There are a bunch of ways of doing this kind of thing - I quite often like to play with white icing (called fondant in the US), because it's easy to colour and you can shape it with your hands or roll it and use cutters - plus it tastes good, which is the most important part! Chocolate is another great medium - but kind of limiting in that it's brown, and doesn't easily take on other hues... Enter candy melts! These are similar to white chocolate, but with no cocoa butter so they're easy to melt without having to temper it or anything fussy - like the 'white chocolate' melts you get from the supermarket but they come in a bunch of vivid colours.
I was very keen to try these out - and I've had my eye on this button mould for a long time, since I spied it on Bake it Pretty a year or so back. When I saw Kirstin from Torte had ordered a bunch of these from the US I ordered a couple of packets to try - and she has generously sent me seven packets, one of each colour, to give to one of you lucky folk!
I made buttons with each of the three colours I got, to get a cute and colourful assortment of 'buttons'. This mould was a bit of a pain to get the shapes out of when they were set, I think because each button is so small and the plastic is quite firm. However, it wasn't enough of a pain to stop me from having my buttons!
The butterflies were easier to get out, though a couple broke - I was probably a bit impatient. If you're doing this with small and eager helpers bigger, less fragile shapes might be more successful. Or it could be a lesson in patience! (guess I could use that lesson...)
I love the butterflies - they will definitely make gorgeous summery cupcakes. :-)
I'm really please with how the multi-colour thing worked, too - it was really easy, too; just a little paintbrush (like you might use for watercolours, or, if you're like me, cakey stuff!) and just play around.
I'm also happy with the buttons - how adorable are they? And they look like, well, buttons. ;-)
If you'd like to win some of these to try for yourself - one packet of each of the seven flavours - all you have to do is comment on this post before 7pm next Monday (the 25th of October) telling me what you would make if you won. Be as inventive (or conservative!) as you please.
Competition open to NZ residents only, sorry - sending this lot out of the country would probably bankrupt me! Candy melts (as well as lots of other cool stuff) are available from Torte.