December 10, 2017

CREATE AN EDIBLE POLAR BEAR CENTERPIECE for your Holiday table!! Our adorable polar bear is made using two cupcakes, an easy-to-make chocolate tree, and a gingerbread plaque ready for writing a holiday greeting to your guests!

How we made the TREE and HOLLY:

  1. Place a pretzel stick on a sheet of waxed paper. Pipe lines of melted green candy melts over the pretzel stick, starting narrow at the top and getting wider as you work down the pretzel. (Leave the bottom half of the pretzel uncoated.) Add white sprinkles, red pearls, and a yellow star to the wet candy. Set aside to harden.
  2. Use the melted candy to pipe pairs of holly leaves and add three red pearls for the berries at the center of the leaves.

Here’s how we made the POLAR BEAR:

  1. Make the body and head of the bear from two cupcakes, one jumbo and one regular size. Completely cover them with vanilla frosting and roll in white decorating sugar to coat.
  2. To make the face use dots of vanilla frosting to attach a slice of marshmallow for the snout and half of a mini marshmallow for each ear. Pipe two dots of vanilla frosting and add M&M’s Minis for the eyes and use a dot of frosting to attach the brown jelly bean nose.
  3. Pipe a large dot of vanilla frosting on the jumbo cupcake and attach the regular size cupcake to it, on its side, with the frosted top pointing in toward the center.
  4. To make the paws, cut 2 marshmallows in half crosswise. Add paw pads and nails using chocolate frosting. Use dots of vanilla frosting to attach the paws to the jumbo cupcake.
  5. Add a chocolate holly to the bear. Push the pretzel end of a chocolate tree into the jumbo cupcake behind the bear’s arm and to the side of the head.

How we assembled it:

  1. Roll out gingerbread and cut a large oval shape from the dough. Bake as directed in the cookie recipe. Allow to cool completely.
  2. Use white frosting to write a greeting on the cookie plaque. Add chocolate holly and a polar bear cupcake. Scatter coconut snow on the plaque.
  3. Place the plaque on your table and let the party begin!

Happy Decorating and Happy Holidays!

Alan and Karen


December 5, 2017

This year Mrs. Rudolph is leading Santa’s sled! With her big GOLDEN antlers, sparkly GOLDEN hair, and bright RED nose, she can light up any PARTY, too! We made Mrs. Rudolph for our friends at Woman’s World Magazine where you’ll find her gracing the Cover at newsstands (with the complete recipe inside). In case you miss the issue here is a brief look at how we made her:

Start with a three-layer chocolate cake covered with cocoa frosting. (Three layers give it dramatic height.) We used white Candy Melts to pipe antlers on waxed paper. Use the antlers template from the Magazine, or create one of your own following our photograph (about 8 to 10 inches tall), and place it under the waxed paper to follow, or get creative and make your own antler design. (Be sure to add extra length to the bottom of the antlers to push into the cake.) Once the Candy Melts have hardened, brush them with gold luster dust to add sheen.

For the decorations, we made a nose from red gum drops, ears from a jumbo marshmallow, and holly leaves from spearmint leaves rolled in green sugar and cut using a holly shaped cookie cutter.

We added swirls of chocolate frosting on the cake for the hair and highlighted it with gold decorationsTo finish we piped eyes and eyelashes on the cake and arranged a wreath of holly leaves all around the base with red SIXLETS for the holly berries. Happy decorating!



Alan and Karen


November 21, 2017

GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE UP THIS CAKE!! Spice cake, chocolate frosting, thin ginger cookies, and candy corn make this the best turkey you will ever serve!

Here is how we did it!


1 box (16.5 ounces) spice cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
3 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
23 thin scalloped spice cookies (Anna’s)
1 cup each orange, yellow and dark cocoa candy melting wafers (Wilton) 1/2 cup each orange, yellow, and black decorating sugars
1 wafer cone
1 thin chocolate cookie (Famous Chocolate Wafer)
1 yellow gum square
3/4 cup candy corn
1 mini chocolate sandwich cookie (Oreo mini)
1/4 cup vanilla frosting
2 brown candy coated chocolates (M&M’s)
1 can (16 ounces) plus 1 cup milk chocolate frosting
3 circus peanuts
5 inch piece red fruit leather (Fruit By The Foot)
thin pretzel sticks

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 inch and a 6 inch round cake pans with waxed paper. Coat pans with vegetable cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions replacing the buttermilk for the water. Spoon the mini chips into the batter and blend well. Spoon 2 cups of the batter into the smaller pan and the remaining batter into the larger pan. Bake until cakes are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 10 minutes. Invert and cool completely. Transfer the cakes to the freezer for 20 minutes to chill.

2. For the hat, spoon 1/4 cup of the chocolate frosting into a ziplock bag and snip a small corner from the bag. Use a serrated knife to trim the top 1 1/4 inches from the open end of the cone, and discard. Microwave the dark cocoa melting wafers, stirring every 5 seconds until smooth. Spread a thin layer of melted candy over the bottom cone piece and the thin chocolate cookie. Sprinkle with the black sugar to cover pieces completely. Assemble the pieces to look like a hat and refrigerate until set, about 5 minutes. Pipe a line of chocolate frosting around the base of the cone hat and add the yellow piece of gum as the buckle.

3. Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. For the feathers, dip the tops of 8 of the scalloped cookies in the dark cocoa melted candy (reheating if necessary) to coat, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl. Transfer to a prepared cookie sheet refrigerate 5 minutes until set. Microwave the orange candy melts, stirring every 5 seconds, until smooth. Dip the tops of 9 of the cookies in the melted candy, allowing the excess to drip off. Transfer to a prepared cookie sheet and while the candy is still wet sprinkle with orange sugar and add 4 pieces of candy corn near one side. Transfer to the refrigerator for 5 minutes for the candy to set. Repeat process with the yellow candy melts and sugar to coat 6 cookies; refrigerate until set.

4. For the beak and feet, roll out each circus peanut to a 2 by 3 inch oval. Use a 1 1/2 inch heart cookie cutter to cut out beak from one piece of candy. For the feet, use scissors to taper the long sides of the two remaining circus peanuts and cut out 2 small triangles from the wide end to make the 3 toes.

5. For the waddle, fold the red fruit leather in half to make a double thickness 2 1/2 inches long. Use scissors to cut a long 3/4 inch wide tear drop shape. For the eyes, spoon the vanilla frosting into a ziplock bag and snip a small corner from the bag. Remove the creme filling from the mini sandwich cookie. Pipe some vanilla frosting on the cookie halves and add a chocolate candy as the pupil.

6. Trim the tops of the cakes with a serrated knife to level if necessary. Place the large cake on a work surface or serving platter. For the small cake, cut a 1 inch wide edge from either side of the small cake, leaving 2 1/2 inches at the top and 4 1/2 inches on the bottom, reserving one of the trimmed pieces. Attach the cut side of the trimmed piece to the bottom side of the large cake with some chocolate frosting. Spread the top and sides of the large cake with more chocolate frosting and smooth. Add the trimmed small cake on top, lining up the wide end with the bottom of the frosted cake. Spread more chocolate frosting on top of the cake and make smooth. Starting at the bottom edge of the small cake, use the tip of a small spoon to pull the frosting away from the cake in overlapping rows to make the chest feathers. Leave the top 3 inches smooth.

7. Insert the thin pretzel sticks about 2 inches apart and 1 1/2 inches exposed, along the top edge of bottom cake as supports for the feather cookies. Press the orange cookies, overlapping slightly, into the frosting and supported by the pretzel sticks around the cake. Overlap the chocolate coated cookies on top of the orange cookies. Arrange the yellow cookies, overlapping slightly, pressing them into the cake body.

8. Add the circus peanut beak and cookie eyes on the smooth frosted head area. pipe 2 dots of chocolate frosting as the nostrils. Add the fruit leather waddle. Attach the cone hat with some chocolate frosting to the top of the head. Attach the circus peanut feet to the bottom of the cake with some chocolate frosting.

Makes 16 servings

This Thanksgiving Cake was created for our friends at Woman’s World Magazine. Look for more of our Candyful Decorating Ideas every month in Woman’s World!

We hope you have a very THANKFUL holiday!

Alan and Karen


October 27, 2017

This HALLOWEEN cupcake is so FRIGHTFULLY EASY and delicious we call it TRICK AND TREAT!!


12 chocolate cupcakes (your favorite homemade or box mix)

1 recipe dark chocolate frosting (your favorite homemade or 1 can store-bought)

12 Oreo cookies, crushed in food processor or by hand

1 recipe vanilla frosting (your favorite homemade or 1 can store-bought)

2 tubes red gel decorating frosting, Wilton or Cake Mate

  1. Frost the chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting. Roll the frosted cupcakes in the Oreo cookie crumbs. Place three cupcakes side by side on a small plate.
  2. Place some vanilla frosting in a ziplock bag and seal the bag. Make a 1/4 inch cut in one corner of the filled bag (or use a piping bag fitted with a wide tip). Pipe, side by side, two wide lines of vanilla frosting across the center of all three cupcakes. Add two large dots of frosting at each end of the white stripe.
  3. Using the tube of red gel, pipe a thick stripe of red blood down the center of the vanilla stripe. (Because the gel tip is small you will need to pipe the red line several times to have enough blood to ooze. And keep the gel in the center of the white stripe so you can cover it easily.)
  4. Cover the red gel with an additional wide line of vanilla frosting, adding two thick knobs to each end of the bone shape. Your bone should look like the one below when you are finished piping.

Let the cupcakes sit for about 1/2 hour so the surface of the frosting develops a slight crust. Now comes the fun part!

BREAK THE BONE by inserting the tip of a sharp knife into the vanilla frosting between each cupcake to make three zig-zag cuts in the bone. Pull the cupcakes slightly apart allowing the red gel to show. You can add additional red gel at the cuts if you want to enhance the OOZE!!

Add additional dirt (Oreo cookie crumbs) to the plate and serve!

We wish a happy (and safe) Halloween to all!

Alan and Karen


October 26, 2017

Our CHOCOLATE HALLOWEEN MUMMY may be SWEETER than the original movie mummy, but we think it’s almost as SCARY! Time for a REVIVAL of this classic!mummy


Here’s how to make our Chocolate Halloween Mummy!

For 2 mummies:

12 unfrosted chocolate cupcakes baked in brown paper liners

1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting

14 marshmallows

4 rolls strawberry fruit by the foot (Fruit by the Foot)

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (Oreos)

  1. Using scissors cut the marshmallows in half through the flat ends. Cut 1 of the halves on the diagonal into 2 triangles for the noses. Cut one of the halves lengthwise, into 2 strips for the eyebrows. Cut the fruit leather into 3 inch long pieces. Cut each piece of fruit leather, lengthwise, into uneven thin strips.
  2. Spoon ¼ cup of the vanilla frosting into a ziplock bag. Press out the excess air and seal the bag. Spread a thin layer of vanilla frosting on top of the cupcakes. Arrange 6 cupcakes in the shape of a mummy; 1 for the head, 2 for the arms and then 3 in a row for the body and feet (see photo). Repeat with the other 6 cupcakes. Spoon the remaining vanilla frosting into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Place the marshmallow halves (flat side down) on top of the cupcakes  to make the shape of the crossed arms, the body, and the legs (see photo). Place one of the triangles with the wide end down vertically in the center of the face. Add one of the strips horizontally above the nose for the eyebrow. Place the red fruit leather strips randomly over the cupcakes (see photo). Use a dab of water to help them stick if needed. Place the cupcakes in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm slightly.


  1. Heat the bowl of vanilla frosting in the microwave, stirring frequently, until it is the texture of slightly whipped cream, 10 to 15 seconds total. Holding a chilled cupcake by its paper liner, dip it into the frosting just up to the edge of the liner and allow the excess frosting to drip back into the bowl. Carefully invert the cupcake and place on a cookie sheet. If the frosting becomes too thick microwave it for several seconds, stirring frequently. Repeat to coat all of the cupcakes with frosting.
  2. Microwave the bag of vanilla frosting for 3 to 4 seconds or just enough to soften the frosting. Massage the bag of frosting and snip a small corner (1/8-inch) from the bag. Drizzle thin lines of frosting on top of the cupcakes, crosswise, to look like bandages.
  3. Reassemble the cupcakes on a serving platter to look like the mummy. Lightly dust the top of the cupcakes with the cocoa powder. Add the chocolate cookie crumbs around the base of the cupcakes to look like dirt.


For spider webs and flies:

6 unfrosted chocolate cupcakes baked in brown paper liners

12 unfrosted mini chocolate cupcakes baked in brown paper liners

1/2 cup canned vanilla frosting

1 can (16 ounces) dark chocolate frosting

Black food coloring (McCormick)

18 chocolate-coated raisins (Raisinettes)

36 sliced natural almonds

1 tube (4.25 ounces) orange decorating frosting

  1. Spoon the vanilla frosting into a ziplock bag. Press out the excess air and seal the bag.
  2. Tint the chocolate frosting black with the black food coloring. Spread the tops of the regular and mini cupcakes with the black frosting. Snip a small corner, (1/16th-inch) from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Starting in the center, pipe a spiral line over the top of the cupcake. Lightly drag a toothpick through the frosting from the center to the outer edge of cupcake to make the spider web. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
  3. Place the chocolate covered raisins randomly on top of web cupcakes. Add an almond slice on either side of the candy for wings. Pipe 2 dots of orange frosting on top of the candy for the eyes.

We hope you get WRAPPED UP in HALLOWEEN FUN!

Happy Haunting,

Alan and Karen


October 19, 2017

We think our Sugar Skull Cake for Day of the Dead is a great idea for Halloween, too! The shape is made from a cake baked in a Pyrex bowl, a round cake layer, and a small loaf cake trimmed at the corners. The assembled shape is shown in the photo below.

The cake is covered in frosting and coated with sparkling sugar. We rolled out gum drops and cut them into shapes for the designs. And the swirls and details were added using chocolate frosting.

The full recipe is featured in this week’s Woman’s World Magazine at you grocery store checkout.

To make the design on cupcakes see the Sugar Skull Cupcakes in our last post.

Whether CAKE or CUPCAKES we promise you a very FRIGHTFUL DESSERT!



Happy Halloween Decorating!

Alan and Karen


October 3, 2017

These cupcakes are perfect for Day of the Dead, and Halloween, too!

We love SCARY cupcakes, especially when they are PRETTY TOO! We created the shape for our Sugar Skull Cupcakes first. It was as simple as pushing a pretzel stick into a marshmallow and then inserting the pretzel into the side of a frozen cupcake to make a chin for the skull. (Frozen cupcakes are always easier to handle for decorating!) We frosted the entire assembly and smoothed to create the skull shape.

Next we rolled the frosted cupcakes in different colored sugars. We added Hershey Milk Chocolate Drops for the eyes, and then added little colorful candies around the eyes using milk chocolate frosting as the glue. To the center of each eye we added a ChocoMaker Candy Decor. We piped a chocolate mouth and added M&Ms Minis for the teeth and nose. We finished each skull by adding chocolate swirls and details.

Happy Halloween Cupcakes!

Alan and Karen