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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers

Easter Bunny fondant cupcake toppers

I created these fondant cupcake toppers with my granddaughter in mind. I can't wait to show her! I can just hear her calling them "Bunny Butts" and then howling with laughter until her mommy gives her a gentle reprimand.

These toppers are easy to make and can be done ahead of time. Easter morning, just place a swirl of icing on your cupcakes and place the "Bunny Butts" on top.

You'll need:
  • a 2" scalloped pastry cutter
  • a black FoodWriter (edible ink)
  • a #2 or a #3 decorating tip
  • some white nonpareils
  • fondant
  • gumpaste or tylose powder
  • colour pastes
  • cornstarch 
  • water
  • small paint brush

1. Start by colouring your fondant with paste colours. The purple fondant is then mixed with tylose powder (or mixed 50/50 with gumpaste), so that it dries into a nice hard disc and will keep its shape a bit longer after being place on top of the cupcake.

2. Roll your purple fondant mixture to 1/16th of an inch thick. Cut discs with scalloped pastry cutter and place on a cookie sheet that has been lightly dusted with cornstarch.

3. Once all the discs are cut, go back to the first one and with the decorator tip, press down firmly on a 90 degree angle next to each scallop. The fondant should attach itself to the tip and continue to as you go around the edge. Just pull out the fondant out of the centre of your tip before moving on to the next disc.

4. Using your white fondant roll a ball for the bunny's butt (about 5 grams worth of fondant). Gently flatten with your hand. Moisten with a tiny bit of water and attach it to the disc.

5. To make the feet, use two small pieces of fondant and roll into an oval. Each should be about the same size and shape as a TicTac. Gently flatten with your hand into an oval disc. Take little tiny pieces of pink fondant and roll into little balls. Place three on each foot and press gently into fondant which will flatten them somewhat. (Note: this is the most diddly part of this whole exercise. If you can find very small pink edible pearls, they might just work too.) Attach feet using a tiny dab of water.

6. For the tail, roll a piece of fondant into a small ball. Using a brush dipped in water, moisten the entire ball. Place ball into nonpareils so that they cover about three-quarters of the ball. Lift out and then gently press the side without the nonpareils onto the bunny's butt. That's it!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Vintage Cupcakes

I just wanted to share my excitement over these cute little vintage-looking cupcake wrappers.

They are stand alone so don't require a muffin tin for baking - just place them on a cookie sheet, fill, and pop them in the oven.

I discovered them at Winners and I've also seen them at Home Sense.

Cup of tea and a cupcake anyone?