Are you feeling a little down now that all the holidays are over? Need something a little fun to brighten those winter days?  How about making some red or pink hearts to top your next batch of cupcakes?   These heart toppers would also be perfect for Valentines Day cupcakes.  Or just to show a little extra love to someone special.  Follow these easy instructions from My Baking Addiction to make someone’s day a little brighter!

How to Make Heart Accents for Cupcakes

To make the heart accents, you’ll need pink and red candy melts (available in the cake decoration section of any major craft store).

Melt the candy melts in a bowl in the microwave (at 50% power) for 30 second intervals until mostly melted. Stir until fully melted.

Fill a piping bag with melted candy melts (place the bag in a large drinking glass, and fold bag over the rim of the glass to hold the bag open). Snip off the end of the piping bag with scissors.

As an alternative, if you want more intricate designs, you may want to add a piping tip to your bag before adding the candy melts.

“Draw” your desired shapes (in this case hearts) with the melted candy melts, onto a sheet of parchment paper. To keep the parchment paper in place, use painters tape to tape the paper to a baking sheet (as shown below).

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Play around with different designs. If you want a two tone heart (or heart inside a heart), draw one small heart, let it set for 10 minutes or so, then use a second color candy melts to create a larger heart shape on top of the first. When the candy melts have set, you can turn it over to see both hearts. The same idea can be used to include a letter inside of a heart (as shown below). For the word LOVE, I wrote the letters backward (of course this doesn’t apply with the O or V) on the parchment paper. Once the letters had set up a bit (about 10 minutes), I used pink candy melts to make a large heart around, and covering the letters. Once the candy melts had set, peel the shape off of the parchment paper, turn over, and the letter is revealed.

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