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Maple Snowflake Candy!

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These adorable maple candy snowflakes are made with only one ingredient- maple syrup! Such a delicious and easy-to-make winter treat!

Every winter for most of my life, my mom would tell us about making maple snow candy. It involved pouring hot maple syrup into snow, and it would harden into delicious candy bits. She said they made it at school when she was little, and she loved it.

I’ve never made it- and the thought of pouring anything edible into snow from my backyard? I don’t think so. 🙂 I was thinking about the candy and saw cute snowflake silicone molds online and decided I would try my hand at maple candy. It is a well-known technique, probably made for many years in some families, but a new technique for me- and I learned some things about how to make them well! 🙂

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Here is how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS/SUPPLIES:

  • 1 cup of pure maple syrup (grade A)- I used Wal-Mart brand because it was the least expensive 🙂 Worked great!
  • A few drops of vegetable oil- if desired to prevent boiling over
  • Silicone molds (the ones I got are discontinued- which is so sad!!!  I just got them about 2 weeks ago!) Here is a link to very similar sized ones (2 inch diameter).
  • A candy thermometer

DIRECTIONS:

  • Prepare molds by setting them on a small cookie sheet (to keep them flat). One cup of syrup will make about 8, 2 inch diameter and 1/3 inch deep candies.
  • Pour syrup into a medium saucepan. Clip a thermometer on the side with tip in syrup.
  • Add a few drops of oil on the top to keep it from foaming up when it heats. 
  • Heat to soft-ball stage(about 240F degrees on the candy thermometer), stirring slightly to prevent scalding .
  • Remove from heat, remove thermometer, and do not stir for 5 minutes. 

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  • After 5 minutes, start to stir the mixture. It will (fairly quickly) start to form little bubbles and change color. It will feel like you are scraping sugar off the bottom of the pan. At this point, quickly spoon into molds and then tap the entire cookie sheet on the counter to flatten out the candy in the molds.

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Now. I experimented with this a little. I placed my 1st batch in the freezer to harden for about 15 minutes and they had a sugary film on them when I took them out. I left my second batch in the freezer while I went out for dinner (several hours) and they came out beautifully. I repeated this with 3 more batches and it worked perfectly every time. If you are going to make a lot of these, get a couple of molds to save time! 

Here’s a photo of the second batch (several hours in freezer) vs the 1st batch (15 minutes in freezer) 

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  • Just pop these out of the molds and keep them in a sealed container for up to several weeks. 
  • Enjoy!!

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My thoughts: These are particularly good with a cup of coffee… the sweet and the sugar… yum! I put these on my Christmas cookie trays for friends and they LOVED them. My gluten-free friends were particularly excited about them 🙂

Since the syrup is so expensive, I just did one-cup batches for the 1st two sets- so I could experiment without ruining a whole 2 cups of syrup. My remaining batches, I boiled 2 cups at once and used 2 sheets of molds. You have to pour very quickly when you use 2 cups- so that it doesn’t thicken up before you get it into the mold. Other than that, it worked great and was actually a VERY easy and fun treat! Hope you get a chance to try them! ~r

Other snowy day desserts here on Easybaked: (click a photo to see the recipe)

Snowman Oreo PopsCoconut Cupcakes!!!Caramel Ritz CookiesBerry Bomb Cupcakes4

Winter Garden Cupcakes

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Winter Garden Cupcakes

Blue velvet cupcakes topped with icy white buttercream and pastel shimmery flowers. Who says you can’t have a little summer in the middle of January? 

It was my birthday last week, and I treated myself to the COOLEST kitchen gadget ever- or so I thought. Have you seen the piping tips for frosting that make whole flowers? I saw this video and I was in AWE of these! I’ve never taken cake decorating classes, or ever really attempted frosting flowers, so these little tips seemed perfect for me! I got a set of 12 on Amazon and I couldn’t wait to try them! My goal? A variety of white buttercream flowers dusted in edible pastel powders- like ice-covered flowers- on each cupcake.

The tips didn’t work. I tried a variety of frosting types and consistencies. I tried using the pastry bags included, I tried using a zip-top bag. Argh! Failure!

If the frosting was whipped (my typical buttercream- light and fluffy) it did not keep it’s shape when piped. If the frosting was a nice firm buttercream it simply didn’t pipe out of the tip at all- and squeezing harder either forced a hole in the bag or forced the tip and connecter to separate from the bag.

So, I had the cupcakes and decided to just go with what I had. Topped these with my very favorite buttercream and used a little fondant for the flowers 🙂 I think they are perfect!

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 Here’s how we made them (printable recipe here):

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24 cupcakes)

  • One blue velvet boxed cake mix- plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package. I used Duncan Hines to get this fun wintery blue color- and it was delicious!!!
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (softened)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • A little white food coloring (if desired) to whiten the frosting even further
  • White fondant- I used a bit of Wilton’s boxed fondant, but you can make a little too- recipe here.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to box and bake in 24 cupcake liners. Cool.
  • Place butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until light and whipped (this takes 3-5 minutes, and it will whiten up considerably as you beat it. If you want it whiter, add a bit of white food coloring.
  • Place into a large zip-top bag fitted with a piping tip and pipe swirls on top of each cooled cupcake.
  • To make flower decorations, roll fondant out and cut into leaf and flower shapes using small cookie cutters or fondant cutters.
  • Dust leaves with edible green dust and flowers with edible pastel dust. I use a brand called “Sterling Pearl” and it comes in a wide range of colors, and is available on Amazon or many cake supply stores.

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  • Place decorations on cupcakes and ENJOY!!

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My thoughts: I think that when your “dream” idea dies, that there isn’t really any second option that can replace it. That said- I got SO many compliments on these cupcakes. Everyone loved them. The blue velvet cake mix is really great- if you haven’t tried this one yet, it really is worth it- really great flavor!  Anyone want a set of 12 piping tips? 🙂 I hope you enjoy these wintery treats!  ~r

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We have loads of unique cupcakes here on Easybaked- like these! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Rocky Road Cupcakes!!!!Banana Split CupcakesMalted Milkshake CupcakesPina Colada Cupcakes!

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