Here's a fun fact: candy melts SUCK. Okay, they don't really suck. They're actually one of the greatest inventions out there, and they're also wonderful for making cake pops.But when it comes to piping them into different shapes and letters to make cupcake toppers, they will be the death of you. They were the death of me, almost.
You see, I offered to make cupcakes for a family friend's wedding ceremony/nikah/katb el kitab/whatever you wanna call it. But instead of opting for a simple buttercream swirl with edible pearls, I wanted to go above and beyond and create my own cupcake toppers out of candy melts. In my head, it sounded like the best idea ever. In reality, I regretted it shortly after I made 18 intertwined hearts and only one of them survived removal from the wax paper. I know people online said to make extra to allow for breakage, I didn't know extra meant like, a thousand.
I actually started off with a tip #3 because I specifically wanted to avoid the breakage--the thicker they were, the sturdier they would be. But clearly that didn't really help, and so, when I used a tip #2 for the bride and groom initials since they required more detail, it turned out that I liked it better because it gave me more control. So I stuck with tip #2, but I started changing the way I took them off the wax paper. After trying a few different tactics, I finally found one that worked and had a 99.9% success rate. To explain exactly what I did in words would be kind of difficult, so I'll have to make you guys a video tutorial someday.
So anyway, once I had the removal part down, I just piped away. I didn't even count how many I was making, I just made as many as the bag of candy melts could give me. In the end, it turned out I had well over 100, which wasn't a problem at all because I knew I could just easily re-melt the extras and use them for other purposes in the future. Aren't candy melts so great? I guess you could say we have a love-hate relationship. Oh, and another reason making more than 100 wasn't a problem was because some of the toppers broke when I was picking them up to put on top of the cupcakes. So, knowing that I had extra kept me from breaking down into tears :)
I used a variety of recipes for the cupcakes themselves; some were white cake, some were chocolate, and some were just plain yellow cake from a box mix. And the swirl on top was made using tip 2D--my newest favorite tip! I'm in love with the beautiful frills it makes. I hear it makes some pretty lovely roses too, so I can't wait to try that out.Congratulations to the beautiful couple! May Allah bestow muwaddah and rahmah in your hearts for each other and bless you with all the happiness and joy that you both deserve.