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  1. How cute are these! And tootsie roll hair bows — brilliant. I would have never guessed.

    • Thanks Sharon! I love the tootsie roll hair bows – now I keep thinking of all the possibilities of this technique! You could use tootsie rolls or taffy with molds to make just about any kind of cupcake decorations – or even just shaped candy to complement a party theme. That may be another blog post!

  2. Of course I love it!!! my cupcakes have never looked that nice… trying your frosting recipe next time….. For the Holiday, I used my cookie press for the first time… thought it would be harder than it was… Jarrett didn’t believe I made them… said they looked store bought and tasted great….. :)

    • Thanks Gwen! I hope you love the frosting – it’s our favorite. It’s also perfect for Christmas cut out cookies. Congrats on the cookie press success! Pretty awesome impressing a teenager! That’s hard to do!I tried using a cookie press once and didn’t have much luck – I’ll have to find out which one you have and what dough recipe you used before I give that another try!

  3. wow!!! it’s just what i needed :) thanks so much…

  4. This has been so helpful to me! Just wondering if you remember what the size of your bow mold was? Trying to visualize the “right” size bow for a standard cupcake isn’t working well for me and I’d hate to get one too small or too big! Yours look perfect!

    • Seashell says:

      Hi Nikki, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :) I checked my past purchases on Etsy and found that the size was listed as 31mm. Measuring the actual mold, the bow size measures 1 1/4″ wide and 3/4″ high at the largest points. I hope that helps! Please stop back and let me know how they turn out or if you have any other questions – Best of luck! –Michelle

  5. May I ask where you get the disposable cupcake holders?

    • Seashell says:

      I purchased mine from a Cleveland-area store: Hollo’s Papercraft. They carry the disposable holders very inexpensively. But I also just saw similar cupcake holders at GFS (Gordon Food Service) so if you have a store near you, that’s the first place I’d check. If not, a local restaurant supply store or bakery may be able to get you what you need. Thanks for stopping by!

    • I wonder if Sam’s Club or Maines Paper and Food Warehouse carries them!

      • Good idea Kristina – those are good possibilities – if anyone finds out for sure, please comment and I will update the post. Thanks!!

  6. Making these this week. Eek. Party on Saturday in AZ heat. Hoping they turn out. Thankful I stumbled upon this blog. Minnie mouse luau theme.

    • Seashell says:

      Love your theme, April!!!! Good luck with your cupcakes! They’ll be great but watch the candy bows and ears in the heat – they could melt. You may want to keep them in the house or a cooler until it’s nearly time for cake. Please stop back & let me know how they turn out :)

      • definitely wait to put the candy bows on at the last min. we tried to save leftover cupcakes and the bows totally melted into the frosting in the fridge! before party i kept my candy bows laid out on a sheet of wax paper in the fridge (it was hot then too so they def needed to firm up a bit before decorating!) and they were fine in the fridge on the paper, just after they were sitting in the frosting they got melty (literally, like puddles! lol). good luck!

        • Seashell says:

          Nicky – thanks so much for sharing your experience. There must be some reaction between the frosting and the candy. My daughter’s party was at an inflatable place and the room was so hot. I noticed a little melting when we were serving the cupcakes and thought it was the heat. I will add an update to the directions to help others. If heat will be a big issue or if anyone plans for leftovers, they may want to use fondant for bows instead. Again, thanks so much!!!

          • Thankfully the pool where we are having the party has an air conditioned party room. I Will definitely wait to attach bows until last minute. Thank you. I will update you as to how they turn out.

  7. What brand of candy melts did you use?? I looked at the Welton one’s but they’re kind of small for the bows I made :(

    • Seashell says:

      I used Wilton. It’s okay that your bows were larger than mine. I’m sure your cupcakes were still amazing! Remember, Minnie Mouse wears a pretty large bow on her head!!!!

  8. ok making cupcakes tomorrow. Any ideas where to get a mold quick? I tried hobby lobby and they didn’t have one. And where did you find the tootsie rolls?

    • i wasn’t able to find a mold locally, that may be difficult. i got my mold from etsy as well. the fruit tootsie rolls were sold at my target (you can actually check online to see if they’re in stock at your store which was nice). if you have to find a bow mold locally, maybe you can find a hard plastic mold for chocolate at one of the craft stores or something? good luck!

    • Seashell says:

      Check online for your area to see if there are any chocolate or bakery supply stores and check with them for molds. Or see if any etsy suppliers will overnight them. Like Nikki, I had gotten some of the Tootsie Rolls at Target and some from a candy store. Good luck!

  9. Love these! Can you recommend which flavor of Frooties makes the best pink color – strawberry, watermelon or fruit punch? I plan on ordering on amazon so I cannot see the shades of pinks.

    • Thanks so much, Kristy! It’s been months since I purchased these so I’m not 100% sure, but I will give you my best recollection. I used some of the Tootsie Roll Fruit Rolls that were Cherry flavored and those I thought had the best color IMO and were easiest to mold. From the Frooties line, I either used the Fruit Punch or Strawberry Lemonade flavor. I am almost positive that I used Fruit Punch and that the color was a little darker than the Cherry ones I had first purchased and they still worked fine. If anyone else has any experience, I hope they will comment. I would bet that the strawberry color would be lighter, so it’s a matter of whether you want a lighter or brighter pink. If you want to be sure, I found the contact info online for the Tootsie company (773) 838-3400 and I am sure they would be happy to answer your question. Best of luck to you!

  10. Hi Michelle,
    Can I order the mini bow mold #2…..
    Please Et me know, we’re doing my grad daughters 1 st birthday and I love the idea of making these cupcakes…
    Thank- you

    • Seashell says:

      I ordered mine from a vendor on, but I know she doesn’t sell there anymore. There are others though that sell these molds on Etsy and other websites – I think a quick online search will give you some options. Good luck! Please come back and tell me how your cupcakes turn out!

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