How to use Candy Melts® Candy and Cookie Cutters to Create Cupcake Toppers

November 20th, 2013 by Lisa Deszcz

The sweet smell of pumpkin and crisp fall leaves – Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you are like me, you’re on the hunt for the perfect treat to share with your family and friends. Cupcakes adorned with Candy Melts® candy toppers are sure to be a favorite! Let me show you how easy it is! 

Candy Melts Topper Tools

What you’ll need:

To start out, you’ll want to melt your Candy Melts in a microwave-safe bowl at half power, for 30-second increments, stirring at each interval until fully melted.

Place your cookie cutter on top of a parchment lined cookie sheet (or cake board). Scoop a small spoonful of each candy color into the cookie cutter.

Scoop Candy Melts into the cookie cutter

Then, gently drag a lollipop stick through the Candy Melts to marbleize. Be careful not to overmix!

Gently mix Candy Melt colors

Once you’ve reached the desired look, place the cookie cutter into the fridge for 10-15 minutes or until the Candy Melts have hardened. Gently press on the candy to release it from the cookie cutter.

Candy Melts Autumn Leaf Topper

Now just place your adorable treat into your iced cupcake. Look at that beautiful Thanksgiving cupcake! Best of all, it was so quick and easy to make!

Cupcake Topped with Candy Melts Autumn Leaf

For more candy decorating tips and techniques, please visit our Candy Technique section.

Lisa Deszcz Lisa began her career on the Wilton food team as the Associate Product Manager for Sprinkles. In that role, she brought her boundless creativity and sharp eye for packaging to the development of many fun new items. Now as the Product Manager for Candy, she continues to utilize her talents as she develops exciting new candy molds and kits. In addition to indulging in her crafting side, Lisa enjoys spending time with friends and family.

7 Replies

  1. Penny Ostrander says:

    Love the Candy technique section, I always feel it is not only the dessert you make but the presentation and decorating with candy is a fun way to do it. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Shirley says:

    Great ideas. I like this section. Thanks!

  3. Connie Shaffer says:

    Great idea! This would be so much fun to make.

  4. Charlotte Apple says:

    Can I use Wilton Candy Melts as icing for sugar cookies?

    • Steph says:

      Personally, I would not use candy melts as modeling chocolate. It’s a liquid when melted and hardens quickly. There is no middle. I would use Candy Clay. The recipe for candy clay is also on the web site.

      • Steph says:

        I would not use candy melts as icing for the same reason. For cakes, cupcakes and cookies the best is a frosting: buttercream, royal, ganache, etc…unless you’re looking for a candy bar coating on them.

  5. Lisa Walker says:

    Is there any way you can use the candy melts as modelling chocolate i.e. molding it to make people/coral etc?

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