Celebrate a first birthday or first-place win, or just tell someone that they?re the best with a #1 Pan candy plaque. Continue the number one theme by topping cupcakes with candy numerals shaped in our Letters & Numbers Gum Paste and Fondant Mold Set.
In advance: Mold #1 candy plaque. Begin with 1 pk. melted light cocoa candy; fill to 1st level, tap to settle and chill 5 minutes to set. Add 14 oz. blue tinted candy. Tap, chill until firm. Attach dowel rod to back using melted candy; leave 3 in. exposed at bottom to insert into cake
Also in advance: Make candy letters and 2-tone numbers using Letters & Numbers Set and Piping or Painting Method.
Make 72 candy dots (18 of each color). Mold tinted candy in Candy Melting Plate cavities; fill only 1/8 in. deep. Bake and cool 2-layer cake (bake 1 1/2 in. high layers for a 3 in. high cake) and cupcakes. Ice cake smooth.
Pipe tip 5 bead bottom border. Attach letters to plaque using melted candy. Position candy dots; insert plaque. Spatula ice cupcakes; position numbers.
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.