Hey party people!
Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!
Now we gear up for Christmas! I get so excited about Christmas but I also brace myself for the craziness. The gift-giving, the Christmas card writing and of course the baking.Do you ever feel like you’re suddenly required to bring a baked good every where you go in December? I’m all about making things a little easier. I’m not going to shy away from something semi-homemade but I do love to add a little pizzaz.
Here’s a fun idea to take normal bland store-bought cupcakes and turn them into a work of art…a 3-D work of art. Here’s what you need:
First melt the candy melts. I heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds, take them out, stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted.
Once the chocolate’s melted, pour into a ziploc bag. With scissors, cut a very small opening at one of the corners of the bottom of the bag. Lay down wax paper with a piece of paper underneath as a guide. I used lined notebook paper but you could use any kind of paper you’d like.
With your bag of chocolate, make a Christmas tree form on top of the wax paper. I used the lines to keep my tree straight. If it’s easier for you, draw the trees on the paper first and then use that as the template. My trees ended up to be about 2-3 inches.
After the chocolate dries, you can take it off the wax paper.
Now that you’ve created the foundational Christmas tree figure, use the straight line guide again to make a half of Christmas tree like this. Make them the same length as the original trees.
Using the chocolate, attach the two half trees to the original Christmas tree. Attach one on one side and one on the other side. This creates a three dimensional Christmas tree. You can now add sprinkles or other edible decorations to “trim” your tree.
Add the 3-D Christmas tree to the top of your cupcake and you’ve just added the wow-factor to a normally boring cupcake.
You can also create 3-dimensional snowflakes as well.
I did the same thing with the snowflakes as I did with the trees. I created one full snowflake and two halfsies. Using the melted chocolate, attach either half to the full snowflake.
Here are a couple tips that will hopefully make this project easier on you -
* Make sure the chocolate outlines are thick enough. If you make them too thin, it’s easier for them to break.
* If the chocolate in the sandwich bag begins to harden, put the bag back in the microwave for 5 seconds. If it doesn’t loosen up, put it back in for 5 seconds until it melts.
What other 3D figures do you think would be fun to do?
p.s. You can now LIKE Parties for Pennies on facebook! Click here.
LINKING UP TO: