Alpine Cupcakes, 2e

Audit Case with Data Analytics

by Callaway Dee, Durtschi, Mindak

| ISBN: 978-1-61853-323-4 | Copyright 2020

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This casebook is a resource to use in the development of students’ comprehension of critical auditing concepts, providing faculty with a flexible interactive method to familiarize students with audit procedures, data analytics, and workpapers as applied in practice.  Acting as a senior audit manager for a fictitious CPA firm, Garcia and Foster, students will examine and evaluate the audit evidence and documentation for the firm’s annual audit of Alpine Cupcakes, Inc. Garcia and Foster is a fictitious regional firm with 20 offices located in large cities throughout the western United States. As part of its quality control procedures, the firm chooses five offices each year and conducts an internal inspection of a completed audit engagement.

Target Audience

This resource is suitable for both graduate and undergraduate students and can be used as a supplement to any auditing textbook. 

Review Completed Audit Workpapers

Students will review rather than create workpapers from scratch. Students identify weaknesses in the client’s internal controls that the auditors failed to find, evaluate auditors’ tests of internal controls and substantive testing procedures, and assess the quality and completeness of the auditors’ workpaper documentation.

Analyze and Critique Realistic Audit Workpapers

Students will visualize how audit workpapers are linked to the audit program, and learn how source documents are integrated into audit tasks. Students practice critical thinking skills as they consider the purpose of audit procedures and the issues that arise when trying to implement those procedures in a realistic setting.

Application of Audit Standards

Students will research, critically evaluate and apply auditing standards to a realistic business scenario.

Flexible Approach

Each module can be used independently or in combination, to simulate a real audit experience. The level of difficulty and time required for each module can be easily adapted to meet the needs of the course.

Complete Student Experience

Each model includes opportunities for students to: 1) research, cite and summarize relevant auditing standards 2) identify and describe any errors made by the auditors and 3) prepare a memo documenting their understanding.

Data Analytics

The case study now includes a data analytics component which is comprised of a General Ledger practice set associated with the entire case study and integrated data analysis sets that accompany each module (Risk Assessment, Cash, and Accounts Receivable). Each of these four practice sets includes an Excel file populated with relevant data and problems requiring students to analyze large sets of data and document their findings. 

Excel Tutorial

Students can access a series of videos that walk through Excel basics including formatting, expanding your spreadsheet, and formula logic. 


Students can now access the text from anywhere.  There is nothing to download or install and is accessible on any Internet-enabled device regardless of operating system. It includes interactive study tools such as note taking, highlighting, and bookmarking.
Carol Callaway Dee

Carol Callaway Dee

Carol Callaway Dee is an associate professor of accounting in the Business School at the University of Colorado Denver.

Prior to coming to CU Denver, she was on the faculty of Florida State University. She earned her PhD in accounting from Louisiana State University and a BS in accounting from the University of Florida. Dr. Dee was an academic fellow for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Office of Research and Analysis and its Center for Economic Analysis, conducting research on the economic effects of proposed auditing standards. She has published in a number of journals, including The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Current Issues in Auditing, Issues in Accounting Education, and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and she serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research. Her accounting cases, Return of the Tallahassee Bean Counters: A Case in Forensic Accounting (with Cindy Durtschi) and Grand Teton Candy Company: Connecting the Dots in a Fraud Case (with Cindy Durtschi and Mary Mindak) are used by faculty around the world. She is a recipient of the CU Denver Business School’s “Outstanding Tenure-Track Teacher of the Year” Award.

Cindy Durtschi

Cindy Durtschi

Cindy Durtschi is an associate professor of accounting at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, where she directs the Masters in Accountancy program.

She received her PhD from the University of Arizona. Prior to arriving at DePaul University, she held positions at Florida State University and Utah State University. Dr. Durtschi teaches forensic accounting in the MACC program at DePaul as well as financial accounting in both the MSA and MBA programs. She has won the Gus Economos Distinguished Teaching Award for the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, the Teacher of the Year for the Huntsman College of Business at Utah State University, and Outstanding Teacher Award for the Department of Finance at the University of Arizona. Dr. Durtschi’s research is published in Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Journal of Forensic Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, and the Journal of Forensic Accounting, as well as other journals. She received the 2006 American Accounting Association Innovation in Audit Education Award for her first published case in forensic accounting, The Tallahassee BeanCounters: A Problem Based Learning Case in Forensic Auditing. She continues to publish forensic accounting cases (now with Carol Callaway Dee, Mary Mindak, and/or Robert Rufus) that are used in classrooms around the world. Dr. Durtschi is currently on the editorial boards of Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, and Journal of Accounting and Free Enterprise. She is past president of the Forensic Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association.

Mary P. Mindak

Mary P. Mindak

Mary P. Mindak is an assistant professor of accounting in the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University.

She graduated from Miami University with a BS in Accountancy and a Masters of Accountancy and received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Mindak worked at Ernst & Young as an auditor in the Financial Services and Healthcare industries. She also worked in corporate accounting at Western & Southern Life Insurance Company. Dr. Mindak’s research focuses on areas affecting audit risk, including aggressive reporting, earnings management, fraud, bankruptcy, and corporate responsibility. Her work has been published in Issues in Accounting Education, Research in Accounting Regulation, Managerial Auditing Journal, Journal of Accounting Ethics and Public Policy, and The CPA Journal. She currently teaches Auditing and Financial Reporting at DePaul University. She is the faculty advisor for DECA (a student organization with multiple case competitions each year) and the PwC Corporate Challenge Case Competition.