Jan 23, 2012

GIVEAWAY!! Sugarlicious sneak peek prize pack AND piping frosting on cupcakes



Another week, another giveaway to celebrate the almost-release of Sugarlicious!! (To learn more about the book, CLICK HERE.) This week I'm giving away five more of the super sweet Prize Packs my publisher created. In addition to the little 16-page sneak peek booklet of Sugarlicious, you get these prizes:


The Prize Pack includes:

an adorable apron
a hot pink oven mitt
a cutie spatula
a kitchen-friendly booklet with some recipes
some handy post-it notes for your Sugarlicious notes

And this week I'm giving away FIVE prize packs
I'm also throwing in some cupcake liners and a few tips.
(scroll to the end of this post for details)

This week, let's discuss cupcakes!! I'm pretty sure we can stop talking about cupcakes as a "trend," too. Cupcakes are cute, decorate-able, portion-controlled perfection, and they are here to stay. But I do have a very important question for you.

 Pipe vs. Spread
How do you frost cupcakes?

Now I'm not averse to spreading frosting on cupcakes with a spatula. Gosh, it's how I was raised. But once I started getting into piping, I spread no more. I find it's so much quicker and easier to pipe frosting with a bag and tip.


how to pipe frosting on cupcakes

you will need:
cupcakes
frosting (or storebought, but NOT royal icing)
food coloring (optional)
decorating bag
coupler
decorating tips
rubber band

a word about supplies:

decorating bags. I use 12-inch disposable decorating bags, available at the craft store. It'd be easier to use larger bags because you'd be able to pipe on more cupcakes without refilling, but I use the 12-inch for cookie decorating and I don't like to buy more than one box. So I refill every few cupcakes.

couplers and decorating tips. You'll find these in the craft store, too. I use standard size couplers and tips. But for cupcakes, you can use the larger sizes if you prefer. It's actually much easier to go larger, but I'm cheap, I mean frugal, and just my cookie decorating supplies, so that's why I just use the standard size of both of these. Just make sure that whatever tips you buy fit on the couplers you buy. (So standard/standard or big/big.)

frosting. I use this recipe for frosting (not the royal icing). But you can use store-bought, too. You may want to thicken it a bit with confectioner's sugar. For piping cupcakes, a little thicker than the spreadable consistency in the can is preferred. You want the frosting to be thick enough to hold it's shape (scoop a spoonful and make sure it doesn't move) but not so super-thick you can't squeeze it out of the bag.

UPDATE: A reader asked a fabulous question, why not royal icing?? It's all about consistency. Royal icing dries very hard (my recipe dries well enough to handle, though the other ingredients make it a little different from traditional royal icing and it doesn't dry very hard), so it's ideal for cookie decorating, as you are then able to handle and package your cookies. However, hard icing not so ideal for cupcakes. Better to use a butter-based frosting for those.


step one: assemble the decorating bag. Assemble the decorating bag with a decorating tip (see below for tips on tips) and coupler. To do this, remove the ring from the coupler. Fit the coupler in side the bag with the smaller end pushed towards the point. Snip the bag beneath the edge of the coupler so the coupler fits fully inside the bag. Put the decorating tip on the edge of the coupler (over the snipped bag), and secure with the ring. Fold a cuff and put the bag in a tumbler with the cuff over the rim (I use my daughter's Backyardigans cup). Fill with frosting, uncuff and close tightly with a rubber band.


step four: pipe the frosting
To pipe, hold the bag with your dominant hand by the rubber band. Steady the bag by placing your other hand on top of your dominant hand and squeeze with consistent pressure. Start at the center of the cupcake, move to the edge and pipe round and round in a spiral and pull away quickly at the top.



Which tip to use??

You can use pretty much any of the fancy schmancy type tips. Don't worry too much about which one, since they all look pretty cool. You got your open star (with teeth), closed star (with teeth turned in), petals (long and flat), round (um, round)... I'm partial to the open stars, less teeth, the bigger the better. Below are a few examples...



 





 




now let's get to the GIVEAWAY!! 


How do you frost your cupcakes?


THE GIVEAWAY

So this week I get to give FIVE of you the awesome Prize Pack,
and I'm throwing in some cupcake liners, too!

to ENTER to WIN:

the sneak-peek thingamajig AND 
 the awesome Prize Pack that includes 
an oven mitt, spatula, apron, a few recipes, post-its AND 
cupcake liners AND
three decorating tips, bags and couplers
(reminder, the sneak peek is NOT the book itself which is available February 7th)

leave a comment here before 
Thursday, January 26th, midnight, EST 


(Sorry folks, funds are limited so I have to keep this US addresses only!)



    164 comments:

    1. Hello! I'm 38 weeks super-pregnant and my baby boy is due on your release date! I would SO love to win! I am in the UK, BUT My friend in the USA would take delivery for me and send it on; she knows how much I love your work! Congratulations on the book by the way, I cannot wait for it to be released :) Thank you for always making my day prettier with your work :)

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    2. I want to win. I have your book pre-ordered and I can hardly wait until it arrives!! WOO HOO! Love all your work!!

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    3. I was not lucky last week so hopefully I will be luckier this week - love your blog and your giveaway.

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    4. LOVE to pipe frosting onto my cupcakes. It's SO much easier! Can't wait to see your book...it'd be awesome to get a sneak peek!

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    5. I pipe now too, so much easier, but I pipe from the outside in. I get to make a bit of a mountain of icing that way:)

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    6. Thanks for the quick tutorial and the great giveaway!

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    7. Thank you so much for the post! I had one of those AH HA! moments. I always fight with the bag as I try to fill it, I never thought to put it in a cup, with the bag opened & rolled over the sides! Genius! (and why didn't I think of that ha ha!!!!) We appreciate your give-aways as well!!! Thanks a million!!!!!!

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    8. Since I have been introduced to the wonderful world of tips I pipe. Great giveaway.

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    9. I have pre-ordered your book from Amazon and can't wait until it arrives! In the mean time I'd love the sneek peek and the prize.
      Your work is fantastic and I've followed you for over a year. I also use your icing recipe and love it. Thanks for the inspiration!
      Jeanetta (debuskjl@gmail.com)

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    10. I always pipe. I find it too difficult to ice by hand. Love your tips. Thank you for sharing!

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    11. Love your blog, I need to win!!!

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    12. Your book looks amazing! I hope I win :)

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    13. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway.

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    14. I'm still battling the piping technique. I follow your instructions to the "t". Would love to win your wonderful prizes. You are the best. Can't wait to get your book next month.

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    15. I need all the help and tips that I can get. It looks so easy!

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    16. I love your blog! Can't wait for the book! Would love to win :)

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    17. I would LOVE to win this! thanks for the giveaway!

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    18. Love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    19. I enjoy so much your blog and ideas that this would just make my february even better.

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    20. I would love to win. Thanks for a chance to win.

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    21. I would LOVE to win this. My new years resolution this year is to learn to decorate cookies/cupcakes. This would come in VERY handy at my house right now:)
      Thanks for this awesome giveaway.
      Pauline
      Pauline at tinkertoys dot net

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    22. Your stuff is just soooo cute! I really hope to win this !

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    23. I would love this for my sister

      burns1519 at hotmail dot com

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    24. Just started piping cupcakes. I still like the old fashioned way just depends on my mood ;)

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    25. I use both methods of frosting cupcakes. For me it really depends on the occasion. I am adding to my piping tip collection and I would love to win a few more!

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    26. I love making and decorating cupcakes. I mostly pipe the frosting unless theme requires flat surface then I spread. Love your blog and look forward to winning this lovely giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck with the release of Sugarlicious book!

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    27. I love to PIPE. Then, if I want it smoother I just smooth with my spatula. Less mess that way. I learned the bag in a cup trick in a decorating class years ago and it just rocked my world! Awesome tip.

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    28. I usually spread, but you made piping look so easy, I'll have to try! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    29. HI! I'm like you...i used to spread like my mom used to do until I learned about a piping bag and tip!!!
      monirr04@yahoo.com

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    30. I would LOVE to win all that. Sign me up. :)

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    31. I would love to make pretty cupcakes like this. Mine are always so boring.

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    32. I always pipe my cupcakes, it's so easy and actually saves time over spreading.

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    33. Of course I want to win. I like to pipe frosting as well, I'm still learning, boy on TV decorating cakes and cupcakes looks so easy but it's not that easy. At least not for me, I know practice makes perfect. I try my best! I may take a cake decorating class down the street from my house to get the hang of it.

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    34. I love cupcakes and would LOVE to win this prize pack!! :)

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    35. I would love to win this prize pack. I love baking and getting better is one of my goals.

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    36. I currently spread frosting, but am hoping that after the cake decorating class I take in a few weeks I will be better at piping!

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    37. I would love to win that prize pack!!

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    38. I love piping cupcakes and I love your work. Fingers crossed :)

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    39. I'm so happy to be able to leave a comment today. It wouldn't work yesterday for some reason, so yay for today. Thank you for the giveaway and opportunity to win. Congratulations on all your hard work paying off! Thank you for the tips today-great post!

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    40. What a fun, fun giveaway! Would love to win!
      Red8car@aol.com

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    41. Great tips and photos! Thank you! And yes please enter me in the giveaway! :)

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    42. I have and love your first book, 2nd book is on preorder and can't wait!! Would love to win!!

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    43. For some reason, I am terrible at piping, but you make it look really easy. I usually spread, messily...

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    44. Great tutorial! So excited for you... & excited for ME to win ;)

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    45. Great tutorial! I frost my cupcakes the old fashion way with a knife. But I am going to try piping the frosting next time. Looks very easy.

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    46. I like to frost my cupcakes with either the star or open tips. But by the time we add some sprinkled, or sugar decorations, it kinda doesn't matter. I love experimenting w/ ideas, so thanks for sharing!

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    47. I pipe my cupcakes, so much quicker than spreading, which is how I grew up doing cupcakes. I think just about anyway you do your cupcakes is great except when people use an ice cream scoop and just but a giant glob on top. That really bothers me =)

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    48. YAY! I love this giveaway! Congratulations on your book, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! :) Oh, and I pipe my cupcakes - it's so much more fun!! :)

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    49. awesome! thanks for a chance to win!

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    50. Great cupcake frosting tutorial..I need to branch out of the 1M that is for sure...I like the ruffle feel of the 2D tip too....I am getting SO excited for you!!

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    51. I used to just use a knife, but I have branched out to decorator tips (actually is less messy and faster! not to mention prettier!) or candy and cookie decorations (reindeer over the holidays!). Thanks for the opportunity! ladydevine73@hotmail.com

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    52. In the past, I've always just spread...but now I am inspired to pipe. I have all the tools, so hopefully it will work. Thanks for the tips on how to fill the bag. That always seems like the messiest part.

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    53. Would love to win! Everything looks like fun to use.

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    54. I would love to win!!!!! I'm going to be decorating cupcakes for my friends wedding and this would be awesome!!! Thanks! LOVE this website!! adeinhart209@sbcglobal.net

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    55. This prize is adorable! I know someone who would LOVE it!

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    56. This book looks awesome! I would love to win. By the way, I pipe frosting onto my cupcakes. Love the neater look!

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    57. I would LOVE to win!! I like to pipe the frosting onto my cupcakes. The petal tip is the best! And so much prettier than just slapping it on there :)

      Email: braincolor@aol.com

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    58. What an exciting prize package...I would love to win. I spread the cupcakes still most of the time but love the look of piping it. Congrats on your book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    59. i like to frost my cupcakes as high as gravity will allow. a ratio of frosting to cake 4:1 works for me.

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    60. Would love to win this for my daughter as she is getting ready to leave for culinary school and decorating is her passion.

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    61. I always pipe and I'd love to win!

      alexandbob@hotmail.com

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    62. Hi - So exciting to have your creative talent published into a book. I love to bake too and cupcakes are what I enjoy best - little mini delights! Thanks for the chance to win :o)

      ~Chrissy
      www.myhootdesigns.com

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    63. Hoping to win!
      I usually pipe icing on cupcakes. I did find a neat technique that was intended for cookies, but I think it applies to anything iced.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxE-pnqmsE0
      It makes clean-up a breeze, especially when using non-disposable bags.
      My daughter and I love to bake, and hope to win your book!

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    64. Hopefully I will win this week :0) I frost my cupcakes using the same techniques you use. I like using a 1M or 2D tip with a large coupler and disposable piping bags. Congrats again on your new book!!
      email: jmoorecoupons (at) aol (dot) com

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    65. I would so love to win this! I found your blog like class for me.Thank you!

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    66. Thank you! My cupcakes were not so cute, and now I know where I went wrong. Your giveaway looks super fun. I hope choose me!

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    67. I haven't made very many cupcakes as of late but will be making some soon and plan to pipe on the frosting. It looks so much prettier that way.

      Beth @ Hungry Happenings

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    68. I'm a spatula spreader, but might have to break out the old piping supplies! Very pretty!

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    69. Hi again-
      Please enter me in this week's giveaway!

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    70. I always pipe frosting on my cupcakes and would love the prize pack!

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    71. Piping Frosting is definitely the way to go!!! It's very fast, easy and looks "professional!" And, best of all, no messy, sticky fingers!!

      Looking forward to your book!!! I pre-ordered it on Amazon as soon as you announced it!! Would LOVE to get a sneak peek!

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    72. I love the pink houndstooth cupcake liners!
      After visiting this blog almost daily I finally faced my fears and tried the marshmallow fondant. It was a success! I was able to make fondant topped cupcakes as the favors for my godchild's Baptism. :)

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    73. I would love to win!!!!!!!! Thank you for showing the different techniques with the tips!!! Very helpful.

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    74. I would l♥ve to win!!! I pipe my cupcakes too. If I win I would share with my daughter, she is 12 years old, and has is spending lots of time in the kitchen with me. Baking is such a wonderful way for my daughter and I to spend time together. Congratulations on your new book. I will definitely be picking up a copy ;)

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    75. I pipe with an open star and want to win!

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    76. Love your blog. Thanks for the give a way. Really want your book, Congratulations. lputm@hotmail.com

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    77. I use a good old spatula but it looks easy enough to pipe it on. I'll have to try it!
      mommy.2kidsnc(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    78. I just started piping my cupcakes. I use to use just a spatula and I course your awesome frosting, but decided to step it up now that my daughter is growing up and actually cares about presentation rather than just te taste.

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    79. I agree that once I started piping it was much easier and faster. I also start out piping from the outside and then in. I'll have to try it the way you recommended and see what works better. Always love your post!

      fuzzygreengnome@hotmail.com

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    80. I would love to win! I'm just getting into cookie decorating and I'm so glad I found your blog. Can't wait for your book!

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    81. I would LOVE to win this amazing prize pack :)! I just stumbled onto your website and I LOVE it! I am definitely a "piper". There is a time to spread and a time to pipe and I mostly pipe. I am also addicted to mini-cookie cutters because the shapes fit so perfectly on my cupcakes!

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    82. I LOVE your blog and the recipes and the ideas and the PINK! I like to pipe on my cupcakes....spreading tends to pull the cake off and not as pretty! I'm SUPER excited to get your book....and LOVE the pink!
      Barbie

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    83. Piping is the way to go!! Can't wait til the book is finally out.

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    84. I would love to win this package. I have a cookie cutter club meeting February 4th with a country theme and we are suppose to wear an apron. I don't own an apron. If I win the apron everyone will ask what my apron means and I can tell them about your new book. They love that kind of stuff. Hey it's Kate the lady that makes the peacock cookies.

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    85. hmm...i'll have to try that piping...makes the cupcakes look gourmet

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    86. I use a spatula but only because I don't have decorator bags or tips. I'd love to invest in some someday, but I am disabled and unable to work, so it isn't in the budget right now. Piping makes them so pretty!

      sarah_mae_ at hotmail dot com

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    87. All Alone N Sad in LifeJanuary 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      I am new to baking and blogging (is that what you call it?). In fact, yours is the first one I have subscribed to. I love the cover of your book and the beautiful and delicious looking things you make.

      I do have a question: Why NOT royal icing? And what is royal icing?

      I would love to win, but will be happy to know that you and your site (blog?) are here for me to come to for help and ideas.

      Congratulations and a Happy Life to you (all)

      bethcobb13@gmail.com

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    88. I would love to win! I have just recently had the time to read more blogs (since been laid off, after 20 years). My husband is encouraging me to follow my love of cooking and mainly baking and see what I can do with it! It would be wonderful to have these beautiful items!! xoxox You have a very wonderful blog!!

      Alice
      aew569@aol.com

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    89. I used to always spread my frosting until I started decorating cookies just recently! Now I pipe...I think it looks prettier & we eat with our eyes too:)

      I'd love to win!! Congrats on your book...it's like delivering a new baby! (My daughter just found out she is pregnant with baby #3 yesterday so I have babies on the brain!!)

      Thanks,
      s.nienhuis@live.com

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    90. Can't wait for the new book! I love checking out your blog for inspiration, as I am uddia budding cookie artist/decorator:)
      lindsay_boger@yahoo.com

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    91. Thanks for the great tutorial and the chance to win the awesome giveaway!!

      kelly@siblingstew.com

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    92. Thanks for all the great decorating tips!

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    93. What a great prize package! Thanks for the decorating tips!

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    94. What a GREAT giveaway for bakers like me. I would love to share this with my son's girlfriend, as she is learning to bake and loves it.

      Thanks for your kindness and generosity.

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    95. I enjoyed your tutorial on how to pipe very much. I usually use the round tip but I would like to try using the petal tip. I want to win!! Congratulations on your book.

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    96. Maybe today is a less crazy day for you! Would love to win your sneak peek prize pak. My son loves cupcakes!

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    97. Great giveaway! Would love to win it.

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    98. These prizes are adorable! I love to bake and I love the decorated cookie! My baking buddies (aka my neighbors, best friends, basically sisters) bake cupcakes all the time! The girls always let me pipe the frosting on because its my favorite part! (besides tasting) Would love to win! We are 18, 13 and 10 and someday hope to own our own bakery! Thanks you for your tips and blog! Love it!

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    99. I'm from central america and I definitely admire your work of art! I'm getting ready to buy your book on february! I have family in california who would receive the delivery and send it down here to me! i really want to win!!!

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    100. I both pipe frosting and use a knife to spread. Depends on if the kids are helping!

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    101. Thank you for your blog. Just found you today because I was searching for decorating cupcakes for a special program where I am providing refreshments! I'd love to win!!!!
      kimmers_zoo@hotmail.com

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    102. I would love this prize pack. I almost always pipe my frosting on. Thanks for the chance

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    103. I use a spatula but after reading your directions I'll certainly try piping them. Used your cookie icing recipe "Almost Royal Icing" during the holidays and it worked just great. So much better than just royal icing. My grandchildren had a ball decorating all those cookies and with the new icing recipe they even tasted good.
      Hope I win.

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    104. I also used to spatula, but now only use a decorating bag and tip. SOOO much easier, and prettier too!

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    105. Love your site and want this book! AWESOME giveaway, my fingers are crossed! Thanks for the chance and God bless!

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    106. I have found it's so much fun to pipe the frosting on that I tend to do that more. And I have to admit that I haven't tried different tips, so now I'm going to give that a go as well. Thanks!

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    107. I like the open star tip the best, but they all are great. Just love cupcakes

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    108. Just found your blog and am uber excited to try out some of your recipes! Winning would just be a bonus:)

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    109. I always wondered how bakeries make the cupcakes look so nice. Now I know. Can't wait to try this. I think I like the star tip the best! Thanks for sharing. ☺

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    110. YAY
      Yes i would love to win :)
      I love cupcakes
      Cheers
      Catie

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    111. I always use decorating tips to frost my cupcakes. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

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    112. Sign me up to win! I've pre-ordered your book.. cannot wait!!

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    113. Please enter me in your drawing! And I agree with you. Once I started piping frosting on my cupcakes there was no going back. It just gives it a cuter look in my opinion! Can't wait to see your book.

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    114. Love your blog! and would love to win :) keep up the amazing work!

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    115. I pipe, crazy flowers, grass, swirls, stars ... it takes forever, but it's the best part of baking cupcakes :) Oh yes, if I do win - it's not for me but my very dearest friend, I have only seen once in 8 years .. Love my best friend, Susan from Provo Utah ..

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    116. I just discovered your blog through pinterest, and am now a new follower. Congrats on the new book. I look forward to following.

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    117. Piping is soooo much easier. I love cupcakes.

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    118. I love me some cupcakes!

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    119. Yum! Please enter me in your drawing.

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    120. I frost my cupcakes the easy way - with piping bags!

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    121. I just found your blog, and am loving it! I'm just getting into piping, and LOVE IT!!! My 5 year old daughter also love to pipe, and she's pretty good! We'd love to win some goodies, and we are ordering your book!

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    122. So far, I've only been a spreader, but I'd love to master the piping method since they look so much prettier. I love this prize package

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    123. Would love to add to my cookie book collection

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    124. Still spreading on icing - the pink spatula would come in handy!

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    125. I've always been a spreader but have been thinking I need to start piping - this would push me over the edge! Doesn't it take more frosting that way? It looks like it would. Thanks for all the help and the chance at the lovely giveaway!

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    126. My girls and I would love to win!

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    127. I'm a novice at piping but would love to practice some more. Pick me!!!
      Sally
      P.S. thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    128. Congrats on the new book! I found your blog through Craft Gossip and I love it!

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    129. Wonderful giveaway. I would love to give all this girly pink equipment to my granddaughter for her birthday. We spend many happy hours together baking on the weekends. Her favorite color is pink. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    130. Congrats on your new book! I would love to win!!

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    131. Wow, those are awesome looking cupcakes! I wish mine turned out like that too!

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    132. I need to pipe more...love your prize pack- great giveaway!

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    133. So enjoy the tips, ideas, and of course the givaways! I'm never very lucky but I keep trying!

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    134. That was great about the piping techniques! I would love to win. Looking forward to seeing the book :)

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    135. Holy smokes, I would love to win this! LOVE your blog :) mia DOT cupcake AT yahoo

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    136. I used to only spread the icing on, but love how they look like store bought when you take the extra time. :)

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    137. I love all of the piping options with different tips. Thanks!

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    138. I am working more and more on my cupcake decorating and moving somewhat away from cakes for a while to really get on top of my skills with cupcakes and cookies. This is an awesome gift to give away.
      I enjoy your blog! I would like my blog to one day grow as yours has.

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    139. Awesome give away and tutorial!

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    140. I would love to win!!!
      BTW I'm the spatula kind of gal when it comes to frosting cupcakes...never seem to find the right tip to pipe the frosting

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    141. The book looks like it's going to be amazing!!


      celestialchic21@yahoo.com

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    142. I would L<3VE to win this!! I pipe all my cupcakes! I actually just tweaked a recipe and made a trial batch last night that actually turned out great! this would help me out so much! I cant wait to get your book too! all the tips and tricks I can get :)

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    143. My go-to is piping with a 1M tip! The frosting is beautiful every time :)

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    144. Awesome giveaway. This is great for someone like myself that is just getting started. I love your blog and am inspired daily to try new things, thanks

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    145. I just started working with cupcakes and I love piping the frosting...I love the rose swirl. Love your blog!!!

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    146. the prizes seem like a small moment to shine in the kitchen and beam smiles to those you love.. all dressed up in kindness. lovely! I am so proud to be able to post! you are an amazing chef!
      DC

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    147. Thank you for showing which tip to use for each technique!

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