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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!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are so adorable! But I'm not sure if I missed a step. What is the black Foodwriter used for? Thanks for sharing! :)

Butterface Cakes said...

You did not miss a step. I actually used the food writer for the cupcake in the background in the picture which is the bunny's face. I just made little dots for his eyes. Sorry about that. I used the wrong picture in the collage. Ooops.

Serena said...

complimenti! meravigliosi! mi unisco ai tuoi lettori! passa a trovarmi!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

They look so cute! Just one question, how much tylose powder would you add to the fondant?

Thanks!

Butterface Cakes said...

Nothing scientific, I'm afraid. I just dipped the ball of fondant into the tylose and then mixed it together. You could also use gumpaste. Or, depending on how long you have to dry the discs, you could skip the tylose altogether. The only problem with that is that the disc will lose its shape faster once it goes on the buttercream, so if they are going to be displayed for any length of time I would definitely use either the tylose or gumpaste.

musicmom27 said...

I finished 12 bunny butts an hour or so ago and you are so right about the pink pads for the feet. Thanks for explaining the tail. I had seen a picture before but couldn't tell what it was.

Cakemaker said...

These cakes are lovely - would it be possible to see the directions for making the bunny faces as well (the ones shown in the background?

Butterface Cakes said...

Thank you Cakemaker! Just quickly, I basically made the same type of purple disc for the base. Then I rolled into a ball about 5 grams worth of fondant and gently flattened down. I used 2 of the small Wilton leaf cutters for the ears (or you can cut free-form), cutting the larger one out of white and the smaller out of pink fondant. Lightly brush the back of the pink with water and place on the white part of the ear. Tuck under the bunny head. I then fashioned a nose and mouth out of pink fondant (a little ball for the nose and a flattened piece for the mouth. I made two small round balls for the cheeks and gently flattened and placed on either side of the nose. I poked little holes in the cheeks to represent where whiskers would go. I used a Foodwriter pen to make little eyes. That's it!