Candy Cane Heart Cupcakes & A Special Ornament
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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.
Life goes on when you lose a loved one, but there will always be a piece of your heart that can never be fixed.
This year, I vowed to find as many In Memory ornaments as I could that were fitting to honor my father. Yesterday, while at Walmart doing some holiday shopping, I found the perfect Hallmark Ornament for my dad. It was conveniently located in the Seasonal Holiday isle in a display loaded with lots of beautiful Hallmark products. There were amazing Hallmark Cards, Hallmark Star Wars Ornaments, Frozen Ornaments, My Little Pony—the list goes on. However, it was the golden angel that my eyes and heart were attracted to that was perfect for my father.
“Perhaps they are not Stars but rather openings in Heaven where Love shines Through.”
This Hallmark Ornament fit perfectly onto my tree and sits near other sentimental family ornaments. It is just so special and brings me much needed soothing for my soul. Since it is the holiday season and my dad did love his sweet treats, I thought it would be cute to share these Candy Cane Heart Cupcakes which are surprisingly easy to make!
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
- microwaveable bowl
- parchment paper
- holiday inspired cupcake papers
- 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
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.
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!
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