Stephanie Kappel, the owner and cookie artist at The Hungry Hippopotamus, believes that cookies are tiny works of delicious art.
Stephanie dabbles in a lot of different artistic mediums, but found a true passion in 2009 when she discovered cookie decorating. What started as a hobby, quickly blossomed into a business that allows for the perfect marriage of technical skill, artistic expression, and visible affection. The time, care, and love that goes into each beautifully, delicious bite is what she believes makes giving and receiving cookies so special.
Stephanie currently takes custom orders and teaches hands-on decorating classes all over the US and abroad. She has taught at Cookie'sCool, Europe's first cookie decorating event, as well as CookieCon, the premier American cookie decorating convention. Her work has been featured on ABC Action News, in publications such as American Cake Decorating, Edible Artists Network, and Southern Living magazines, as well as numerous websites and blogs. Her clients include Disney, Williams-Sonoma, and Nomadic Agency, among others. Stephanie is a proud baker for Icing Smiles and contributing educator for SugarEd Productions Sugar Art School.
When Stephanie isn't making cookies or teaching cookie art classes, she can be found in the gym (practicing yoga), on the couch (cheering on her favorite team, The Philadelphia Eagles), or at the park (exploring with her son, Carter, daughter Madison, and husband, Ryan).