BROOKLYN BOOK FEST-SEPTEMBER 16!

September 14, 2018

JOIN US AT THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza Sunday September 16! We will be in BOOTH #237 with our FABULOUS PUBLISHER @MacmillanUSA @StMartensPress Publishers from 1 to 2 PM.

There are so many great events on the Festival Day! Brings the kids, wander the aisles to discover new books, listen to your favorite authors read, hear critics discuss the latest new writers, eat lunch at gourmet food trucks, come meet your favorite cupcake authors! An amazing NYC event—come share it with us!

Festival info click here!! 

 

 

JEEPERS PEEPERS—4 STEPS—BIRD WATCHING CUPCAKES!

September 6, 2018

DUST OFF YOUR ICE CREAM CONES AND LOOK TO THE SKY! Fall migration is here! These fun and funny cupcakes from our newest book Make It Easy Cupcake! are perfect accompaniments for party activities. Our friends at Family Fun Magazine even used them for a scavenger hunt! (photo above) And they are really simple to make!

Here are the 4 SIMPLE STEPS needed to make them!

  1. Make eyepieces for the binoculars by trimming the bottom off of a Joy Kids Cone. Dip the wide end in melted chocolate up to the first ring in the shape, leaving the trimmed bottom uncut. Cut mini vanilla wafers in half for the ears.
  2. Cut marshmallows in half crosswise. Push the marshmallows into the chocolate coated ends of the cones.
  3. Frost cupcakes with flesh colored frosting and press two eyepieces into the frosting, coated end out.
  4. Attach Spree candy eyes to the marshmallows in the binoculars, add oh shaped cereal for the hair, add a jellybean for the nose, and a pink oh-shaped cereal mouth.
  5. I think I spy a red throated bird watcher who must have been eating the bag of red jelly beans!

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!

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

Alan and Karen

DONUT HANGER COOKIES!!

August 23, 2018

HANGER COOKIES We have found a variety of cutters on line to make hanging cookies…over the edge cookie cutters

BUT SAVE YOUR DOUGH!!! All you need to make a hanging cookie is to cut a slit in your cookie before baking. To make our donut cookies (above) use a 3-inch round cutter to cut out circles from cookie dough. Use a 1-inch round cutter to remove a circle from the center of each cookie. (Reserve the extra dough to roll out more cookies.) Use a small knife to cut a 3/4-by-1/4-inch notch from one side of each cookie. (Make it big enough so that it fits over the rim of your cup.) Once the cookies are baked, let them cool completely.

To decorate, heat desired color of candy melts in the microwave a few seconds at a time, stopping to stir, until the candy is melted and smooth. Use a small spoon to spread the candy onto the cooled cookies giving them a wavy edge. Add colorful sprinkles to the wet candy to look like a donut. Let candy set before hanging them on a cup (under-fill the cups, don’t let the cookie dip into the liquid or they will fall apart).

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 DONUT HANGER COOKIES!

You can pre-order now and get delivery by June 7

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Happy Donuts!!

Alan and Karen

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!

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

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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….

Shark Attack-blog feature

DA-DUM, DA-DUM….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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.

 

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 4th of July CUPCAKES!

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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!

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 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!

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 RED VELVET LAWNMOWER CAKE!

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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

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