Marbled Candy Melts and an Accidental Spiderman Cupcake

We did a socially-distanced cupcake drop to welcome the newest members of Trevor's Scout troop. There were some extra cupcakes, so instead of frosting them like a normal person, I decided to do some experimentation with Candy Melts (affiliate link). I was wondering if I could treat the candy like paint pouring and get some cool marbled designs.

I took the paper liners off the cupcakes and elevated them on empty K-cups. Then I poured Candy Melts over the tops, hoping they'd behave like ganache and leave a smooth, shiny coating. It was clear I needed to thin the Candy Melts a bit, so I followed these directions using shortening. My experiment was semi-successful. I had to use a toothpick to swirl the colors and to encourage it to run over the sides. Cupcakes with more of a dome would have worked better. 

Once the candy set, I moved the cupcakes into silicone cupcake baking cups. Pretty!

Steve pointed out that the blue/red swirl would be perfect for a Spiderman party theme. Total accident, but cool nonetheless. Here's a pin for you if Spiderman is your thing. 

Did you notice the cup on the right-hand side of the second photo in this post? I dripped different colors of Candy Melts into a plastic cup, swirled it around, then set it upside down on parchment paper to set. I'd hoped to be able to slide the hardened candy out of the cup intact, but it didn't work. What did work was pouring Candy Melts into a Dixie cup, then tearing it away when the candy was set. 

I had a lot of fun playing with Candy Melts, as always. There is so much you can do with them!


  1. These look awesome.... and that totally looks like a Spiderman design!!!!


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