What’s New Cupcake? **GIVEAWAY** (Bye Bye Cupcake!)

March 15, 2010 at 9:40 AM | Posted in cupcakes, giveaway | 175 Comments
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Most “normal” people have count downs to their birthdays or anniversaries or other special occasions. Me? I’m far from normal. I hate bananas. I write haikus. I’m allergic to lobster. I like acronyms. I have a count down for What’s New Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Also check out their blog (here).

T minus 16 days and counting! No foolin’!

Get it? Because it comes out on April 1st. I crack myself up. Har har har….

Since I’m in a generous mood, what about a **GIVEAWAY** to make the time go by faster?

So… here’s the 411. I’m planning to interview Karen and Alan about their new book, their old book, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I figured why not ask my readers to help me come up with questions.

Reader: Wait, CB. You left out some important information. What do *I* win if I help you with said interview questions?
CB: How does a copy of Hello Cupcake sound?
Reader: I guess that’s kinda cool.
CB: Not too impressed, eh? Ok ok. How about I make the deal even sweeter with… a SIGNED COPY of What’s New Cupcake??
Reader: Now you’re talking!

Here are a couple questions to help get your inner Katie Couric going.

(1) What were you both doing before collaborating on Hello, Cupcake series?
(2) How did you both meet?
(3) How long did it take from initial concept to publishing your first book, Hello Cupcake?
(4) What is your favorite cupcake flavor?
(5) What is your favorite project from Hello, Cupcake?

Since I’m running on 1 hour less sleep than I’m use to, I’ll let you all take over now.

Ready… set… GO!

Don’t forget to read the fine print.

(1) Everyone is eligible for this one!
(2) Please make sure you have a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.

To enter leave a comment:
Ask Karen and Alan a question. Anything! (But they reserve their right to plead the 5th! HA!) (Bye Bye Cupcake! Time’s up!)

Enter as many times as you want but please ask each question as a separate entry.
Multiple questions in one comment will only be counted once.

Want another entry?
– Twitter (@ihcuppycakes) about my giveaway and leave me a separate comment with the link. Click “x time ago” under your tweet for the direct link. (+1 entry)

Deadline: Monday, March 22nd @ 11:59pm EST

Winners will be chosen by Mr. Random Generator.

PS- Less than 12 hours left to enter Cupcake Hero:: March [Caramel]. The clock is ticking…



  1. 1
    I’d like to know what the worst cupcake they ever made was!

  2. 2
    How did you get started making such Beautiful Cupcakes?? What was your first one that everyone just loved???

  3. 3
    What inspires you? Is it the candy that inspires the cupcake design or is it the design that inspires the way you use the candy?

  4. 4
    Isn’t all this fussy decorating a lot of trouble? I’m a no frosting kinda gal, so maybe I just don’t get it.

  5. 5
    Did you have a lay-person (you know, your average baker on the street) try any of these decorating recipes out before you put them in the book? You’re a pro! Just because you say it’s easy doesn’t mean it’d be easy for a non-decorator like me. What’s the skill level here?

  6. 6
    Were you two always interested in decorating cupcakes? Or did that happen because of the book?

  7. 7
    What sets What’s New apart from Hello?

  8. 8
    Do you have a place for a helper? LOL, this, just because I’m thinking it would be pure heaven to play in all those mounds of candy you guys must have stored!

  9. 9
    And a P.S to that one – Can we please see pictures of your candy storage area??

  10. 10
    How long does it take you on average to make a batch of these beautifully decorated cupcakes? I feel like it takes me hours upon hours…does it get quicker?

  11. 11
    I love Hello Cupcake and would love to receive a copy!
    I’d like to know who gets to be the taste tester for all of the trials before she comes up with the final cupcakes!

  12. 12
    Do you have any baking/decorating tips for the novice baker?

  13. 13
    What is the easiest cupcake to make (from your book)?

  14. 14
    What is the most difficult cupcake to make (from your book)?

  15. 15
    If you were a cupcake, what kind of cupcake would you be?

  16. 16
    What is your biggest kitchen/cupcake catastrophe?

  17. 17
    How often do you eat cupcakes in your daily life? 5 a day? 10? :)

  18. 18
    Are you guys planning a series of CUPCAKE books?
    Love your work, congrats!

  19. 19
    What’s the best cupcake related advice you’ve ever recieved?

  20. 20
    I absolutely adore the Hello Cupcake book. I can’t wait for this new one to come out. And now for my question:

    Can I please come live with you and be your taste-tester???

  21. 21
    how did you first fall in love with cupcakes?

  22. 22
    do you bake together, or are you as OCD and protective about cupcakes as I am?

  23. 23
    Do you have any professional baking training?

  24. 24
    I’d like to know where they came up with such cute ideas! The first book is fantastic and I love it!

  25. 25
    Speaking of birthdays mine is in a two weeks, so this would be an AWESOME present ;)
    Anyway here’s the question. How did their interest for cupcakes begin?

  26. 26
    What’s their personal favorite cupcake from What’s New Cupcake?

  27. 27
    How often do you attempt new ideas?

  28. 28
    How often are your attempts a fail? A success?

  29. 29
    What is the craziest/oddest ingredient they have used in a cupcake?

  30. 30
    What is the one piece of kitchen equipment you could not bake without (excluding an oven)?

  31. 31
    Any cupcake ideas they couldn’t quite figure out yet?

  32. 32
    How did you decide on what cupcakes made it to the book?

  33. 33
    How did you go about publishing your first book? I would like to publish a book one day and I have no idea how to get started.

  34. 34
    When is the 3rd book coming out? Is it going to be more cutting edge? Such as the savory cupcakes? Or something with a fresh take?

  35. 35
    Which recipe comes with the best story (maybe one that was especially difficult to come up with or just kept running into difficulties with)? And what is the story?

  36. 36
    Does anyone get tired that you always have cupcakes?

  37. 37
    What’s the worst -or possibly best- kitchen disaster that you’ve ever had?

  38. 38
    What are their favorite cupcake flavors?!

  39. 39
    Which cupcake design is the best in your opinion?

    Which design is your most favorite to make?

    What is the best part of making a book like this?

  40. 40
    I’d like to know if they ever plan to write a book about something other than cupcakes! Not that cupcakes aren’t awesome but a book about weird and wonderful other baked goods would be awesome too.

  41. 41
    Cupcakes are so in right now. I’d like to know if they see the cupcake craze ending or if it is a permanent fixture?

  42. 42
    What other kind of art do you do (or were cupcakes your first love)?

  43. 43
    Does it annoy you that you a box of cake mix is delicious, moist, and takes little effort?

  44. 44
    Do you ever feel like you’d rather die than see another cupcake? (for a short period of course!)

  45. 45
    What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve used when baking cupcakes :D?

  46. 46

    +1 entry!

  47. 47
    What in their lives gives them inspiration?

  48. 48
    What’s the best way to improve technique and creativity as a new baker?

  49. 49
    What are Karen and Alan individually best at? And how do they work together?

  50. 50
    How would you recommend storing and organizing all the wonderful cupcake toppings and sprinkles, etc. for the home baker who has a ton?

  51. 51
    What is your favorite “found” ingredient for making these cupcake creations?

  52. 52
    What design of cupcake started all of this?

  53. 53
    What is your cupcake flavor is your favorite?

  54. 54
    Do you take suggestions from people or come up with the ideas yourselves?

  55. 55
    Has you ever had any sort of cupcake disaster? If so, what? I like to hear when things go wrong as well as when things go well!

  56. 56
    What is your favorite flavor of cupcake to actually EAT?

  57. 57
    What was your worst cupcake attempt?

  58. 58
    What is your favorite holiday/event to design for?

  59. 59
    What kickstarted your love of cupcakes and cupcake decorating?

  60. 60
    If all of your cupcake flavors had to duke it out, which one do you think would be the last cake standing?

  61. 61
    Where do you get your inspiration?

  62. 62
    -which cupcake gets the most ooos and ahhs from people?

    -how much is too much for a cupcake?? 3, 5, 5 bucks?

    -has your kids ever said, “oh mom cupcakes again, can’t you make cookies?”

  63. 63
    how long did it take you guys to finish the book?

  64. 64
    planning to make another one after this?

  65. 65
    what are you doing to celebrate?

  66. 66
    how many recipes did you start out with, and how many did you end up publishing?

  67. 67
    how long have they been baking/decorating?

  68. 68
    how did they learn their techniques?

  69. 69
    what is the one advice you would give someone just starting out?

  70. 70
    is there something you wish you would have known from the start?

  71. 71
    how and/or why did you choose this cupcake for the cover?

  72. 72
    what made you want to start a book?

  73. 73
    Which famous person would you like to make a cupcake tribute too and what kind of cupcake would that be?

  74. 74
    Did you ever meet a cupcake you didn’t like?

  75. 75
    Did you two have lots of disagreements during the process of making this book?

  76. 76
    I’d ask whether there were any favorite cupcakes they had to leave out of the book either for space, or because the design was based on something trademarked/copyrighted (i.e. like a Harry Potter or a Coke cupcake) or some other reason.

  77. 77
    Are you a scratch baker, or box mixer?

  78. 78
    Are all your books going to be about cupcakes? I’d love to see cakes/cookies too. Or maybe something innovative like pies?

  79. 79
    Have cupcakes always been both your forte? Or is just because of the book?

  80. 80
    Favorite thing to bake for each of you?

  81. 81
    Favorite thing to decorate for each of you?

  82. 82
    Baking or decorating?

  83. 83

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!

  84. 84
    What do you do with all the cupcakes you must be making during the course of creating the book? I’d imagine that they would be too many to eat!

  85. 85
    Do you bake the cupcakes yourselves, or simply decorate them?

  86. 86
    What do you think of the whoopie pie?

  87. 87
    When and what cupcake was your first cupcake-eating experience?

  88. 88
    Do you have any “adult” cupcake recipes (with liquor)?

  89. 89
    How did you come up with the idea of the book?

  90. 90
    What’s the best thing about working together?

  91. 91
    Are cupcakes your first love?

  92. 92
    What sparked your interest in cupcake decorating?

  93. 93
    What is the number one tool an aspiring cupcaker needs?

  94. 94
    Have you ever given up on a cupcake creation and if yes, what was it supposed to be?

  95. 95
    What is your biggest cupcake disaster that turned out for the best?

  96. 96
    Sure, their cupcakes are beautiful and very creative, but what are their favorite cupcake FLAVOR combos?

  97. 97
    When you first started decorating cupcakes, how did you learn all of the tricks and come up with the creative ideas in the book?

  98. 98
    If you were a cupcake, what cupcake would you be?

    Also, have you ever thought of incorporating bacon into a cupcake? (if you haven’t already)

  99. 99
    Did you have any trouble convincing a publisher that Hello Cupcake would be a good “buy” for them? How did you find the publisher, or did they find you?
    (They’re related, so they’re really just 1 question :) )

  100. 100
    I extremely love cupcakes as well, although everything tastes wonderful, cupcakes are my weapon of choice when it comes to baking. So I’d probably ask them, “How did your love affair with cupcakes first start?” :)

  101. 101
    What is your earliest cooking/cupcake memory?

  102. 102
    Why did they gravitate to cupcakes? Instead of cakes, donuts or some other sweet?

  103. 103
    Where does your inspiration come from?

  104. 104
    What is your favorite cupcake in your book, Hello Cupcake?

  105. 105
    I was going to ask favorite cupcake flavor but I will ask where do you find your inspiration? How do you come up with such neat cupcake designs?

  106. 106
    What are the decorating staples without which a person cannot attempt the creations in your books?

  107. 107
    How do you manage to stay away from eating the hordes of cupcakes you must be surrounded with!

  108. 108
    Is it just the two of you, or do you have other people helping with ideas and such?

  109. 109
    You’ve done so much….What’s next for you? Another book? Are you going to move on from cupcakes? Where do you see yourself going?

  110. 110
    Where do you both find your inspiration to create new cupake looks?

  111. 111
    How do you come up with new ideas?
    How long does it take on average to make a dozen decorated cupcakes?
    What’s your favorite decorating medium – fondant, buttercream, etc?

  112. 112
    Have you made a cupcake wedding cake? Do you prefer the former or a traditional cake?

  113. 113
    Have you ever designed/consulted cupcakes for brick and mortar cupcakeries?

  114. 114
    What is the most bizarre tool that you’ve used to design your cupcakes?

  115. 115
    What was the first cupcake you designed?

  116. 116
    Are you surprised by how well your books have taken off?

  117. 117
    Will there be a third book?

  118. 117
    This has already been asked a few different ways, but…. “Where do you get the ideas for these cupcakes?” I’m so glad to know a second edition is coming out. I made the doggy cupcakes for my daughter’s 3rd birthday, and she still talks about them. She’s turning 5 in May and I have to do something GREAT. Thanks!

  119. 118
    What do you say to someone that is clumsy and lacks creative skill when it comes to making your cupcakes?

  120. 119
    What is your inspiration for the creative cupcakes?

  121. 120
    I’d love to know their source of inspiration, of course, but also how they plan and build and design the decorations. How long does it take? Do the designs get drawn out on paper, or tried out with frosting right away?

  122. 121
    If you weren’t creating cupcakes and publishing fabulous cookbooks, what would you be doing? And anything vaguely related to baking/cooking is off limits!

  123. 122
    Why cupcakes?

  124. 123
    What baking tool could you not live without?

  125. 124
    Why cupcakes?

  126. 125
    What was the most uniquely flavoured cupcake you ever made?

  127. 126
    Why cupcakes and not cakes?

  128. 127
    What was your biggest cupcake experiment disaster?

  129. 128
    What are the worst flavors you have tried together that failed?

  130. 129
    What is the weirdest flavor combination that actually worked?

  131. 130
    Do you have fun creating ant other form of food (ie: cakes, pies, savory, etc)?

  132. 131
    What is the one utensil you absolutely can not live with out?

  133. 133
    Do you have any special training?

  134. 134
    Which of you do most of the cooking? Cleaning?

  135. 135
    Have you ever looked into baking with different flours, like spelt, whole wheat, oat, etc?

  136. 136
    How did you start decorating cupcakes? What make you pick cupcakes over say cake or cookies?

  137. 137
    What’s the best mistake you’ve ever made related to decorating cupcakes?

  138. 138
    Which was the hardest cupcake for you to come up with? How do you decide what to use when decorating a cupcake?

  139. 139
    What was the most disastrous cupcake ever? and if how did it happen?

  140. 140

  141. 141
    What’s your favorite thing to bake beyond cupcakes?

  142. 142
    What do you eat for dessert on your birthdays?

  143. 143
    Do you bake for hire?

  144. 144
    Do you think cupcakes will ever be “over”?

  145. 145
    If you had to replace one meal with a cupcake every day for the rest of your life, which flavor would it be?

  146. 146
    What are your personal favorite cakes that you’ve made?

  147. 147
    How did you decide on the new book’s name?

  148. 148
    What’s your favorite animal to put on a cupcake?

  149. 149
    How do you know that a cupcake recipe is “the one”?

  150. 150
    What do you say to the folks out there that are cupcake haters? Do you try to change their minds, or let them go on living a sad cupcake-less life? :)

  151. 151
    Are there any films that have inspired certain cupcake designs?

  152. 152
    Do you just sit around and think of cupcake designs all day long? I would love to do that haha

  153. 153
    What was the hardest thing to do when planning for your books/recipes? Did you have any previous classes in the chemistry of baking? Have you thought about making a book on the chemistry of baking for the beginning baker?

    Have fun with your interview!! Break a leg!

  154. 154
    What made you choose cupcakes over cakes to decorate?

  155. 155
    Could you survive on cupcakes, all day, every day?

  156. 156
    Personal favorite designs?

  157. 157
    Best event to make cupcakes for?

  158. 158
    What is the best cupcake mistake?

  159. 159
    Worst failure?

  160. 160
    What other books can we expect out of you?

  161. 161
    How do you decide on the name’s of the book, especially Hello Cupcake [I’ve always loved the name]

  162. 162
    Have you had previous training/experience in decorating?

  163. 163
    How did you two meet?

  164. 164
    What gives you daily inspiration for creating beautiful cupcakes?

  165. 165
    Will you collaborate on other decoration books – or just stick to cupcakes?

  166. 166
    Truthfully, do you like cake mix cake or scratch cake better?

  167. 167
    Truthfully, which do you prefer taste-wise: frosting from a can (store bought) or homemade?

  168. 168
    What is your favorite curse word? Does it slip out if you make a mistake while baking/decorating? or do you just go with the flow?

  169. 169
    Design is such a talent unique to it’s beholder. Drawing on a tablet must be exciting for u.I can see design just driving down the highway or in my dreams. Decorating a big cake is to overwhelming, but cupcakes are the perfect size. Which do u prefer, coffee, tea or milk?

  170. 170
    Enjoying a cupcake made with less fat is great! Using apple sauce instead of oil or Cool Whip instead of Buttercream are still yummy. Even carrots + zucchini are good. Would a finely ground grain like wheat, with only egg white for binder + fluff be a good exchange for flour + whole egg?

  171. 171
    Have you ever had ‘creative differences’ over the making of the book?

  172. 172
    What is the next book we can expect out of you?

  173. 173
    Any advice you have for a newbie to cupcake decorating, like me?

  174. 174
    I’d ask if they think cupcakes are a craze, or here to stay.

  175. (This giveaway is now closed. Check back later for Alan and Karen’s interview!)

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