I love Valentines Day! It’s such an optimistic holiday as we share our love with those close to us. Some may argue with me, but I’ll keep loving this holiday, and sharing my love with those around me.
This weekend our ward put together a Valentines Dinner and Talent Show for the adults. I skipped signing up for a talent, because well, there are some talents that just aren’t shareable for a show. However, I did sign up for a dessert and decided it would count just fine as my talent. The method I’m going to share is actually really simple, and can be used in so many other applications to make it your own.
There are 2 ways I prefer to decorate cupcakes. Well, 3 if you count just topping them with frosting and sprinkles, but let’s get real, we all love having a little more decor on the top right? Method one involves a little melting on the stove, and method 2 you’ll need some cookie cutters.
Here’s what you’ll need – White Almond Bark and red food coloring (or whatever color you want!), piping bags, and the smallest piping tip you have, a cupcake (I made these heart surprise cupcakes), frosting, and starbursts or tootsie frooties. I usually prefer tootsie frooties, as they just mold better, but since I couldn’t find any at the store, I went with Starbursts.
On LOW heat melt the almond bark. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring. and stir until well mixed in. Let the almond bark cool slightly, but not too much or it will start to harden back up. Lay out some parchment paper, and begin piping your designs.
If you are using starbursts, you’ll need to microwave them for about 10 seconds. Tootsie Frooties can skip this step. Use a rolling pin to roll out the candy and then cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. If you want to get a little bigger on your designs, just smoosh a couple candies together. For a more 3D design use your hands and mold the candies to your preferred shape.
Now you can skip the fondant that no one likes anyway, and still have smooth designs to add to your treats. For more inspiration see how I used Tootsie Frooties for Princess Peach Cupcakes.