In advance: Using candy colors, tint portions of melted candy yellow, pink, violet and green. Mold candies without lollipop sticks using painting or piping method.
Also: Make fondant watering can topper. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex? to 6 oz. fondant. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick. Use pattern to cut out watering can. Use largest round Cut-Out? to cut circle for base. For easel back, roll out additional fondant 1/2 in. thick. Shape a 90° triangular wedge of fondant, 3/4 in. wide x 1 1/2 in. high. Let all pieces dry for 24 hours on cornstarch-dusted board. Using full-strength royal icing, outline watering can with tip 3. Using thinned royal icing and tip 3, pipe bead flower petals; add dot centers. Let dry.
Water Spray: Use thinned royal icing to pipe about 30 water beads, 1/4 in. long, on waxed paper-covered board. Let dry. Cut florist wire into two 6 in. and three 8 in. lengths. Group and tape ends together. Tape end to waxed paper-covered board and arrange spray. Using full-strength royal icing, attach water beads to wires, about 1/2 to 3/4 in. apart; let set. Attach spray to back of spout; let dry. Attach watering can and wedge to base; let set.
Bake and cool cupcakes. Ice smooth. Position candies. Pipe tip 352 leaves. Position cupcakes and topper on stand at party.
Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.
Here?s a dainty and beautiful way to sprinkle a little joy and sunshine on your desserts table! Whether it?s a bridal shower, Mother?s Day or even a special summer birthday, this botanic trio will brighten any occasion.
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