My daughter's birthday was in April. She was having a small party this year -- just 12 girls. She had a painting party at one of those "do-it-yourself-ceramic-painting-objects-you-will-never-use-but-you-have-to-paint" places. (The girl painted a butterfly. I rest my case.) Since that was going to be the party favor, I didn't want to buy anything else. Hmmmmm. But I could make something..... And these popped into my head. Of course! Bakerella's Cupcake Bites!
First order of business: Find candy molds and candy melts. Check! Sort of. I used foil mini cupcake cups because I couldn't find the right candy mold. Next was to bake a cake. I went with the suggestion on the site and used boxed red velvet cake. It's very red. It cooled. I crumbled. I mixed in some canned frosting. I made small balls. I kept reading about how it made hands very messy and frequent washing was in order. Sidestep! I used my food safe rubber gloves! The balls were covered and put in the fridge.
Red cake crumbles in the bowl.
See! Messy gloves but clean hands!
48 small balls on this tray. 24 larger ones frozen for later use.
I decided to do a test with just one. I wanted to make sure they were going to come out before I put in the time. I melted some pink melts in a plastic bag in the microwave. I filled the foil cup about half full. I added a cold cake ball. Then I melted some yellow melts. I covered the top half of the cake ball. I added sprinkles.
Ta dah! A cupcake! So cute!
Since it was for the girl's birthday. She got the first taste. Mmmmmm. She liked it.
My niece, who is a wonderful baker in her own right, came to help me with the actual assembly of the 48 that we needed for the party. I had four colors of melts, so we started with twelve foil cups and one color. We used the next color for the top of those cupcakes and for the bottom of the next twelve and so on. There were a few different sprinkles this time around.
Four to a bag.
The party girls were thrilled. I would certainly make these again. Especially if I had my niece around to help me. Truth be told, I couldn't get myself to eat one of these. The idea of candy melts sorta weirds me out.
Sorry I don't have Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise here to show you. But if you go to Andrea's blog, she'll have a recipe and fabulous example for you.