Cupcake On Martha Stewarts Website

Baking By mommak Updated 10 Jul 2008 , 8:53pm by southaustingirl

mommak Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 11:37am
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Have any of you tried this method before, melting lifesavers?? Just curious how it works.

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oliveoyle Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 11:40am
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I haven't tried it but I would be interested myself to know how it works .

pennywells Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 12:47pm
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I haven't used lifesavers but I have used tootsie rolls and starburst that can give that same look.

wgoat5 Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 12:57pm
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I have melted the clear lifesavers

pamconn Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 1:53pm
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could you provide a link to this please? I'm not finding it on her site. These look cool and I'd like to try them.

gottabakenow Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 1:58pm
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thats a really cool effect.

pianocat Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 2:06pm
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I have used Jolly Ranchers for stained glass effect, works well.

KHalstead Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 2:08pm
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any clear hard candy can be crushed up and melted like that. Usually you see that technique for windows on gingerbread houses and such.

Dawanka Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 2:12pm
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KHalstead is right any hard candy just make sure you grease the bottom of the pan. Getting that stuff off isn't fun if it sticks. LOL icon_wink.gif

jessieb578 Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 2:14pm
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wow! that's so cool...definitely something to try!

ziggytarheel Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 2:27pm
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Do you just free hand the wings? Is the melted candy easy enough to control to do that? Or do you have to use something to mold the shape?

leah_s Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 2:35pm
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ditto KHalstead. I've done the crushed up candy, melted for gingerbread house windows. I can't imagine piping hot sugar, though.
Well, actually I can exactly imagine it and won't do it.

KHalstead Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 4:37pm
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yeah piping it sounds dangerous
I'm wondering if they didn't just melt a pudle of it and use the back of a spoon or something to kind of manipulate it out into that shape. I mean butterflies are not a super complicated's kinda like a long tear drop for each wing. they are beautiful though!

PinkZiab Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 5:10pm
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Ahhh sugar is one of my favorite things to work with--Cover your ears ladies, but I might like working with sugar even more than cake lol... I was scared as ALL get out the first time I piped it (and have a few scars to show for it), but anyway, if you let the melted candy cool on a silpat till it's pliable, but you can handle it, you can shape those wings manually.

mommak Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 5:50pm
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mommak Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 6:00pm
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Ok I'm confused icon_cry.gif Do you just spray a pan, set candies on the pan, bake until melted? How long does it usually take to melt?

Win Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 6:10pm
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I have used the crushed life saver (really any hard candy) method for years and years and years. When I was a kid, one of our favorite Christmas cookies was called, "Stained Glass Windows." You make a sugar cookie, cut out its center and fill it with crushed lifesavers which then melted into a stained glass effect. As well, I use it in gingerbread, and for water when I have the time to fool with it vs. piping gel.

Edited to add:

Crush the candy into small bits, use either foil or a silpat and allow crush candies to melt which only takes minutes. It's a "watch it 'til it happens" kind of thing... make sure all corners are filled so the melt is even. You can use cookie cutters as forms and fill them with a light layer of the crushed candy. Remove the cutter when the candy starts to set. Too soon and it will loose its shape.

-K8memphis Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 6:24pm
post #18 of 20 has some really user friendly recipes.

Here's to get you to the list:

Then umm this is one of my favorites:

Now be real real careful with that stuff--dangerously hot hot hot!

Using crushed candy is easier, safer-- I mean you can make a mold out of the aluminum foil too. Sprinkle in candy, melt wa la.

Like 325 for a few minutes, maybe 5-7 minutes gets it melted something like that.

southaustingirl Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 8:52pm
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Here's one I did for my hubby's co-worker's daughter.

southaustingirl Posted 10 Jul 2008 , 8:53pm
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oops......I posted my previous picture in the wrong thread. Sorry!!!

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