I love discovering new ways to decorate cupcakes that don’t involve intricate frosting techniques; although I’d love to excel at writing with a piping bag, I don’t – and so I was thrilled to find that softening chewy caramels enough to make them pliable enabled me to make solid caramel letters to sit atop cupcakes. Oh, the possibilities!
I’m a sucker for creamy caramels, especially at this time of year, when the wind is howling and I need a little comfort tucked into my jacket pocket. Chewy caramels remind me of the Halloweens of my childhood – those were the candies I savored most.
A microwave allows you to soften them ever so slightly – 10 seconds or less will make them perfectly pliable. (If you overdo it a bit, as above, don’t worry – just set them aside for a few minutes, until cool enough to handle.)
If you like, butter your hands, but the caramel won’t really stick – you can twist, bend, roll, cut and shape it easily, like soft plasticine – and when you’re finished, it will firm up as it cools, allowing you to pick up your letters, numbers or shapes and place them however you want.
Kids would love this as a project – let them create shapes with caramel and eat them after!
It’s a delicious way to customize your cakes – full sized or cupcakes – and ensure there’s an initial for every child, rather than have them argue over who gets the frosting flowers. Best of all, everyone loves caramel – unlike most sugary cake toppers. And caramel goes perfectly with virtually any flavor.