Candy Cane Heart Cupcakes are a fun way to enjoy a a festive dessert this holiday season. Learn how to make heart shapes from candy canes and melting chocolate.
The holiday season is officially in full swing! I have my beautiful Christmas tree up and my interior is decorated to the nines, but there is something missing right now and that is my dad! Last December 13th my dad passed away literally out of nowhere in his sleep. His death was peaceful, yet sudden and really took a toll on my family. While I miss my dad greatly, I know it was his time, and that keeps my heart from being completely broken.
I thought these Candy Cane Heart Cupcakes would be fitting for this post because they represent my love for my dad this Christmas season. I did use conventional boxed cake mix and frosting, but the skill comes in with the candy cane hearts.
Here is how to make these Candy Cane Heart Cupcakes:
- boxed chocolate cake mix & required ingredients
- 1 tsp of peppermint extract
- 2 Jars of white fluffy frosting
- 40 mini candy canes
- 1 cup of white melting chocolate
- holiday sprinkles
- 2 thick zippered bags
- rubber mallet or rolling pin
- microwaveable bowl
- parchment paper
- holiday inspired cupcake liners
- large star tipped frosting tip & pastry bag
Make and bake your cupcakes according to the box instructions, but add the additional peppermint extract to the mix.
Once cupcakes are cooled, frost them using a large star frosting tip.
Place 10 mini candy canes in a zippered bag and gently smash them using your hammer.
Sprinkle cupcakes with crushed candy canes.
Make Candy Cane Hearts
To make candy cane hearts, place candy canes in heart shapes on a baking sheet and bake for 2 mins at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Once they are out of the oven gently push them together to form the heart.
If you chose to add melted chocolate to the middle, melt chocolate over a double boiler on in the microwave until smooth. Add to a thick zippered bag and pipe the chocolate onto the hearts-add sprinkles. The candy cane hearts must remain on the parchment lined pan and cool in the fridge until completely hardened.
Add candy cane hearts to your cupcakes, and let you guests marvel over how stinkin’ cute they look! I chose to make these peppermint mocha cupcakes because my dad enjoyed chocolate and peppermint.
Why not consider gifting someone special a Hallmark Ornament and card this holiday season. With 16 Walmart Exclusives, resin figurines, Holiday Barbie, and new deco figurines there is something for everyone! You could even send over a batch of these Candy Cane Heart Cupcakes to go along with the gift!