It all started when I was invited to a Tiki-themed potluck and was assigned the job of "baking something." I decided to make cupcakes.

Why did I choose cupcakes?

Cupcakes are friendly!
Cupcakes are stylish!
Cupcakes are nostalgic!
Finally, cupcakes are portable!

The Tiki Cupcakes were a huge success.

So when my street had a block party I again baked cupcakes. When I was invited to an art opening, cupcakes. A friend's thirty-ninth birthday, a Halloween party, an Academy Award party, cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes.

I started making them all the time. Experimenting with recipes and decorations just for fun. I see cupcakes as art. I consider all three parts -the cake, the icing and the decorations- all work together to make a good cupcake experience. Over five years I have developed thousands of recipes and decorating combinations. Three hundred are in my book Crazy About Cupcakes. On this web site I'd like to share some of them and more with you. Good eating!

Krystina Castella
Los Angeles, CA

The Book


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Go cupcake crazy! With nearly 300 mouthwatering ideas to choose from, home bakers will find the right recipe for any occasion and every mood. And whether they’re chocolaty, spicy, crunchy, fruity, or creamy, these exquisitely decorated treats look as astounding as they taste—perfect little temptations designed to make adults nostalgic and children happy.

Crazy About Cupcakes includes five chapters: Holiday, Parties, and Events and Occasions, Everyday and Kid’s cupcakes. For decorators wanting to expand their skills I have included a Baking and Decorating Techniques chapter.

Crazy About Cupcakes
By Krystina Castella
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Price: $17.95 (Canada $25.95)
Pages: 256 Softcover, 8 x 9
Full color photography throughout

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The Web Site

Every time we bake a batch of cupcakes there are 18-24 blank cupcakes to decorate. With some creativity, inspiration and very few ingredients each cupcake can be a unique expression. Choosing a favorite cupcake from a batch that suites your personal taste is part of the enjoyment. offers inspirational recipes and decorating techniques for cupcake lovers who enjoy the process of baking and decorating as much as sharing and eating their artistic creations. It features tips, techniques and skills needed to design cupcakes that are uniquely your own.

Throughout the year this site features timely recipes, and highlights inspirational decorating techniques.

Thanks for checking in and come back soon.

Featured Cupcakes

Featured Technique

The Author

Krystina is an industrial designer who designs environments, furniture, clothing, stationery, housewares, toys and cupcakes. She is a professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.

Crazy About Cupcakes combines her lifetime love of baking with her design and teaching experience.

“Crazy about Cupcakes started by thinking about the possibilities cupcakes hold. My recipes combine flavors and decorations that co-exist to form tastes, feelings and moods for every event and occasion. For example, for Thanksgiving I developed pecan, maple walnut and and cranberry recipes and for cocktail parties I developed flavors and garnishes inspired by mixed drinks. Building tiered cupcakes into unique cupcake forms and designing graphic patterns with toppings to create candy cupcakes are a few of my playful decorating techniques”

For author questions, comments, interviews

Krystina is co-author and photographer of Discovering Nature’s Alphabet with her husband, Brian Boyl.


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