Finally. The much overdue post finishing up the trio of posts on a recent cake project I completed…. Last post I went through the steps it took to create the owl cake topper. This post will go through the steps it took to create cupcake toppers.
For the cupcake toppers, I used the same materials as I did the owl minus the rice krispy treat. First thing I did was modify (aka squished) a metal circle cutter to create a slight oval. I then rolled a piece of medium tan modeling chocolate about a quarter-inch thick. I cut the shapes out and, before I pulled them off the mat, I froze them for a minute to harden the chocolate. I then did the same with a dark brown chocolate and on each piece cut out a triangle at the bottom. I wish I’d rolled the dark chocolate thinner so it wouldn’t be so 3d-ish but oh well. I then cut out the eyes using the fat end of a size 12 icing tip. I then took a size 5 tip and used the small end to cut out black pupils and I pressed them down a bit to enlarge them just a tiny bit. After that I used a fondant/gum paste mold from Wilton to make the pink bows. The eyes and bows as well as the beaks and feet were made from fondant, because with the coloring needed, fondant was a better medium. I then used the tip 12 large end again to cut “feathers” into the light brown part of the owls’ body. Now for the beaks…. Oh boy… This is a very simple step that involved cutting yellow fondant with a star cutter and cutting the tips off to make the beak, then attaching it with some gum glue (gum paste dissolved in water). What would have been great was if I remembered to put beaks on all the owls! How I missed that I don’t know, but I do know I have one very understanding friend who is as resourceful as she is understanding, and she found a way to make it work. Which leads me in to the next step. The feet. Those were daisy shapes cut from yellow fondant that I separated some of the petals to make the feet. They would go below the body, of course, but instead of being attached to the owl they would be stuck into the cupcake icing on one end. That way they would look like they were protruding from the owl. My friend was able to take the feet, break the toes apart and use them as beaks. As it was, the cupcakes were too small, and the feet weren’t going to be used anyway. Phew! It was a very fun project for a very special girl’s first birthday and I was glad I could do this for her. I have a very awesome friend. It was fun. Just….Don’t forget the beaks! 🙂
And now for the finished result…
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