Photo Cupcakes: Have your face and eat it too!

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cupcakes_1.jpgJust when you thought cakes and cupcakes couldn’t get any better, here come the happy and fun-loving folks over at Icing Images.

Simply send them your digital photograph and they send you back edible icing! Lickety split!

Your tasty photo icing arrives as sheets of sugar on paper backing, sealed in a plastic bag. You can slide it onto cakes, cookies, or cupcakes right away; or store it for up to 6 months. Instructions are included, and sizes range from 11×17 to 2.5” round so you have plenty of options.

Photo cupcakes are our new favorite thing. Read on to see how we made ours…

How to make your own photo cupcakes

1: Upload your Photo

Find a picture to put on your cupcakes. We used one of our friend Ella.

Upload your picture using this form at Icing Images. (You’ll need to sign in first.) We picked 12 2.5″ circles for $15.

If your picture doesn’t have a white background, trace out the subject in your favorite image editor before uploading it, or choose to have Icing Images cut it out for you for $4. Any white in your photograph will blend in nicely with the icing on your cupcakes.

2: Make Cupcakes

Your photo icing will take a few days to arrive, so this is a good time to research some cupcake recipes. Here’s Martha’s One-bowl Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous (and we hope you are), try your hand at a Thai Iced Tea Cupcake or a Cherry Chocolate Cupcake with Fennel Cream Cheese Frosting.

In general, you want to use white (or off-white) buttercream frosting. Store-bought works, too.

3: Frost Your Cupcakes

cupcakes_2.jpgYour photo icing will arrive flat-packed in a cardboard mailer, complete with instructions. Let the frosting chill out at room temperature for half an hour while you prepare the cupcakes.

Apply a good dollop of frosting to each cupcake, and spread it as flat as possible on top so the photo icing will bond well.

4: Apply your Photo Icing

cupcakes_3.jpgYou need to apply your photo icing while your frosting is still moist. It’s easy: just remove a circle from the ziplock bag it came in and lay it down on a cupcake, making sure it makes contact with the frosting throughout.

Let your cupcakes sit for a while and the photo and the frosting will meld into each other.

5: Enjoy!

Ta da! Eat, give them to a friend, or just look at ’em. We took ours out for a walk.


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You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



What are you waiting for?


Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

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