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Bee Mine!

Contest Photo by: lowlymeow
Panama, NY
Category: Cupcakes

Description

Your valentine will be "buzzing" for more with these sweet cupcakes! This cute little bee with heart shaped wings sits on a heart shaped flower ready to greet your valentine. Easy to make using grocery-bought candies and candy melts, you can make these with your family for a Valentine's Day treat!

Ingredients

Cupcakes
frosting
Heart shaped gummy candies, or gumdrops flattened with a rolling pin and shaped into petals
yellow peanut M&Ms (find them in bulk candies for easier selection)
chocolate candy making wafers
mini chocolate chips

How to Make

  • Frost the cupcake as desired.

  • Create the flower by placing a heart shaped gummy in the center. To make petals use more heart shaped candies, or flatten gumdrops with a rolling pin.

  • To make the bee, place 1/4 cup chocolate candy melts in a quart size freezer bag. Microwave for 1 minute at 50% then squeeze bag to mix them around. Keep microwaving at 15 second increments until the chocolate is completely melted. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the bag.

  • Working on wax paper place a small dime size circle on the paper. Top with the yellow M&Ms. To make stripes, simply stripe chocolate across each M&M (don't worry if it doesn't cover the sides) - the wings cover them.

  • To make wings, draw small hearts with the chocolate on the wax paper. Place in fridge for 2 minutes to harden.

  • To place bee onto cupcake, use a small amount of the melted chocolate to attach. When attaching wings, use more melted chocolate. For eyes, add a small dab of frosting, then use a mini - chocolate chip for each eye.

  • Finally, make heart shape signs using card stock and toothpicks to tell your valentine to "Bee Mine!"

  • Tips for Taking a Great Photo:
    • Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your cupcake or sweet treat is the star!
    • Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash.
    • Upload a horizontal photo. If you crop the image on your computer, make sure you keep a landscape 4:3 aspect ratio.
    • For best results, make your image 1200x900 (or "save for web").
    • With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!