Cake Decorating Made Easy

Over the weekend, my sister turned the big 3-0! Instead of making her a usual cake, I decided to make a two-layer number cake with brownie and candy flower decorations. My extended family seemed super impressed with the candy flowers, but as I explained to them and will now share with you, they are incredibly easy to make!

Supplies

  • A microwave-safe cup with a handle
  • A spoon
  • A knife
  • Candy Melts – I chose Wilton pink candy melts that I picked up at Michael’s Craft Store
  • Flower Mold – I actually used a fondant mold that I found on Amazon, but Michaels and JoAnn’s also have a wide selection of candy molds to choose from in their baking aisles

Step 1

Place candy melts into your measuring cup. After a couple rounds, I figured out that 6 candy melts was the perfect number needed to fill my mold. Depending on the size of your mold, you may need more or less.

Step 2

Microwave your candy melts. I started with 30 seconds and then removed the candy melts and stirred with a spoon. When all of the candy melts didn’t liquify (there were still solid chunks), I placed the measuring cup back in for 15 additional seconds and then stirred again until all the candy had melted. In my condo, the microwave was a lot stronger, so I only needed about 15 seconds total rather than 45 seconds to melt the candy. Get to know the strength of your microwave and adjust accordingly. Remember that this process is all about having fun and that there is some trial and error involved.

Before microwaving

After 30 seconds

After an additional 15 seconds

Step 3

Spoon the liquified candy into your mold.

Step 4

Tap the mold against the table or counter so that the melted candy settles into the mold and to get rid of any air bubbles.

Tip: I’d recommend washing the spoon and measuring cup immediately, while the candy is still liquified, as they are much harder to clean once the candy dries.

Step 5

Set the filled mold to dry. I’ve waited a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of overnight.

Step 6

Turn the mold upside down and gently invert so that the now hard candies loosen and fall out. You can use a knife to carefully cut off any excess candy that may have resulted from overfilling the mold.

Step 7

Decorate and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Mini Apple Pies for the Novice Baker

While I love to bake, I am not a very experienced baker and do not have as many occasions or as much time to bake as I would like.

This week I am participating in a fundraiser, for which I volunteered to bake. After seeing a 2-Ingredient Mini Apple Pie recipe that Pillsbury posted on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try.

It really was as simple as the instructions implied, which can be found here.

I did make a couple of modifications however. First, I baked the apple pies in paper cupcake cups to avoid them sticking to the metal pan.

I also added about a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the icing that came with the cinnamon roll dough and heated it in the microwave for a few seconds prior to putting the icing into a pastry bag and drizzling over the mini apple pies.

I doubled the recipe to make 16 mini pies instead of 8. However, while I doubled the amount of dough, I ended up not needing additional pie filling. I only used one 21-oz can to make all 16 mini pies.

Overall, I thought it was a great and easy-to-follow recipe, not to mention inexpensive and time-saving. The only changes I would make in the future would be to use a pan with bigger “cups” or section out each cinnamon roll pack into more than 8 pieces, as my crust came out a little thick. This is definitely a dessert meant to be served fresh out of the oven. Use caution making the recipe too far in advance, as the crust can become tough.

If you use this recipe or have a great hack to add, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.