I made these paw print cupcakes to match the cake pops that were posted a few days ago. You can find the cake pops here. This post contains affiliate links.
Growing up, I used to get so bummed out when I’d go to a birthday party and they’d have one of those themed sheet cakes from the grocery store. They looked awesome, but that was about it. The cake part was always super dry and the frosting is probably what gave me my first cavity. Since then, I try to do my very best when it comes to making birthday cakes for my family. I use premium ingredients and I most always make it from scratch. My creations may not look as stunning as one with My Little Pony frolicking on a rainbow, but hey, at least they’re edible.
For these paw print cupcakes I used my go-to vanilla frosting recipe. I didn’t load it on this time since I knew they were going to be for a 4-year-old. As a matter of fact, she ended up scraping it off anyways. My sister and I both don’t care for too much frosting so we found this to be the perfect amount (unlike my Pink and Gold Cupcakes that had more frosting than cake!).
The paw prints are nothing more than thin pieces of candy bark with pink colored paw prints piped on. I simply melted some candy bark, spread it out thin on a piece of parchment, then cut out rounds with a cookie cutter. It’s super easy!
How to make the Paw Print Cupcakes:
Start off with your favorite cupcake and frosting recipes. It can be any flavor you like.
Chop up and melt some candy bark. I like to melt it in a plastic container and just stick it in the microwave starting with 30 seconds (I wish I had silicone bowls, they’re on my list) . Check it and stir.
If after stirring for a bit you still have some unmelted pieces, stick it back in for 10 seconds at a time until it’s smooth. You can also do this on top of a double boiler.
Pour the melted candy bark over some parchment. I used one of my old Silpats to give them texture but I didn’t like the way it looked so I re-melted it and used parchment. I’d recommend parchment for this.
Use an offset spatula to spread the candy bark thinly over the surface. Work quick as it will start to set the more you mess with it. Set it aside for about 10 minutes or so.
Once the sheen has disappeared from the surface of the candy bark, use a small round cookie cutter to cut out small discs. Let these sit on the parchment until completely firmed up. It shouldn’t take long at all.
To make the pink paw prints, you can either use pink candy melts or color some candy bark with special food coloring that’s specifically designed to be used with chocolate. (You can find the kind I used HERE) ← affiliate link*
Once you’ve popped out the white discs from the parchment, melt the pink candy coating and pour it into your piping bag. I found that it’s best to use a plastic piping bag with a metal tip and coupler since it firms up almost instantaneously in a parchment cone. If the candy starts to set up in the bag, simply press your finger over the opening of the metal tip and run it under hot water to loosen it back up.
I used a paw print design that I found online as a guide, but it’s essentially just 4 dots with an upside down triangle underneath. Once you’ve piped them on, let them dry for a few minutes then place one on each cupcake.
Don’t forget to pin this tutorial for later! →
Here is a link to the paw cake pops as well →
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