Sweet Pea turned nine this past weekend and celebrated her special day with a great group of friends. Since two of her favorite things are Legos and cupcakes, I thought I’d surprise her with Lego cupcakes. I suspected these adorable cupcakes would be a hit and they were. The children couldn’t wait to bite into them and the adults were impressed with my decorating *skills* (a term used very loosely!). If you know a child who loves Legos, give these cupcakes a try. They look fabulous and are very easy to prepare.
- cupcakes (prepared and cooled)
- Wilson Candy Melts (red, blue, yellow)
- Lego brick mold
- Lego minifigure mold
- Wilton Primary Candy Color Set (if you cannot find colored Wilton Candy Melts)
- Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator
- cans of white frosting (I used 1½ cans for 16 cupcakes)
- Wilton Cake Decorating Gel (in Leaf Green)
- powdered sugar
- rainbow colored sprinkles
Where to purchase materials:
- Wilton Candy Melts can be purchased at Joann Fabrics, AC Moore, Michael’s, and Walmart. Not every store carries colored melts, so you may have to visit more than one store or color them yourself.
- If you cannot find colored Wilton Candy Melts, I suggest you purchase white Wilton Candy Melts (always available) and color them using the Wilton Primary Candy Color set. Do not use traditional liquid food coloring drops as it will take too much liquid to make the colors vibrant and the liquid will change the consistency of the melts. Excess liquid can cause the melted candy to take on a grainy texture that will be difficult to pipe into molds.
- You’ll want to shop around for the Lego molds. They can be found on Etsy, Amazon, and Ebay. I got the best price for mine on Ebay – $13.98 for both.
- Cupcakes can be prepared from scratch, made from a box mix, or purchased at a grocery store or favorite bakery.
- The Easy Accent Decorator can be purchased directly from Pampered Chef. However, you can save money by purchasing it from Amazon or Ebay. Ebay usually has a better price. Also, keep an eye open for one at yard sales. Over the summer, I picked up a second brand new Easy Accent Decorator at a yard sale for only $2.00! A real steal!
- Melt the candy melts according to the package directions. I prefer to melt the candy in small batches because I find that it melts more quickly and smoothly. If you need to add color to your candy, this is the time to use the Wilton Primary Candy Color Set.
- Spoon the melted candy into a sandwich size zip lock bag. Slide all of the candy to one corner of the bag. Twist the bag to ensure that all the melted candy stays in the bottom corner of the bag. Snip a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the melted candy into the molds. Gently tap the mold on the counter top to remove any air bubbles. Then use a butter knife to smooth out and level the melted chocolate.
- Place molds into the refrigerator and allow the candy to set for an hour.
- While the candy hardens, prepare to ice the cupcakes. Add a bit of the green Wilton Cake Decorating Gel and stir it into the container of icing. Be sure to mix it carefully so that the color is evenly distributed. You won’t need a lot as a little bit of gel goes a long way. If the icing is too thin, I add powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time to stiffen it. Once the icing has reached the desired consistency, fill the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator with green icing and apply the star tip. Pipe stars on top of each cupcake, covering it completely. The green icing will mimic the color of the Lego baseplate.
- Sprinkle the cupcake with rainbow sprinkles. I try to keep the sprinkles around the perimeter of the cupcake, but feel free to cover the entire cupcake if you wish.
- Carefully remove the candy from the molds. This will be easy to do as the molds are made of flexible silicone. You should be able to peel the mold away.
- Gently top each cupcake with a candy Lego brick and mini figure.
- Place cupcakes in the refrigerator to allow the icing to set until you’re ready to serve them.
By the way….if you want to make a more feminine cake for your little girl, please check out my tutorial on the Barbie Birthday Cake.
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