{Recipe} Arise and Shine Forth Sunshine Cupcakes

This year the theme for the LDS Youth is...
"Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations."
Doctrine and Covenants 115:5

My step mom is an adviser with the Young Women's youth group, and tonight is their New Beginnings Program, to introduce the theme.
Janis asked if I would help make some cupcakes.
So after some thinking...

The Arise and Shine Forth Sunshine Cupcakes

1 box White Cake Mix
1 Batch Lemon Curd
1 batch Homemade Buttercream- tinted yellow
1/2 bag each Wilton Yellow and Wilton Orange Candy Melts
Yellow Sanding Sugar

Make cupcakes according to package directions.  After making and cooling the lemon curd, inject some into the middle of each cupcake.
Mix up the frosting, tinting it to desired shade of yellow.  I used Americolor Lemon Yellow.
Using a large pastry bag, with a large open star tip, swirl the frosting on top of the cupcake.
After 4-5 cupcakes, sprinkle on the sanding sugar before the frosting hardens.

{Sunburst Pieces}
Tear off two pieces of wax paper, approximately 2 feet long
In two separate microwave safe bowls, pour the yellow and orange melts.
Microwave the first bowl in 35 second increments until melted.
Pour onto one sheet of wax paper, spreading with an off-set spatula until 1/8 inch thick.
Follow the same steps for the second bowl.
Once both sheets are almost completely hardened, use a pizza cuter and paring knife to create strips of triangles.  
Let the melts harden the rest of the way, then carefully break them apart.
Place around the edge of the cupcake, using the frosting as glue.

There are so many great ways to use this amazing theme.
There are printables like the one below, wood signs, jewelry...
It makes me want to be involved with the YW Program again.
But, it's not the right time, and so I serve with the cute little 2 year olds:) 
This printable was created by Kristyn, and available for download at Lil Luna
She does a great job and has a wide selection.