My Darling Sister,

I attempted a Pinterest craft…and succeeded! For a moment I lost faith, and thought this was going to a Pinterest fail. My motivation was to make cupcakes with gold nuggets for a gold panning theme.

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I purchased black Wilton cupcake papers from Michaels. I like how ripply the edges are. Purchased two cans of Wilton edible gold spray, and blue rock candy from the checkout line. I would have purchased clear if they had it, but the choices were red, purple and blue.

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I lined a vans shoe box with tin foil and parchment paper, to handle all the overspray. 

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I took a wooden spoon and broke the rock candy off the stick and into large pieces while still in plastic package. Then I poured the contents onto a tupperware lid. The spray is very liquid and pools, so I took advantage of that.

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The original poster added lustre dust to the rock candy while wet to add a more yellow-golden hue, but I was too lazy to drive back to Michaels.

The first coat was disappointing. Once it dried, then the second coat really stuck and restored my faith in this Pinterest project.

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It took two cans to coat three packages of rock candy.

I frosted the cupcakes with my trusty recipe for buttercream frosting:

3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 of a stick of softened butter
1  teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 teaspoons of milk (I don’t actually measure that I just add little bits at a time till I like the consistency)
a pinch of salt

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GOLD!

I pushed the gold nuggets into the frosting right after piping onto the tops of the cupcakes, because if you wait too long the frosting gets a nice crust.

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Check out my new super-sweet cupcake carrier/display stand. I couldn’t resist – it collapses down to one tier for storage! Also purchased at Michaels – wish I had one of those coupons I always allow to expire.

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We will have to think of more edible things to gild, sister!

 

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