Cake decorating truly is an all-time favorite hobby of mine. So much so, that I recently turned it into a business, because my itch to create all the amazing cake designs I see every day simply could not wait for the next time an occasion came up. But still, I have found myself longing for more. So, this weekend I took a stand and said, I'm going to make cupcakes for no reason at all other than the fact that I love doing so. And these fairy cupcakes were my project of choice :)
I love playing around with candy melts, as you can see here, and here. They make the best cupcake toppers and if I may add, they taste way better than fondant. With some practice, you can learn to create the most incredible designs. It's all about getting the temperature of the candy melts right and having a steady hand.
For the longest time, I was overheating my candy melts and I had no idea why they would give me such a hard time when using them. Until one day, my candy melts had a chance to cool a bit before I used them for cake pops, and I realized that they were going on much smoother...duh! Why it took me so long to figure that out is beyond my comprehension. I'm glad I know now. For these fairy wings, I took extra precaution not to overheat the candy melts. I also let them cool a bit afterward, so that they wouldn't burn the piping bag, or my hand for that matter.
Piping the fairy wing pattern was quite easy. Once I had the main outline drawn, I let my creativity rule on what the interior design would be. A bunch of swirls here and there was enough to bring these wings to life. But they were missing one important thing...pixie dust! Or as we like to call it in modern day, luster dust!
I let the wings completely set before brushing it on. I think it looked the best on the vibrant green wings; very Tinkerbell-like!
Then came the true test- getting the wings onto the cupcakes without breaking them. I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again--ALWAYS make lots of extras. You can never anticipate how many will break and this way you can avoid any meltdowns. The first two wings I grabbed broke instantly, which was enough to make me freak out. They weren't breaking when I was handling them, but rather when I was inserting them into the buttercream. You have to be very gentle when doing this, because any pressure and boom, instant breakage.
Once I got the hang of it though, I was okay. And I LOVED the finished result! These would be so perfect for a little girl's fairy themed birthday party. Or if you're like me and don't like waiting for occasions, you could have a viewing party for the All-New Tinkerbell Movie, The Pirate Fairy, that's coming out on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD in a few days! April 1 to be exact, and yes, you bet I have it marked on my calendar. I most definitely grew up a Disney kid :)