What… a… week! Can you relate? I honestly felt like I was on the go non-stop. It was just one of those weeks that I should have just stayed in bed. I’m serious. Between my kids not feeling well, dog accidents on the carpet, my husband in a car accident (he is fine by the way), quizzing the kids for a test, and traveling back-n- forth like a mad woman to pick up and drop off my kids at school and work. Thank goodness it’s the weekend is all I can say. Whew!
I know ONE DAY, it will be easier for me. But needless to say, this week was not one of them. So I decided to make my family a special treat after the week we all had. I wanted to bake them something sweet and to show them that, it’s all about the love in this house and with Valentine’s day coming up soon, my chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting would do the trick.
But this time around, I wanted to add a special touch to these cupcakes. -And, I’m not talking about your normal everyday cupcake sprinkles, I’m talking handwritten words that are made from the heart. If you’re thinking chocolate, then you got it. Handwriting chocolate is the perfect way to go for topping any cupcake. Sounds yummy, right?
Have you made them? Oh my goodness, it’s so easy. I mean really easy.
For this tutorial, you will only need one ingredient and a few supplies to get you started.
You will need:
- Chocolate Candy Melts (Red or White)
- Parchment Paper
- White Paper
- Disposable Candy Decorating Bags (Microwaveable)
- Decorating Icing Tip
Let’s get started. First find a flat surface to work on. Take your white piece of paper and place a small piece of tape on each corner of the paper.
Next, take a pencil and draw hearts, words, or favorable love designs on that white paper. Take a piece of parchment paper and place it on top of your design. Remove your tape and replace it back on each four corners of the parchment paper. Make sure that both are lined up and flat. At this point, you should see your design through the parchment paper.
For this tutorial, I used these handy disposable candy decorating bags. I swear by them. Not only are they microwave safe but they save time when it comes to cleaning up.
I know that you can also melt the candy in a double boiler but the microwave is the way to go.
Simple and so easy to do.
In your disposable candy decorating bag, pour in your candy melts. Twist the end of the bag until you reach the candy.
Microwave at half power or use the defrost setting for one minute. Take the bag out of the microwave, knead the candy. Place the bag back into the microwave and knead at 30-second intervals or until candy is smooth and melted.
Take your decorating bag, snip the tip, (add your decorating tip if you plan on using one) and begin slowly tracing over your handwritten words or designs on the parchment paper.
Once you have completed this step remove the tape and place your candy word designs on a flat cutting board and place it your fridge for 3 to 5 minutes to chill.
Meanwhile, let’s start frosting those cupcakes. I baked my chocolate cupcakes ahead of time so they were ready and waiting to be frosted. It’s just something about chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frostings that brings a smile to our faces.
Once you have frosted your cupcakes, remove your chocolate candy word designs from the fridge.
Because your candy is cold and is now firm, it’s so easy to remove the written words from the parchment paper. They practically just slide right off. Although be mindful how delicate they are especially if you used only a little amount of candy to write them.
If that is the case, simply start on one side of the word and carefully remove them.
Take your chocolate candy toppers and place them on top of the frosting. Feel free to included any special messaging, hearts, and a few X’s and O’s like I have.
After all, it’s all about having fun while you bake. My family absolutely loved these heartfelt special messages on top of these delicious chocolate cupcakes.
So tell me, what special treat do you like to make for your family when you had a crazy week?
I would love to hear about them.