The big love day is almost here. I don’t know about you, but I’m just about heart-ed out! Before moving on to other late winter and early spring projects (Spring?!?! Yes, it will come. I promise.) I thought I’d share two more quick and easy Valentine’s cupcake toppers along with a little Airhead Valentine roundup. If you’ve worked with fondant before, these projects will be a breeze. If not, no fear. Airheads are very forgiving and hold their shape really well. I used kitchen shears, but a sharp knife works too.
Airhead Envelope Cupcake Topper
Ribbon roses are just about the simplest flower you can make in cake decorating. Airheads are pre-rolled and pliable, making the job even quicker.
Airhead Ribbon Rose Cupcake Topper
You know when you think you have a great idea, then you do some Googling and you realize you’re far from alone? That’s what happened to me with Airheads! I was playing around with the candy and realized it works as a fantastic fondant substitute for making cupcake toppers and other dessert details. Apparently lots and lots of people had this same revelation. Airheads themselves even held a Craft Your Valentine Contest last year. They’re colorful, flexible, and available at the drug store, so I can totally understand why so many people have decided to play around with this stretchy candy. I know I’ll be reaching for them more in future projects.
Here are just a few of last year’s very clever contest entries to inspire you as you make your own Valentine’s Day cupcakes this week:
Airhead Valentine Craft Roundup
If you don’t have stamps specifically made for cake decorating, just use rubber stamps and place a layer of plastic wrap between the stamps and candy to keep everything food safe.
Melting Airheads and pouring the hot candy into molds might not be for the faint of heart, but it’s far easier than making your own chewy candy (and it’s pretty).
Don’t have punches? Use cookie cutters or piping tips to make small shapes.
Think beyond the heart and use candy letters to personalize any dessert or fruit plate.
An ambitious project, but not too challenging if you’ve made sugar flowers before.
Cute, cute, cute! Roll thinner stripes and use a smaller heart cutter to create similar cupcake toppers.