Friday, January 24, 2014

Topping Cupcakes

Who doesn't love a cupcake. Its just sweet bite of cake that is just enough to satisfy.
A delicious hand held treat that appeals to both young and old.
Who are we kidding a cupcake is good but for most (well me anyway) its all about the frosting.
The cupcake is just a vehicle for  what ever you want to put on top. That's the real star of the show.
So many toppings to choose from, chocolate, vanilla, creamcheese. The list goes on and on.

Now, let's take that cupcake and frosting and go one step further into cupcake toppers. With these tiny decorations you can make your cupcakes suitable for any occasion. I love to work in modeling chocolate for my decorations. This yummy medium just kicks my cupcakes into overdrive. Its easy to work with but even better it tastes great!.

Once you try modeling chocolate you will be hooked. Its so easy and inexpensive to make that you'll wonder why you never tried it before. It works as well if not better than fondant in my humble opinion. Try it and see if I'm not telling the truth.

The recipe is as follows

 1 lb. candy melts
1/3- to 1/2 cup light corn syrup (Karo)

Microwave chocolate at 30 second intervals until melted. Add Karo and stir until just incorporated .
and pliable.  Don not over stir. Wrap chocolate in plastic wrap and set aside to cool and come  together. Preferably overnight.
After 24 hours take  your modeling chocolate and knead it a bit to soften. Now you are ready to create anything you can think of. It molds, holds it shape an  is very forgiving. It will also last quite a long time. Store it in an airtight container and you are good to go.

Here are just a few of the cupcake toppers I have made for holidays past and those to come. They took very little effort and brought joy to many.

Until tomorrow eat well live well



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