Remember During 30 Days and 30 Bites when I tried drawing with melted chocolate? Well, I was incredibly unsuccessful. Maybe not incredibly, but pretty darn close! I tried again, only this time took the easy route and used Wilton’s candy melts. Boy did that work a lot better!!!
Today is day two of working to create the cupcakes for J’s wedding anniversary. Last time I posted was to show you the homemade cupcake wrappers that will be going on the cakes. I am getting more and more excited as each day goes by! Today I worked on the toppings for the cupcakes. I used the candy melts to create intertwined hearts. I placed a small amount (a few wafers goes a long way when it comes to making candy outlines) into a freezer quality storage bag. I placed the bag in the microwave in ten second intervals, squeezing the bag in between to smooth the candy. When the candy was at piping consistency (30 – 40 seconds of melting total) I made sure there was no air in the bag and squeezed the melted candy to one corner. I snipped off a small piece of the corner of the bag, just enough to allow a steady stream. If you are looking for a thin outline, it is important that you cut off a very small amount of the plastic to keep the hole very small.
Now that the candy is ready, pipe your design! Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet and pipe your pictures onto it. I drew freehand with the candy since all I was doing was hearts. If you are looking for something more intricate, print the picture out first and place it under the wax paper, as I did in the previous candy post. Before the candy has time to harden (the melts harden pretty quickly when you are piping them out this thin) tap the cookie sheet on the counter a few times so air bubbles can escape and to take away the rough edges of your outlines.
You should notice that the bottom heart in my design continues down pretty far. That will be the part of the candy that will stick into the cupcake, hidden away from the world.
Put the candies in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them but be careful…they’re fragile! I can’t wait to make the cupcakes and put all of it together!!!