I use store-bought candy melts for everything from cake pops to brownie decorations. They don't impart much flavor, though, so when I'm looking for that candy consistency with a specific taste – butterscotch, caramel, white chocolate – I go ahead and grab some baking chips and make my own DIY candy melts.

Candy birthday numbers made with DIY candy melts. This is SUCH an easy cake-topper (nice way to customize a store-bought cake, even).

These are so easy, requiring just two ingredients that I always have around the home: baking chips and coconut oil.

Candy birthday numbers made with DIY candy melts. This is SUCH an easy cake-topper (nice way to customize a store-bought cake, even).

The ratio is about 1 cup chocolate chips to 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Simply place your baking chips and coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir vigorously and then microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring in-between until smooth. If you want to alter the color, simply add in some Wilton icing colors. This works especially well with white chocolate baking chips since you have a blank canvas to work with. A little goes a LONG way!

Candy birthday numbers made with DIY candy melts. This is SUCH an easy cake-topper (nice way to customize a store-bought cake, even).

At this point you can either go ahead and use your DIY candy melts for dipping or for decorating. For decorating you'll want to spoon some into a Ziploc bag, snip off the end and pipe it out.

Candy birthday numbers made with DIY candy melts. This is SUCH an easy cake-topper (nice way to customize a store-bought cake, even).

You can pipe it directly onto your baked item or make stand-up shapes by piping it out flat. I like to put out some wax paper and tape down the edges to ensure that the shapes I make from my DIY candy melts have a nice, smooth surface to dry on. Always make extras, since one or two inevitably break when it's time to remove them from the wax paper.

Candy birthday numbers made with DIY candy melts. This is SUCH an easy cake-topper (nice way to customize a store-bought cake, even).

As you can see, we made these awhile back to celebrate one of the boys' second birthday. Okay, so it's been a long while…I've been busy. At least I thought to photograph them for you guys!

Candy birthday numbers made with DIY candy melts. This is SUCH an easy cake-topper (nice way to customize a store-bought cake, even).

Turn any extra into dots to save the rest of your DIY candy melts in convenient sizes for future projects.

Candy birthday numbers made with DIY candy melts. This is SUCH an easy cake-topper (nice way to customize a store-bought cake, even).

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