- 60 minutes
- 20 minutes
Gather your ingredients and pre-heat the oven to 350°F
- Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. This recipe yields about 24.
Start by preparing your brownie mix following the directions on the box.
Fill the cupcake liners roughly a third full of the brownie batter.
Next, prepare the vanilla cake mix using the boxed directions. Add food coloring to achieve your desired color. For fall we chose orange. Spoon the cake mixture on top of the brownie mixture.
Next, we bake our cupcakes for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and the cakes are done. Let the cupcakes cool after baking. They should be completely cool with no residual heat.
- Once completely cool, top with your favorite frosting. In this recipe whipped cream frosting was used to keep it light. To create the frosting, combine the cream, sugar and extract in a large bowl and whip until frosting is stiff. Let sit for a couple of minutes and fill a pastry bag. Use to frost cupcakes.
- Next, we create the leaf topper. Gather some toothpicks, food safe paintbrush, some candy melts in fall colors and your leaf mold.
Put some candy melts into a microwave safe bowl. I chose a pale brown for my first color.
- Melt in 20 second intervals, stirring with the toothpicks after each 20 seconds. Stop heating once the candy melts are 80% melted and stir to use residual heat to melt the remaining few pieces.
- Next, while the candy is still melted, you can use a food safe paintbrush or a small spoon to add the first color into your candy mold.
- Nature is not perfect so put it in how you want it. I do a different paint on every leaf!
- Melt your next color. I chose a lime green. your next melt color into your mold.
- Melt your next candy melt color. I chose a maple red. Paint your next melt color into your mold.
- Melt your next candy melt color. Lastly, I chose a deeper green. Paint your next melt color into your mold.
After painting your molds, you will have a variety of leaf looks! Place it into a freezer for at least 20 minutes to freeze the chocolate.
After frozen, remove your candy mold from the freezer. Once the mold warms back up a bit the candy will fall right out of the mold. You can gently rub the top of the mold with your finger if you want to speed up the process. Place the leaf on top of the cakes and frosting!