Cupcakes! Bake & Decorate


Description of App: 

The original cupcake app on the iPhone & iPod Touch- bake, decorate, and eat virtual cupcakes with all kinds of flavors & toppings, using real recipes!

  • Featured in "Our Favorite Things" - Disney FamilyFun magazine
  • "The cupcakes look so good I almost licked my phone." - Robin Rhys,
  • Over 6,000 five star ratings in the App Store.

Cupcakes! lets you bake, decorate, eat & share yummy cupcakes right from your iPod Touch or iPhone. Pick your cupcake liners, fill the pan with cake batter, pop it in the oven, and before you know it your cupcakes will come out piping hot. Shake your phone to get the cupcakes out of the pan and then choose from an amazing array of frostings and candy toppings, to build the perfect cupcake.Once you've baked and decorated your masterpieces, you can share them with your friends via email, Facebook, or save them to your photo albums. And of course you can eat them! Choose the tablecloth and plate to serve them on and you are ready for dessert.Features include:

  • 27 different cupcake batters (white, yellow, chocolate, strawberry, carrot cake, red velvet, lemon, confetti, marble, apple spice, blueberry muffin, pineapple, gingerbread and more!). Mix the cupcakes from scratch or use pre-made batter.
  • 32 different colors & patterns of cupcake liners, plus an option to create custom liners
  • 62 types of frosting, and a 'mix your own icing color' option
  • 80 candy toppings from gummy bears to sprinkles, fruit to nuts
  • 25 flavors of Jelly Belly gourmet jelly beans to add as toppings
  • 14 kinds of plates and 9 tablecloths, to give your cupcakes the perfect presentation
  • The ability to set your baking time, from lightly baked to crispy burnt cupcakes
  • Candles you can blow out by blowing on your phone! (shake for older iPods)
  • A "Cupcake of the Week" contest and a Hall of Fame for the best user submitted cupcakes

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known



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Accessibility Comments: 

I have kept the original information at the end of the post but as of 10/17/2012 update, everything seems to be working great. You no longer need to switch on and off VO to use the app. All tags are clearly labeled. The pan for baking has been modified so now you know where to put your batters and liners. The swipe gesture for taking off the wrapper seems to have disappeared but you can still tap around to eat the cupcake. I am also not totally sure why each time you take a bite of the cupcake it still says "Cupcake" but hey, it's a drastic improvement! You can also very easily use the timer. I haven't tried blowing out the candles yet so if someone has please let me know if this is accessible. What a great response from the Maverick software company to our requests! Original posting: I was not expecting much for this to be accessible from the beginning as it is mainly a graphics-based app. Upon launch, you can log in with your GamesCenter ID if you wish. Also make sure in your settings within the app that your sounds are turned on, otherwise as a VO user you may not get as much entertainment out of the app as I have. You may also want to disable the "Remove From Pan" step as it didn't work routinely enough for me with the hand gestures recommended. From here, you will need to toggle voiceover on and off to use the app but it is surprisingly addictive if you are a cupcake foodie. I will walk you through what I mean. All the headlines of each page are read and then across the top you will begin to see your choices. First, you pick the type of liner you want, such as red stripes, pink, blue, etc. Swipe left across the top to see all your choices. Each pattern is actually well-labeled for a graphics app. Double-tap what you want, then turn voiceover off. On the screen there is a pan with four places to put your liner in the middle of the screen. Without voiceover running, tap the middle of the screen as if you were making a Braille "G," (dots 1, 2, 4, 5), then turn VO back on. If you have gotten any of the wrappers in the pan correctly, VO automatically reads "Choose Your Batter." Repeat the process of swiping left and right across the screen for your batter. For this, we will pick "Red Velvet." Turn VO back off and double-tap the same four dot pattern to fill your cupcake tin. Again, if you have made it into any of the liners, you will now be able to "Bake" your cupcakes. Turn VO back on to see if the "Set Timer" screen as appeared. Assuming it has, you can now run your finger in a clockwise position at the middle bottom of the screen to set your timer. If you have added time to the clock, you will then hear "Bake" button at the bottom middle of the screen once voiceover is turned back on. Double-tap and hear your timer begin to tick down. When they are finished baking, your timer will ring and you will then need to take the cupcakes out of the pan if you left that on in your settings. I disabled it as the shake gesture didn't seem to always work when I tried to take the cupcakes out of the pan, so when the timer rings now there's a dialogue box which tells me the baking time is over upon the ringing. Double-tap the "Sweet" button to continue. Now it's time to decorate. Choose from many toppings, such as frosting, candies, letters, etc. One cupcake at a timewill be displayed so I recommend adding each topping to all the cupcakes at once. For example, if you want to frost your cupcakes, choose your frosting, turn VO off, then using a swiping/spreading motion, attempt to frost your cupcake When you're satisfied, turn VO back on and then look for a "right arrow" button to advance to the next cupcake. From there, turn VO off, frost cupcake #2, and repeat. This is how I figured out how accurate I was at getting cupcake liners and cupcake batter into the pan, as you cannot put batter into the pan without a liner. So if you only hit one area with your taps correctly, only one baked cupcake will appear. The first couple of times I did it I only got two cupcakes baked but now I can get all four filled without a problem. Using a spreading or swiping motion when you have the frosting highlighted will show up on the screen as you swipe. For candy, double-tap the middle of the screen and it will appear and be added with that motion when it is selected in your topping menu. Now for the best part. Time to eat! At the bottom of the decorating screen, there are several options, including ways to upload your creations onto Facebook and the app's Hall of Fame. The last button is the "Eat button." Double-tap and the frirst instruction says to swipe to remove wrapper. Turn VO off, swipe, and you will hear the wrapper come off. To eat, double-tap around the screen and you will hear eating sounds. You can tell where there's no more cupcake to eat as no more eating sounds are heard there. When you feel you've had enough and are ready for the next one, turn VO back on and continue to eat by selecting the "Eat Another" from the bottom of the screen. Repeat the process until you feel full.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

It took the Maverick Software company less than six weeks to address the original accessibility issues. I am so pleased with what they have done and highly recommend this app. It is totally worth the $0.99 to support such great work. Let's hope we can get some more of them accessible!