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Free Video Tip: How To Make Brooches For Fancy Cupcakes

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Video transcript:

Hi, I'm Marina Sousa, instructor of Jeweled Wedding Cake at In my new course, we are going to be making lots of little brooches and sparkly, blingy things. I'm just going to show you a really quick way to make them, and be able to use them on a cupcake to make it the perfect little adornment.

So, using white coating chocolate, which you can get at regular craft stores (sometimes it's called "candy melts"), you just want to put it in a piping bag that you can squeeze out of. And I am using some button molds. So we've got some buttons and brooches in all different shapes and sizes. And the texture that comes out on these is a lot of fun and the perfect accent to any cupcake. So I'm kind of underfilling these just slightly. And then you take your mold and just tap it until you see it filling in all the little crevices. You can let this set, or you can make it a little bit faster, and pop it in the refrigerator just for a few minutes to get it set up.

I have pre-done some of these. So they just really pop out very easily. Take them from the top, as well. You'll see that these are all different shapes and textures, and we've got some larger ones here. Now in the course, we're going to show you how to hand-paint them and really give them some extra detail.

But for this, just a quick and easy trick, take luster dust, which is just an edible pearlized powder, and just by brushing it on, it really brings out the detail and the highlights. So I've got one in a platinum color. And then take your little jeweled items, and just press them into your buttercream. To take it to the next level, if you want to accent with some quick little pearls or dragees, you can just take a sugar pearl with a little bit of buttercream and pop it in the middle of some of them, even use little silver dragees.

So, this is just a really quick way to fancy-up your cupcakes using some molds. If you'd like to learn more about these techniques or wedding cakes, please enroll in my course, Jeweled Wedding Cake, at

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