click here.

We’ll be back soon with more summer fun (and a report from the latest FANCY FOOD show, which took place right here in New York).

Happy Decorating,

Alan and Karen


June 27, 2015
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WE’RE ON THE COVER of PEOPLE magazine this week. That’s our Donut cake, right over Channing Tatum’s right shoulder. It’s been remade in red, white and blue for July 4th!!!

And there’s lots more on the inside. Here’s a partial peek:

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Happy Cake-making,

Alan and Karen


June 22, 2015

We tried to imagine the most refreshing summer project possible. And we saw visions in our heads of lemonade: complete with lemon slices, mint and a straw.

So ABRACADABRA: a little CANDY LAB magic and there they were—LEMON COOLER CUPCAKES.

Of course, those aren’t real lemon slices, pieces of mint and straws. Can you guess what we used?

Well, the entire refreshing recipe can be found by clicking here.

PLUS in keeping with the SUMMER SPIRIT, it’s a very EASY recipe. And it feeds 24!!

Stay cool,

Alan and Karen


June 19, 2015

Here’s a timely variation on our Pop Art Cake from CAKE MY DAY! We created it for the TODAY show in celebration of FATHER’S DAY! We’re rushing around today getting ready for our holiday weekend, but we wanted to share it before the cake is gone!

(It’s basically the same recipe that you’ll find on page 102 of CAKE MY DAY!)

We guess now the “pop” in POP ART means something a little different.

Happy Father’s Day,

Alan and Karen


June 16, 2015

Check us out on THE TODAY SHOW this Friday. It’s our FATHER’S DAY appearance. And we’ll be doing lots of projects just for all you dads out there—including our BASEBALL BAT CAKE. (It’s one of the projects we developed using store-bought pound cake—which is always a home run! See pages 268-71 from CAKE MY DAY!)

It’s been a busy week for public appearances. We’ve been in stores, on the net and now TV. And as usual we’re having a great time, getting in touch with our inner hams.

See you Friday,

Alan and Karen


June 15, 2015

We had a great time doing a live chat on Get Baked this past Sunday. And you can watch it right here on the blog (below).

The chat was moderated by Babette from and Nichelle from Lots of tips and ideas! We can’t wait to do it again! Enjoy!!!

Happy Decorating,

Karen and Alan



June 13, 2015

We did a decorating demo at a local cooking store today. And it gave us a chance to show off our new CAKE MY DAY shirts. (We wear them for public appearances.) That’s the back above, and here’s the front (below) with a neat little graphic Alan created.


It was a fun event today. We emphasized FATHER’S DAY projects, like the lawn mower from CAKE MY DAY! Here’s our store demo version—Oreos, chocolate donuts and all!

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We love meeting our readers. And we really enjoy it when proud parents show us their cell phone pix of their kids’ cake and cupcake projects—and that happened TWICE today! We especially loved the little girl who was feverishly taking notes during our demo.

By the way, tomorrow (Sunday, June 14) we’re doing a live online chat at 5 PM EST.

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Happy Decorating,

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Alan and Karen


June 8, 2015
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Don’t get yourself in a knot about your Father’s Day’s dessert. We have 2 perfect solutions.

Dad might have grown tired of getting ties for presents, but we bet he’s never seen a couple of ties like this before!!

We call the first project “DAD”S STUFFED SHIRT.” And the recipe is on pages 168-71 of our book CUPCAKES, COOKIES & PIE, OH, MY! It comes complete with a button down collar (made of frosting) and a pocket pencil (made from fruit chews)!


Father’s Day Project 2 is our GRAHAM CRACKER CUPCAKE TIE. (See below.)

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To complete this project, you’re going to need to gather some orange slice candies, orange M&Ms, blue fruit chews and a few other items. So we wanted to give you a headstart.

The full recipe is available by clicking here.

We don’t know which project we prefer. (It’s a tie!) But we don’t think we’re sticking or necks out to say: Either way, Dad’s bound to be pleased.

Happy Decorating,

Alan and Karen


June 8, 2015

Here’s a pic of one of our favorite mascots—the RUBBY DUCKY CUPCAKE—joining us to say: HAPPY CUPCAKE LOVERS DAY.

The big day is this Saturday, June 13th. And we wanted to be the first to wish you a great one. We hope it’s a ducky day for all!

Cupcakes have definitely been good to us. And after so many years of loving them, they remain our favorite dessert. We still wake up in the morning with new cupcake ideas that are sure to QUACK you up! So stay tuned.

If you’re curious about our cupcake ducks, the recipe can be found on pages 129-31 of WHAT’S NEW, CUPCAKE. We can tell you that you’ll need marshmallows, donut holes, orange fruit chews and, of course, yellow food coloring!

So have a sweet Cupcake Lovers Day, everyone. In fact, let’s make it Cupcake Lovers WEEK!!

Happy Decorating,

Alan and Karen