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!