CUPCAKES IN THE PARK—AUGUST 1—NYC’S BRYANT PARK!

July 31, 2018

COME HAVE A CUPCAKE LUNCH in the NYC Bryant Park Reading Room TOMORROW, August 1 at 12:30. We’ll be showing off projects from our new book Make It Easy, Cupcake! Come watch…ask questions…join in the decorating fun…and eat!

We will be making LEMONADE COOLER CUPCAKES, CHOCOLATE COWS, UNICORNS, HOT DOGS AND SLIDERS, and lots more! Come see how easy decorating can be in 4 SIMPLE STEPS!

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We hope you have a very happy summer of decorating fun!!

Alan and Karen

SHARK ATTACK! A HELLO CUPCAKE CLASSIC!

July 26, 2018

GREAT WHITES and MAKOS!!!!

It wouldn’t be summer without some sleek predators of the deep. (Bring on the JAWS music. Da-dum, Da-dum, Da-dum….)

And since this is SHARK WEEK, we figured what better time to feature one of our all time most popular projects from our original HELLO, CUPCAKE!

Of course, our maneaters have a very sweet, soft center. In fact, they’re primarily made of Twinkies.

Their scary teeth are made of frosting and their fins are chocolate wafers.

You can find the complete jaw-dropping recipe starting on page 81 of HELLO, CUPCAKE! or follow the easy steps below:

Cut TWINKIE and FAMOUS WAFER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dip TWINKIE in melted gray frosting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add fruit roll for the mouth and M&Ms Minis for the eyes.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK TO THE KITCHEN….

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DA-DUM, DA-DUM….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We hope you have a very happy summer of decorating fun!!

Alan and Karen

BURGERS AND DOGS—CUPCAKES FOR SUMMER FUN!!!

July 6, 2018

HELLO , SUMMER! INSPIRED BY THE SIMPLE 4 STEP RECIPES in our newest book MAKE IT EASY, CUPCAKE!—these treats are perfect for summer entertaining! We love tickling a RIB almost as much as grilling one! That’s why we created hilarious faux hot dogs and burgers for your SUMMER celebrations! The hot dogs are made from circus peanuts dipped in pinkish-brown chocolate, garnished with green Power Straw relish and yellow frosting mustard, and served on a cupcake bun…yummy! And our burgers are made from Oreo cookies dipped in frosting and coated with chocolate sprinkles. Each burger is garnished with circus peanut cheese and gum drop onion rings! COULD THIS BE A BURGER FRANCHISE IN THE MAKING!!!

  1. Hot dogs: Slice the top from a cupcake and make two cuts in the top to remove 1/2 inch from the middle of the bun. Coat the top of the cupcake with vanilla frosting, and using a fork, pull the tines through the frosting to make it look like the rim of a paper plate. Cut one end off of two circus peanut candies. Attach the two circus peanuts by glueing the cut ends together using melted chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened, dip the circus peanut hot dog in a combination of pink and chocolate melted candy wafers.
  2. Place the hot dog on top of the frosted plate. Place a bun on either side of the hot dog. Give the dog a drizzle of yellow frosting mustard and top with chopped bits of Sour Straw relish.
  3. Hamburgers: For lettuce, tint vanilla frosting green, microwave briefly to soften, and toss corn flakes in the frosting to coat. For cheese, roll out a circus peanut and cut into a square. For the onion rings, roll a white gum drop to about 2 inches and use a cookie cutter and straw to cut circles.
  4. Slice the top from a cupcake. Coat the bottom portion with vanilla frosting. Add the green coated corn flakes to the cupcake for lettuce. For the burger, coat the sides of an Oreo cookie with chocolate frosting and roll in chocolate sprinkles. Add the burger to the top of the lettuce, add a few onion rings and place the cupcake bun on top. Add a few squirts of red frosting for ketchup.

 

 

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We hope you have a very happy summer of decorating fun!!

Alan and Karen

FIRECRACKERS AND EXPLOSIONS—CUPCAKES FOR THE FOURTH!!!

July 4, 2018

WE SALUTE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE CANDY FOR THE FOURTH! Holidays with special theme colors are when we get to put on our candy detective hats and head down the candy aisle in search of Interesting candies that are in the right colors. Almost any red, white, or blue candy can be used to make firework explosions. And don’t be afraid to roll out, snap, or chop the candies you find. We give you permission. It’s Independence Day after all!

Follow the simple four step photos from our newest book Make It Easy, Cupcake! to make our firecrackers:

  1. Roll yellow gumdrop in yellow sugar. Cut out 2 inch circle.
  2. Remove 1/4 of the circle and press together the sticky cut ends to make the nose cone.
  3. Thread a marshmallow on a pretzel stick and spray with red food coloring. Thread a marshmallow on a toothpick and spray with blue food coloring. Let the marshmallows dry.
  4. Add a white marshmallow to the pretzel stick behind the red one, followed by the blue marshmallow. Use melting wafers to attach the yellow nosecone to the red end and a red licorice lace tail to the blue end. Place the firecracker rocket on top of a frosted cupcake.

 

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Happy decorating!

Alan and Karen

 

UNICORN CUPCAKES—IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS—MAKE IT EASY, CUPCAKE!

June 20, 2018

WE BELIEVE IN EASY UNICORNS! The cupcakes in our newest book, Make It Easy, Cupcake! are the SIMPLEST (and most fun) we have ever created! And every step has a photo to make cupcake decorating easier than ever! Simply follow the four photos below to make our adorable Unicorn Cupcakes!

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Happy decorating!

Alan and Karen

 

 

RED VELVET LAWNMOWER CAKE—HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

June 16, 2018

Celebrate Dad in fun style with a shiny RED VELVET lawnmower cake! It’s made from a sheet cake and coated in sparkling red sugar with doughnuts for wheels! This design was inspired by the SIMPLE 4 STEP RECIPES in our latest book, Make It Easy, Cupcake! Look how easy it is to make the Lawnmower Cake by following the SIMPLE STEPS below:

Cut the RED VELVET cake

Make DOUGHNUT wheels with OREO hub caps

Spray and assemble the BREAD STICK handle

Make the spark plug and pull cord from SPICE DROPS

Coat the cake with RED SUGAR

Assemble the MACHINE

Amazing cake designs are often easier than they look at first glance. But once you break it down, they can be AS EASY AS MOWING THE LAWN!

We recreated this project 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!

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Happy decorating!

Alan and Karen

COME DECORATE CUPCAKES WITH US AT DYLAN’S CANDY BAR!

June 11, 2018

CUPCAKES, CANDY, EASY DECORATING IDEAS…THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN!!! Make It Easy, Cupcake! is coming out next week and we are celebrating our latest creations at the AMAZING Dylan’s Candy Bar on Third Avenue in NYC from 1 to 3 PM on June 16th. Come join us for an afternoon of SIMPLE FOUR STEP RECIPES and SWEETNESS!

Hope to see you there!

Alan and Karen

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!

You can pre-order now and get delivery by June 18

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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

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