A MEMORABLE MEMORIAL DAY FLAG CAKE!

May 21, 2018

SALUTING THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR MILITARY with a RED, WHITE, & BLUE FLAG CAKE!

Here’s our All-American recipe:

For the cake you will need 48 standard size cupcakes, and 48 mini cupcakes. (This cake feeds your whole platoon!)

  1. Spread vanilla frosting on 36 standard sized cupcakes and set aside. Spread blue frosting on 12 standard sized cupcakes and 6 mini cupcakes.
  2. Arrange white candy in patterns on each blue cupcake to make the stars. (We used white Good & Plentys, Sixlets, white M&Ms and Baby Tears. We even used Chiclets.)
  3. Arrange the standard size cupcakes on a large serving platter in a flag-shaped rectangle 8 cupcakes across and 6 cupcake deep, placing the standard size blue cupcakes in the upper left corner 4 across and 3 deep. Sit the mini blue cupcake on top of and between the standard size blue cupcakes.
  4. Spread red frosting on 42 mini cupcakes and decorate with red candies. (We placed Red Hots, Hot Tamales, swedish fish, red Twizzler pieces and red jelly beans. RED is one of the most popular candy colors, so we’re sure you’ll come up with something all your own.) Place the red mini cupcakes on top of and between the white cupcakes to create stripes.

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Have fun. And enjoy your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of cupcakes!!

Alan and Karen

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATE HONOR REMEMBER

BABY BEARS & BABY RATTLES—A BABY SHOWER BONANZA!

May 15, 2018

BRINGING UP BABY CUPCAKES always puts a smile on our face…we love anything cute and cuddly! These projects are made in 4 SIMPLE STEPS—just like the cupcakes in our newest book, Make It Easy, Cupcake!

We created a fluffy fur coat for the Baby Bears by rolling them in sugar. The eyes and snout are made from vanilla candy wafers. 

The Baby Rattles are even SIMPLER! Frost one half of the cupcake white and the other half blue. Roll the cupcake in sugar. Pipe frosting details and add pearls. A Dum Dum lollipop makes a perfect handle.

We recreated these projects for our friends at Woman’s World Magazine. You can get the entire recipe in this week’s issue, on newsstands now. Read our monthly column in WWM for more fun & simple decorating ideas!

WANT MORE SIMPLE 4 STEP DESIGNS? Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 projects that are just as easy and just as much fun as our BABY BEARS & BABY RATTLES!

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Happy decorating!

Alan and Karen

BEGONIA CUPCAKE BOUQUET FOR MOM’S SPECIAL DAY!

May 8, 2018

MAKE MOM A BLOOMIN’ BEAUTIFUL GIFT in 4 SIMPLE STEPS! Inspired by our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! this gorgeous bouquet is a cinch to make from corn flakes, candy melting wafers, and candy pearls.

  1. Combine melted pink and white candy wafers to make two colors of pink, one dark and one light.
  2. Toss corn flakes in each color and spread on waxed paper to dry.
  3. Add clusters of matching flakes to make blossoms to cover the cupcakes. Alternate the colors on the cupcakes. Pipe yellow frosting in the center of each blossom and add yellow pearls.
  4. Place a styrofoam ball in a vase with decorative tissue and add toothpicks to the ball. Press the base of the cupcakes onto the toothpicks to secure.

WANT MORE SIMPLE 4 STEP DESIGNS? Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 projects that are just as easy and just as much fun as our BEGONIA CUPCAKE BOUQUET!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Alan and Karen

SHRIMP COCKTAIL MARSHMALLOW POUNDCAKE TRIFLE!

April 30, 2018

SWEET DECEPTIONS ARE OUR FAVORITE DESSERT! So it’s no TRIFLING MATTER that this SHRIMP COCKTAIL APPETIZER is made from a tumble of cake, frosting, glitter sugar, pudding, and marshmallows. Here’s how we did it…

  1. To make the ice cubes, start with your favorite scratch recipe for pound cake —or use store bought Sara Lee Pound Cake, like we did. Cut the cake into 1 inch cubes and place on a wire rack with waxed paper underneath. Tint frosting the palest shade of blue (use your favorite recipe or canned like we did). Heat the frosting in the microwave slightly and stir, until you can pour it over the cubes of cake to completely cover. Sprinkle the ice cubes lightly with glitter sugar to add sparkle and place in the refrigerator to firm.
  2. Cut pink marshmallow crosswise into 1/2 thick slices. Trim about 1/8 inch from one side of a marshmallow slice to create the first of six shrimp segments. Trim each successive slice about 1/8 inch smaller than the previous segment until you have a total of six (the end piece will be very small). For each shrimp, snip two edges from another slice to make the two tail fins. Place the segments and tail fins on a sheet of waxed paper. Use some frosting to attach the marshmallow segments in order from largest to smallest and add the two tail fins at the end. Add a few drops of red food coloring to a small amount of vanilla extract. Using a pastry brush or clean toothbrush, splatter the shrimp segments with the red color to create spots. Allow to dry completely. Pipe a line of vanilla frosting between each segment and add a row of dots along the bottom edge for the legs. Set the shrimp aside on the waxed paper until you are ready to assemble the trifle.
  3. Prepare your favorite vanilla pudding—or use a store bought mix like we did. Spoon some pudding into the bottom of each serving cup. Add a few ice cubes to each cup. Top each cup with a shrimp. Roll green spice drops in sugar and cut to create small parsley leaves and add to the cocktail. Garnish each cup with a lemon fruit slice.
  4. Optional: make cocktail sauce using strawberry jam and coconut flakes, and place the mix in a small foil baking cup on each plate.

Some folks may find this recipe a TRIFLE BIZARRE but we prefer not to TRIFLE WITH PERFECTION!!

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Happy hors d’oeuvres!

Alan and Karen

 

PRETTY PINK PETIT FOURS—PERFECT PARTY PLEASERS!

April 26, 2018

CANDY INSPIRES US! So when we recently opened a bag of Jelly Belly’s JEWEL PINK MIX we were struck not only by the gorgeous colors but also by the amazing flavors! Those pretty little pink beans were screaming to be turned into something special.

Our PETIT FOURS are perfect for a Spring Fest, a Sweet Sixteen Party, or even a Baby or Bridal Shower!

The cake itself is a delicious strawberry flavor cake baked in jelly roll sheet pans to make thin layers (NO NEED TO SLICE IT…CALL US LAZY!) We used a layer of strawberry jam topped with a layer of vanilla frosting between the layers. Once assembled, the whole cake is coated with vanilla frosting and cut into adorable little squares. Now for our favorite part: we piped a zig zag line of PALE PINK FROSTING and added PRETTY PINK JELLY BELLY BEANS to each delicate little treat! With flavors like Jewel Bubble Gum, Jewel Cream Soda, and Jewel Very Cherry you know they taste great, too!

You can get the whole recipe along with more decorating ideas by Hello, Cupcake! on the Jelly Belly web site at

https://www.jellybelly.com/valentines-day-recipes-and-party-ideas

WANT MORE SIMPLE 4 STEP DESIGNS? Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 projects that are just as easy and just as much fun as our PRETTY PINK PETIT FOURS!

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GIVE A HOOT!

Alan and Karen

 

GIVE A HOOT…OWL CUPCAKES!!

April 23, 2018

Give a Hoot Owl Cupcakes in pretty SPRING COLORS can be made in 4 SIMPLE STEPS…just like the recipes in our latest book, Make It Easy, Cupcake! We love anything SIMPLE…like using the same cookie to make the eyes, the wings, and the ears. The only thing extra is the COLORFUL CANDY used for the eyes, beak, & toes. WHOOOOO DOESN’T LIKE EASY DECORATING?

  1. Make parts from vanilla sandwich cookies. Separate sandwich cookies and keep the cream intact on one side for the eyes (you will need two cream sides for each owl). Cut a cookie side without cream in half for wings. Cut another cookie side without cream in half, and then in half again to make the ears.
  2. Add candy lashes (Baby Tears) and a candy pupil (Junior Mint) to the cream on the eye cookies, the hard candies will stick to the cream but use an extra dot of frosting to secure the pupils. (Choose candy colors that coordinate with the frosting color.)
  3. Frost cupcakes in pretty spring colors and smooth. Add eye cookies, wings, and ears.
  4. Attach candy for the beak (Baby Tears) and for the feet (Banana Candy). Pipe frosting dashes, dots, or squiggles for the feathers on the belly.

WANT MORE SIMPLE 4 STEP DESIGNS? Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 projects that are just as easy and just as much fun as our GIVE A HOOT OWL CUPCAKES!

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GIVE A HOOT!

Alan and Karen

EARTH DAY CUPCAKES!

April 15, 2018

70 PERCENT OF OUR PLANET IS COVERED IN FROSTING!! Global cupcakes made in 4 SIMPLE STEPS…just like the projects in our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! Deep ocean colors are made by blending white and two shades of blue frosting right on the cupcake, and continents are piped from a zip top bag using green frosting. Smooth the planet’s crust by rolling the frosting in white decorating sugar.

  1. Tint frosting light blue, dark blue, and green. Place some light and dark blue frosting along with white frosting on each cupcake.
  2. Spread the frosting on the cupcakes and smooth, without completely blending the colors.
  3. Place the green frosting in a zip top bag and pipe continents on the blue frosting.
  4. Roll the cupcakes in white decorating sugar, and press to shape and smooth.

Love Earth…it’s our home!

Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 SIMPLE 4-STEP DESIGNS that are just as easy and just as much fun as our PLANET EARTH CUPCAKES!

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LOVE THE PLANET, IT’S OUR HOME!

Alan and Karen

CHERRY BLOSSOM CUPCAKES-2 WAYS

April 4, 2018

There’s more than one way to make a CHERRY BLOSSOM…and we’ve crafted the petals 2 ways to prove it! We made these gorgeous Cherry Blossom Cupcakes for our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! They are so easy to make in 4 SIMPLE STEPS! We piped pink candy melts into small cocktail spoons to make the petals. For the branches we piped lines of chocolate frosting from a ziptop bag on top of cupcakes frosted in sky blue. To create the blossoms we placed 5 petals in a tight cluster and added pale pink frosting and yellow sprinkles to the center.

See the 4-STEP PHOTOS below…so easy to follow!

We wanted to change the blossoms for our monthly column in Woman’s World Magazine so we changed the technique and made the petals by snipping mini pink marshmallows in half and spraying them with pearl food color. The result is quite different but we think equally stunning. You can find the complete recipe for this version on the newstand now!

So next time you set out to craft cupcakes remember that there are many ways to solve the design…and it’s so much fun finding out how!

Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 SIMPLE 4-STEP DESIGNS that are just as easy and just as much fun as our CHERRY BLOSSOM CUPCAKES!

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HAPPY SPRING!

Alan and Karen

DELICIOUS DELI CHICKEN (APRIL FOOLS) IT’S A CAKE!!!

March 30, 2018

AN APRIL FOOLS DAY CLASSIC! April Fool’s Day is the perfect excuse to trick the family with a Delicious Deli Chicken CAKE! And you even get two sides with your order, COLE SLAW and BAKED BEANS!

We made this robust rotisserie bird with sides for our latest book, CAKE MY DAY! But like many other amazing projects there just wasn’t room for it. So here it is, just for our blog readers! ENJOY!

Making the cake couldn’t be easier. We baked cakes in round bowls, a larger one for the carcass and a smaller bowl for the thighs.

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Then we made some simple cuts in the bowl cakes, added a Twinkie cut in half, and assembled the cakes to create the chicken shape.

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If you want to complete your April Fools Day cake with a real FOOL-THE-EYE look, clean and dry a plastic deli container to be used for the serving platter. Assemble the cake in the deli container using frosting to attach the cake parts. Next coat the entire cake with vanilla frosting and smooth. Pop it in the refrigerator to chill for 5 to 10 minutes, just to set the frosting.

For the skin, roll out 40 Kraft caramels. (This step can be time consuming so you might want to start it while your cake is baking. The hardest part is convincing the kids to unwrap all those squares of candy.) If you need to soften them to a rolling consistency, just pop them in the microwave for 1 or 2 seconds to soften slightly. (You don’t want molten lava caramels so keep it short!!)

Once the caramels are rolled out, you cut out a large circle of the candy for the body and two smaller circles for the thigh-leg sections. Drape the large caramel circle over the chicken shape to make the BREAST section. Press to smooth. Trim, and tuck any excess candy under the cake. Do the same for the THIGHS AND LEGS.

Add a piece of smooth bread stick (plain, not garlic flavor!) to the end of each leg for the LEG BONE.

Mix a small amount of cocoa powder with water to make a thin paste. Dip a clean toothbrush or the bristles of a pastry brush in the paste and use your finger to flick the bristles and splatter the caramel skin so it looks WELL ROASTED!!

For the sides, bake two small cakes and place them in plastic deli side dish containers. For the COLE SLAW mix coconut, small slivers snipped from a Circus Peanut, and vanilla frosting. Frost the top of one small cake to cover. For the BAKED BEANS, toss brown or russet red colored Jelly Belly jellybeans in caramel ice cream topping and frost the other small cake. Add extra jellybeans and caramel topping as needed to fill out the container.

We think we know what’s on the menu at your house tonight. A hot heaping pile of APRIL FOOLERY!!!

Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 SIMPLE 4-STEP DESIGNS that are just as much fun as our DELI CHICKEN CAKE!

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Happy April Fools Day

Alan and Karen

APRIL FOOL’S DAY—OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY!

March 28, 2018

FAUX FOOD FUN, TRUMP L’OEIL TRICKS, & FOOL THE EYE FANCIES!! Nothing tickles us more than a little April Fool’s trickery! Here are a few of our favorites over the years!

Spaghetti and meatballs made from Ferrero Rocher chocolates

Corn on the cob made from Jelly Belly beans

Lo mein noodles with broccoli made from Tootsie Fruit Chews

Spring peas made from Sixlets & Laffy Taffy

Our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! has over 100 SIMPLE 4-STEP DESIGNS that are just as easy and just as much fun as our APRIL FOOLERY CUPCAKES!

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

Alan & Karen

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