Olé! Cinco de Mayo Cupcake Tutorial

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Cake Decorating |


If you’re looking for some Cinco de Mayo cupcake decorating ideas for an upcoming Mexican celebration, look no further. You can shake your maracas as you follow this Cinco de Mayo cupcake tutorial, and then be inspired by these Mexican-themed cakes! It’s a fiesta here on Craftsy!

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “the fifth of May,” is a celebration in remembrance of the Mexican victory over the French Army back in 1862, not the Mexican Independence, as many people mistakenly believe. The commemoration is observed in regions of Mexico, but it is also a widely popular holiday in the United States, honoring many people’s Mexican heritage.

Adorable Cinco de Mayo themed cupcake tutorial

If you love the Cinco de Mayo cupcake toppers featured in this post, you can find them along with over 80 other creative fondant tutorials, tips and tricks in the new book Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers.

Adorn your Cinco de Mayo cupcakes and treats with a fondant sombrero, mustache and maracas!

Materials needed:

  • Fondant (yellow, red, green, orange, yellow and black)
  • 7/8″ and 1 1/4″ round cutters
  • Small square cutter
  • Medium teardrop cutter
  • Rolling pin with 1/8″ and 1/16″ guide rings
  • 2 wooden dowels
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • Precision knife
  • 1 flower forming cup
Supplies for fondant sombrero, mustache and maracas

Fondant sombrero tutorial

Step 1:

Roll out yellow fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels and cut out a ⅞” circle with the round cutter.

Step 2:

Roll it into a ball, then shape it into a stout cone to form the top of the sombrero.

Step 3:

Roll out yellow fondant with the rolling pin ⅛” thick and cut out a 1¼” circle with the round cutter. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the flower forming cup, and put the circle inside to dry.

Step 4:

Roll out red fondant with the rolling pin 1/16″ thick and use the rolling pastry cutter to cut out a ¼” strip.

Step 5:

Fit it to the bottom of the cone, trim it and glue it.

Step 6:

Roll out green fondant with the rolling pin 1/16″ thick and use the rolling pastry cutter to cut out a thinner strip.

Step 7:

With the corner of the small square cutter, trim the top and make a triangular pattern.

Step 8:

Fit it to the bottom of the cone over the red strip, trim it and glue it.

Step 9:

When the bottom of the sombrero is dry enough and holding its shape, glue the cone in the center to form the sombrero.

Fondant maracas tutorial

Step 1:

Roll out orange fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels and cut out two small squares with the cutter.

Step 2:

Roll them into balls, then start rolling one end out with your fingers to form the maraca handles, keeping the opposite end round.

Step 3:

Roll out yellow, green and red fondant with the rolling pin 1/16″ thick. Use the fluted blade of the pastry cutter to cut very thin strips of the yellow and green fondant and regular thin strips of the red.

Step 4:

Fit them to the maracas, trim them and glue them on, tucking them underneath. When firm enough, glue one maraca to the other.

Fondant mustache tutorial

Step 1:

Roll out black fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels and cut out two medium-sized teardrops with the cutter.

Step 2:

Round out the edges with your fingers (dipped in shortening, if necessary) and curl up the thin ends.

Step 3:

Join and glue the wide ends together to form the mustache. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Now get ready for a fiesta of Mexican-themed cakes!

Mexican-themed birthday cake

Photo via Craftsy member claudia_d3091243

Mexican birthday cake

Craftsy member and cake artist claudia_d3091243 created this beautiful Mexican birthday cake. Finished in the Craftsy class Basic Fondant Techniques, this cake involves an incredible use of texture, from the sand to the cacti to the wood grain. The figure is dressed in a traditional and colorful poncho and sombrero, tying back to the classic banner placed around the bottom tier. Though not specifically made for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, this desert scene would be perfect for the occasion!

Learn more about creating figures from fondant in the course Cake Topper Techniques: Figure Modeling with Anne Heap to duplicate similar people toppers for your cakes and cupcakes.

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Cake

Photo via Craftsy member L2 Just Cakes

Topsy turvy Cinco de Mayo cake

In the course Topsy Turvy Cake Construction with Richard Ruskell, Craftsy member L2 Just Cakes built this fun and adorable Cinco de Mayo cake for a Mexican celebration! Utilizing the traditional Mexican flag colors of red, green and white, the three tiers were covered in fondant and individually cut decorations. Streamers in the coordinating colors are shooting from different locations, while the word FIESTA tops the cake.

For further instruction on creating and personalizing your confections, be sure to check out the new Craftsy course Custom Lettering & Monograms with Nicholas Lodge.

How will you be celebrating this Cinco de Mayo?