Cupcake Topper Tutorial: Autumn Leaves & Mums

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


This guest post is brought to you by award-winning cake artist Erin Gardner, instructor of Craftsy’s new Simply Stunning: Hand-Stamped Cakes class.

Yellow and Gold Mum Toppers

The air is crisp, leaves are falling, and Turkey Day is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get started thinking about Thanksgiving cakes and cupcakes! This cupcake topper tutorial will walk you through a few quick techniques to help add some autumn charm to your cupcakes for the big day.

How to make fondant mums

Fondant Roller, Press and Ball or Orange Fondant

What you’ll need:

  • Red, orange or yellow fondant (try this fondant recipe from Jessica Harris)
  • Rolling pin
  • Small daisy cutter

Directions:

Step 1:

Roll fondant to about 1/8″ thick.

Cutting Flowers from Fondant

Step 2:

Cut out five daisies for a large mum, less for a smaller mum.

Closeup on Flower in the Craftsy Cupcake Tutorial

Step 3:

Pinch each daisy at the center, bringing all of the petals together.

Five Fondant Daisies

Step 4:

Use the five daisies to form your mum by pinching them together at the base.

Orange Fondant Mum on Craftsy

Step 5:

Trim away the excess fondant so that the mum sits flat.

Step 6:

Set aside to dry.

Make as many or as few mums as you like. Here I made mums in orange, red, and yellow to coordinate with my leaf stamps.

How to make leaf cutouts

Tools for Creating Fondant Leaf Cupcake Topper

What you’ll need:

  • White fondant
  • Acrylic blocks (found in any craft store)
  • Rolling pin
  • Leaf fondant cutters

Directions:

Step 1:

Roll white fondant to about 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick.

Step 2:

Cut the leaf shape and remove the extra fondant.

Step 3:

Flip the cut leaf shape over so that the stickier flat side is facing up.

Pressing Acrylic Block Against Leaf

Step 4:

Press the acrylic block against the leaf shape so that it adheres.

Drying Fondant Leaf

Step 5:

Set the stamp aside for a few hours up to overnight, so that the fondant piece dries solid. Repeat with the other leaf shapes.

How to make stamped leaf cupcake toppers

Cupcake Topper Tutorial: Materials Needed

What you’ll need:

  • White fondant
  • Yellow, orange, and red gel food colors
  • Foam craft brushes
  • Paint palette
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 1/2″ round cutter
  • Parchment or wax paper on a cookie sheet

Directions:

Step 1:

Squirt yellow, orange and red gel food color into the wells of a paint palette or into small bowls.

Fondant and Stamping Supplies

Step 2:

Roll white fondant to 1/8″ thick.

Stamping onto Fondant

Step 3:

Start by brushing one of your leaf stamps with yellow gel coloring and stamp a few leaves randomly on the piece of fondant, leaving space for the other colored leaves.

Stamping Red Leaves onto Fondant, Craftsy

Step 4:

Repeat with the orange, and then the red.

Using Cutter to Cut Fondant Shapes

Step 5:

Cut out circles using the 2 1/2″ round cutter.

Drying Fondant Circles, Craftsy

Step 6:

Place cutouts on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet to dry.

Adding Mums to Fondant Circles

Step 7:

Set your mums on top of the round cutouts, attach with a dab of buttercream or royal icing if necessary.

Cupcakes Topped with Completed Cupcake Toppers

Step 8:

Place your toppers on buttercream finished cupcakes and you’re ready to go!

Enroll in Erin’s class Simply Stunning: Hand-Stamped Cakes to learn more innovative ways to use custom stamps in your cake decorating.

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow for a roundup of more fun cupcake ideas for fall!

How do you decorate your cakes for fall?

About Erin Gardner

Headshot of Erin Gardner After developing her cake skills as a pastry chef in numerous New England kitchens, Erin’s cake decorating adventure led her to NYC for a sugar flower class with Ron Ben-Israel. Erin would eventually meet up with Ron again, this time on an episode of his Food Network show, “Sweet Genius,” which she won. Today, Erin’s shop, Wild Orchid Baking Company, has been featured by Brides Magazine as one of 100 best wedding cake makers in the country. Brides Magazine also included a cake of Erin’s as one of America’s Prettiest Wedding Cakes. Look for Erin’s first book, “Great Cake Decorating,” due to be released by Taunton Press in early 2014.