Creating edible toppers are a breeze with Candy Melts® candy! The best part about this project is that you are able to completely customize the toppers to fit your occasion. These can be used for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, or any other fun celebrations!
What you will need to complete this project:
- Candy Melts® candy (I used Red, White, and Lavender)
- Parchment paper
- Disposable candy decorating bags
- Template cut-outs (Some are hand drawn, and others were made by making a photo copy of the baking cup liner)
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Your favorite type of iced cupcakes!
Step 1: Creating the template
The templates are easy to create. I hand wrote my letters to customize how the toppers would look. You can also create a template by making an enlarged photo copy of the cupcake liner you are using. Have fun and play around with fonts and sizes. HINT: The thinner the lines on the letters are, the easier they break, so try bolding the font to make it more substantial.
Once you have your templates cut out, tape the paper to the back of parchment paper so that the printing shows through. Place the parchment paper on a cookie sheet for easy transport.
Step 2: Melting Candy Melts® candy
The easiest way to melt Candy Melts® candy is in a Disposable Candy Decorating Bag. Put the desired amount of candy into the bag and loosely twist the top of the bag closed (do not use metal ties). Microwave at half (50%) power or defrost setting for 30 seconds. Knead the bag. Continue to microwave and knead at 15-second intervals until smooth and completely melted. Once the candy is melted, cut a small hole in the tip of the bag. The smaller the hole, the finer the line of candy melts.
Step 3: Tracing your template
Because the printing shows through the parchment, all you have to do is trace the pattern with candy. It is helpful to start with an outline if you will be filling in the shape. For words, you will want to be sure to connect each of the letters so they remain one solid piece.
Step 4 (optional): Add some fun with Sprinkles!
Before the candy has hardened, you can use sprinkles to add excitement to your toppers! Nonpareils and sparking sugar work really well for this. Simply shake the sprinkles onto the candy right after tracing. You can either fully coat the topper or create a sprinkle outline. To create the sprinkle outline, simply shake the nonpareils onto the cookie sheet (not the topper). Then gently shake the cookie sheet left and right until the nonpareils line up around your topper.
Step 5: Refrigerate your toppers
Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for a couple of minutes, until candy is firm.
Step 6: Apply to your cupcake!
Your toppers are done, gently take them off the parchment and place them onto your cupcake.
These adorable toppers are easy to make and are sure to impress your guests! Get creative and explore different shapes colors. Most of all have fun with it — working with Candy Melts® is easy!!