Thanksgiving Cupcakes with Candy Melts Decorations

15 Oct

Fall is here and with it comes…. HOLIDAYS!! One of my favourite holidays is Thanksgiving. Beautiful colours, delicious food, time spent with friends and family and time to reflect on all the amazing blessings in my life. That and it is kind of like pre-Christmas 😉

Like most big family holidays, I had the pleasure of making cupcakes for dessert after the big feast. This year I went for two of my tried and true recipes, Chocolate Sour Cream and Pumpkin Spice, both with Cream Cheese Frosting. However, this is not a post about my amazing cupcakes with other-worldly frosting. Rather I would like to share with you about my newest creations…. Candy Melts Decorations!!

No cupcake is complete without a little something special on top to set it apart from all the other mundane, so-so, everyday average cupcakes out there. (I don’t really believe this. A lot of my cupcakes are perfectly wonderful without a flag or sprinkles.) But holiday cupcakes do deserve a little extra. So I experimented a little.

Using the Wilton’s Candy Melts in Dark Chocolate and Orange (which are vanilla flavoured) I created these!

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Those look extra special, right? (Even if they don’t, just smile and nod for my ego’s sake.) And now you want to know how you can make your own, yes?!?!

What You Will Need:

Wilton’s Candy Melts (in whatever colour or flavour your little heart desires)

Wilton’s Disposable Decorating Bags or similar product (I’m sure a Ziploc bag would work just as well)

Silpat Baking Mat or parchment paper (the Silpat does a fantastic job of keeping the decorations from sticking)

How to Make:

Following the directions for heating the Candy Melts on the package, place the Melts inside a clean decorating bag. I twisted the top of my bag closed just in case they melted a little too quickly and decided to ooze all over my microwave.

Make sure to heat the melts on no more than 50% Power in your microwave. I once made the mistake of heating them on 100% and they burned inside the bag, created a small hole on the side of the bag and when I went to grab it, I burned myself 😦 Be very careful. Heat the melts in 30 seconds rounds, giving the bag a little squish to test the meltiness of the melts between each round. (Do you like all my technical jargon today?) I typically need around three to four rounds before everything is completely melted.

Once everything is nice and melted inside the bag (and not all over your hands!), cut a small opening at the tip of the bag to begin decorating.

Here is where you can let your imagination run wild!! Use the Candy Melts to create whatever you would like to adorn your lovely cupcakes. If you are unsure of your decorative abilities, place a guide or stencil under the Silpat to follow. I free handed my little Pumpkins and Maple Leafs, allowing each one to be unique.

The thicker the line you squeeze out, the sturdier your decorations will be. If the lines are too fine, the decorations make crack or fall apart as you remove them from the mat.

If the melts begin to re-harden inside the bag, you may get small lumps as you work. I simply squeeze mine out into the sink as I go, but you could reheat the melts for another 30 seconds.

Once you have creative your beautiful and elegant or wild and crazy designs, allow them to cool on the Silpat until they are completely hard. I let mine sit for about an hour, although they were probably hard after about 20 minutes. Carefully peel the mat out from each decoration to remove them.

Now you are free to decorate your delicious cupcakes with crowning glory!! You can thank me for all the oohs and aahhs you receive upon serving them 😉

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