Vintage Candy Buttons
I found these vintage button molds at Bake it Pretty and fell in love. Especially when they showed up again on Bakerella. How cute are these for a baby shower? I was dying for an excuse to give them a try and was definately justified when planning my friend Rachel's baby shower. They look sweet in any color and the chocolate melting wafers come in a huge variety now. The molds are easy to work with and have I mentioned these candy buttons taste GREAT? I couldn't keep Jack away from them. The pictures for this post are also great, well, more like amazing because my friend Travis photographed them. I packaged these candy buttons in little clear bags and used the vintage labels from Bake It Pretty (pdf download). I made labels for the back with Rachel's name and the date of the shower. They were the perfect favors and looked nice displayed on a white cake stand.
I couldn't resist using the leftover buttons to decorate the lemon cupcakes. The detail on these buttons is amazing, especially since some of them are so small.
Here are my supplies. I purchased two button molds, and I was glad I did since it made the process go much faster.
First melt a small amount of wafers in the microwave. Stir every 20 seconds, and be sure not to burn them. This will only take a minute to a minute and a half.
I poured the melted chocolate into a plastic squeeze bottle and filled each spot.
The squeeze bottle made this pretty easy. You could also use a plastic ziplock bag with the corner cut off. I haven't had great success with the ziplock bag method in the past, so I didn't even attempt it. Once the molds are all filled gently tap on the counter and the chocolate will spread evenly over the mold making the tops flat and even. Place in the freezer for two to three minutes.
Remove from the freezer and tap the back of the mold to release the buttons. Don't be afraid to bend or be firm with the mold, some of the buttons will be more difficult to release.
Feel free to use the tip of sharp knife to help those more difficult ones out of the mold.
Repeat this process with as many colors as you want.
I have never worked with candy molds or chocolate melting wafers before trying these buttons. It was much easier than I expected, and the results were much better than I anticipated. Bake it Pretty has a great selection of molds, melting wafers, and the cutest packaging for baked goods. No, I don't work for them, but I really love their online store. If you give these a try, let me know. I would love to see yours!