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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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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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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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!

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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.

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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

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GIVE A HOOT!

Alan and Karen

 

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