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hello, cupcake! the app! and a giveaway! (closed)

Can you tell how excited I am?

I am a huge fan of the books Hello, Cupcake!, What’s New Cupcake? and Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My! Authors Karen Tack and Alan Richardson have done an incredible job in creating books that allow anyone – even the most novice baker – to execute totally charming and professional-looking cupcakes.

I was impressed from the get-go with the detailed, easy-to-follow instructions in all of their books. As a passionate home-baker for over 25 years, I own more than my share of cookbooks. And it is SO frustrating to get your hands on a beautiful  book, only to find that the recipes are either unclear, incomplete or filled with mistakes.  These books are impeccably thought out, and appeal to any level of baker.

In addition, the quality of the photography is superb – you will literally want to make every project.

But it’s the simplicity of the projects that just blows me away. Even the cakes that have many steps or components – once you break them down – are not at all difficult. And there are no fancy tools, ingredients or equipment needed. They all use basic items (ziploc bags, scissors, paring knives) that you probably already have in your kitchen. The candies and cookies that are used to decorate the cupcakes are easy to find too.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn about the Hello Cupcake app. Alan was kind enough to let me give it a test run and I can honestly tell you that I love it (but don’t just take my word for it – it was named iTunes “App of the Week”).

hello cupcake app

The app (created by Culinate, and available for iPhone and iPad) includes 10 projects, cleverly displayed in cupcake tins. As more projects become available for purchase, you can add them to your “trays”. To begin, you simply tap the cupcake that you want to make, and are brought to a cute stop-action video that introduces you to the project. What follows are high quality videos and text that walk you through, step by step. Helpful voice-overs explain each step in even more detail.

There is also a series of videos illustrating all of the basic techniques (baking and frosting cupcakes, shaping candies and cookies, etc.) you’ll need to know. Even though I own the books and consider myself to be a pretty skilled baker, I really appreciate these extra videos – they are so clear and helpful, and in my opinion really enhance the value of this app.

hello cupcake app

hello cupcake appIf you don’t already own the books, then the app is a perfect introduction to the cupcake artistry of Karen and Alan.

hello cupcake app

Okay, okay – the giveaway!

I am so excited to have 3 apps (each valued at $2.99) to give away this week! Simply leave a comment below, telling me your favorite cupcake/frosting combination (I’m vanilla/vanilla. Unless there’s bacon. Bacon always trumps vanilla). Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment. The giveaway is open through Sunday, May 13th at 5 p.m. EST. The winners will be chosen at random, and announced on Monday, May 14th. Update: Esther F., Jennifer B. and Jen G. are the lucky winners. Thanks for playing!

hello cupcake app

Be sure to let all of your friends know too! And as Karen and Alan like to say, “Happy Cupcaking”!

Note: I was not compensated for this post. I received the app to review and have expressed my honest opinions here.


  1. Lisa on May 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Sheri, this looks like such a cool and fun app! I’m imagining the ease that comes with an recipe app like this one – especially for beginners (like me). Congratulations on your first giveaway – I’ll make sure to share it right now 🙂

  2. Meri on May 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Love this!! Especially since I just figured out how much I love to bake 🙂

  3. Jennifer on May 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Vanilla/Vanilla of course!(my daughter would LOVE this app!)

  4. jen on May 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

    hhmmm…favorite combo? chocolate cake/vanilla buttercream…or lemon cake/lemon cream cheese frosting?….or chocolate cake/peppermint buttercream?….or red velvet/cream cheese frosting….i can’t decide! thanks for the chance – what a cool app!!!

  5. Greetings from Texas! on May 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hmmm…I’m going to say vanilla cake, chocolate frosting. And we’ll have to talk about this bacon thing Sheri. I’m not so sure about that. Great post!

    • sheri silver on May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Vanilla cake. Maple buttercream. And a piece of caramlized bacon on top. Let’s talk……… 🙂

  6. Maria on May 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This app looks great I love their books! My favorite is coconut….top, bottom, in and out!

  7. Sarah on May 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I’m a carrot cake/cream cheese girl!

  8. Caroline U on May 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    So clever! I am blown away with all the amazingly cool apps out there these days. This one is a definite winner!

    I tweeted this for you too! 🙂 and xo!

    • sheri silver on May 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      You’re the best – many thanks! xo

  9. Sima on May 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    vanilla/vanilla is the best!

  10. Stephanie on May 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I am a chocolate girl myself. Chocolate with chocolate or chocolate with mocha maybe. Yum! Looks like a great app!

  11. Hotly Spiced on May 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    My favourite is definitely coconut. It gives the cupcake not only great flavour but wonderful texture too. That little duck is so cute! xx

  12. Estherf on May 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Vanilla bean all around!

  13. monica d. on May 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    You have to take me to try bacon inspired cupcakes because I hear of them but have never attempted to try! I’m a boring vanilla/choc combo gal…

  14. Jennifer Bartos on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Such a cute app. I LOVE chocolate and raspberry!

  15. Cyndi on May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    It’s gotta be the ducks! I’m great at making them!

  16. Norma Burke on May 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This is s tough one…banana cake/dutch choc … Yumm…

  17. Leah on May 9, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Im loving Hello Cupcake books over here in the UK and having so much fun whst making them! I must say I’m a Coffee cake/vanilla icing girl!! X

  18. Andie on May 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I have NEVER met a cupcake I didn’t like. So can I say ALL of the above? And those are beautiful!

  19. Arin on May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I’m a vanilla cupcake/ chocolate frosting gal!

  20. Sue on May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Cream cheese frosting. Its all about the frosting/icing for me. red velvet, carrot cake, all good if it has that frosting on top!

  21. Barbara on May 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    My favorite combo is chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. Next favorite is vanilla cake and fresh strawberry icing combo. Love Hello Cupcake!

  22. Angela on May 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hmm, strawberry cake with vanilla frosting. Yum! WIll have to check out Hello Cupcake. And I love your blog! Found it through Tumbleweed Boutique (I also ordered the box of dresses- so fun!).

    • sheri silver on May 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Tumbleweed! Waiting for my latest shipment as we speak! Thanks so much for writing! 🙂

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