It's a 'Star Wars' snack! Admiral Ackbar cupcakes aren't a trap

Transforming an ordinary cupcake into Admiral Ackbar's head is simple with a few yellow candy melts, coffee sprinkles, black icing, and cocoa-cinnamon butter cream frosting.

Jenn from the JustJenn Recipes food blog explains how to make Admiral Ackbar cupcakes. "These cupcakes are sweet and delicious if you can get past Ackbar's giant eyes staring back at you begging you not to eat him," Jenn wrote on her blog. "Don't fall for it -- it's not a trap, IT'S A SNACK!"

Jenn is quite the Jedi Master chef when it comes to creating "Star Wars" treats. She's paid tribute to both the Millennium Falcon and its pilot Han Solo in Jell-O. She's baked a gruesome-yet-tasty severed Wampa arm cake. She's paid homage to Princess Leia in cupcake form with adorable Oreo hair buns. So Ackbar cupcakes are a nice addition to her portfolio of pastries, cakes, cookies, and other desserts for this galaxy and one far, far away. … Read more

Pinterest amps up recipe search with new filters

Pinterest now includes dietary restrictions and specific ingredients as a way to sort out recipe search results.

The social network, capitalizing on the popularity of food pins on its site, rolled out the new filters and search capability Tuesday.

The idea is you can open your fridge, see what ingredients you have on hand, and then do a search on Pinterest with the desired dietary restriction checked off. Filters include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. There's also an "Indulge me" button, a shortcut to unhealthy foods.

The new feature was developed by Punchfork founder Jeff Miller. Pinterest … Read more

Review: Recipe, Menu & Cooking Planner is a fine supplement to

Recipe, Menu & Cooking Planner is not a standalone app for discovering recipes but a supplement for those that already use and save recipes from the Web site It offers a number of powerful tools, however, including the ability to create your own recipes, build and manage your shopping lists, and sync with a cooking timer on your iPad, which makes it a very effective app for anyone who has a Pepperplate account or is interested in creating one.

During the setup process, you'll be prompted to create a new account or to log in to your … Read more

Review: Thanksgiving Recipe Collection is a beautiful recipe browsing experience

Thanksgiving Recipe Collection uses the Gojee app technology, resulting in an exceptional holiday companion that wows in just about every way. From the moment you create your account to the second you find the perfect dessert recipe for your next Thanksgiving dinner, this app will be a constant help for you, offering recipe after recipe in a beautiful format.

You'll need to have a Gojee account to use Thanksgiving Recipe Collection, so you'll need to create one before getting started if you don't already have one. After doing so, you can choose from numerous categories onscreen, organized … Read more

Review: Create digital card files to save important text with Rdex

Rdex is the digital version of the old-fashioned Rolodex, but you can use it to save any type of text information you want, not just contact information. You can quickly and easily create multiple card files that will hold multiple cards in each. If you're looking for an easy way to save addresses, notes, and other text without learning a complicated program, Rdex is a good option.

Installation is quick and painless with Rdex and the program opens with a ReadMe text file that explains how to use the program. The interface is basic and has only a File … Read more

Review: MacGourmet for Mac is the ultimate solution for storing and organizing recipes

MacGourmet for Mac is designed to provide a central storage and organizational system for your recipes within OS X. It works seamlessly in this regard, providing dozens of useful tools that are reminiscent of iTunes in many ways, making it easy to organize recipe files, create new ones, share them with friends, or print recipes to index cards or other media from your desktop.

After installation, you will be prompted to select the layout and interface for MacGourmet when it opens. You can change any of these options later from the preferences menu but this will affect how the app … Read more

Sony serves up Kitchen Edition of Xperia Tablet Z for $650

Those of you searching for a tablet that can act as your sous-chef will now find one from Sony.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition promises to help you prepare tonight's dinner with the aid of recipes, shopping lists, and even a meat thermometer. Plopped onto its foldable stand, the tablet is designed to rest on your kitchen counter so it's easily accessible. The tablet is also water-resistant, which means it should hold up under stains and spills.

The Kitchen Edition comes preloaded with 260 recipes from Saveur magazine, a variety of different food and shopping apps, … Read more

Review: Recipe Manager streamlines your menu planning

Recipe Manager for Mac represents a basic tool for menu planning and food shopping, but entering in recipes might seem too much of a chore. However, once you enter all your recipes, this tool will be a valuable asset and could eventually save you a lot of time and hassle.

Recipe Manager for Mac requires no installation -- just download and launch. The interface is basic looking, but clean and intuitive. The lack of a Help file didn't slow us down at all, but the method for entering recipes did, as the app required us to type in every … Read more

Create, manage recipes with IFTTT for iPhone

If This Then That (IFTTT) is a free service that helps you connect unrelated apps and services across the Web. As we've shown you in the past, you're able to get really creative with recipes.

On Thursday IFTTT released its official app, IFTTT for iPhone, for free in the App Store. Until today, the only way for users to create, edit and share recipes was by visiting With the app, users will have all of the same options and features found on the Web site, but in addition to the services integrated with the site, users … Read more

Turn your Android device into a cookbook with Top Recipes

Young people starting out in life used to receive cookbooks as gifts. These days, smartphones are even replacing desktop PCs for reference duties like providing quick and handy access to recipes. Take SplashPad Mobile's Top Recipes app. It puts hundreds of recipes, menus, and cooking tips at your fingertips, everything from favorites like grilled cheese and French toast to fancy dinner entrees. You can add any recipe's ingredients to the app's Shopping List with a tap. The only fly in the soup is a modest subscription fee, 99 cents a month, though the app itself is free … Read more