Stars and Stripes: A Sparkling 4th of July Fondant Cupcake Tutorial

With Independence Day coming up, show your patriotism with red, white and blue cupcakes, while also learning to create fondant patterns for your future sweet projects!

Here’s how to make a sparkling stars and stripes fondant topper!

Stars and  Stripes fondant tutorial

Materials needed:

  • Red, white and blue fondant
  • Fondant rolling pin with 1/8″ and 1/16″ guide rings
  • Water/edible glue and brush
  • 2 1/4″ circle cutter
  • Small star cutter
  • Large star cutter
  • USA letter cutters
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • Small modeling stick
  • Spatula
  • Fondant storage board
  • Vegetable shortening
Patriotic fondant tutorial step 1

Step 1:

Roll out blue fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings. Utilize the 2 1/4″ circle cutter to make a very light indentation on the blue fondant. This will help you to space out the stars within the circle, but if you don’t mind having sporadic patterns or cutting off stars once complete, skip making the light indentation.

Step 2:

With the small star cutter, punch out little stars from the blue fondant and set some of the stars aside for later. Allow the blue fondant to sit for a bit to dry just slightly so that when you move it, it doesn’t lose its shape.

Patriotic fondant tutorial step 2

Step 3:

Roll out white fondant thin with the rolling pin and 1/16″ guide rings. Utilize the rolling pastry cutter to trim off some of the blue fondant around the circle you indented to avoid wasting too much fondant.

Step 4:

Spread some water/edible glue on the bottom of the blue fondant (making sure you keep the circle as close to its original form as possible) and glue it to the thin white fondant piece. Utilize the spatula to aid you in moving the blue fondant so it does not fold, bend or stretch. Feel free to spread a bit of vegetable shortening to the surface of the fondant to ensure it remains soft as you continue to work with it.

Patriotic fondant tutorial step 3

Step 5:

Rolling out white fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings. Cut out stars with the small star cutter (the same quantity as you did from the blue fondant).

Step 6:

Begin to apply water/edible glue to the bottom of each star and carefully inserting them into the star openings in the blue fondant. Since you just cut them out, they are still soft enough to mold into the existing star cavities, but apply vegetable shortening if necessary to avoid tearing or drying.

Patriotic fondant tutorial step 4

Step 7:

Line up the 2 1/4″ round cutter as closely as possible to the existing circle indentation you previously made, then cut it out completely. Set the fondant topper aside to dry.

Patriotic fondant tutorial step 5

Step 8:

Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings and with the rolling pastry cutter, cut out several strips (approximately 6-7). Try to cut the width of the strips as equally as possible.

Step 9:

Place the white fondant strips inside the storage board to ensure they remain soft and set it aside.

Patriotic fondant tutorial step 6

Step 10:

Repeat the steps above to cut out strips from the red fondant and place them alongside the white fondant in the storage board.

Step 11:

Roll out white fondant thin with the rolling pin and 1/16″ guide rings.

Step 12:

Make a slight indentation with the 2 1/4″ circle cutter on the thin white fondant and cut the excess off with the rolling pastry cutter to avoid excess waste. Make sure you leave a bit of room, just in case!

Step 13:

Begin to apply water/edible glue to the thin white fondant and gluing the red and white strips, alternating colors. Start at one end and continue working horizontally towards the other end, making sure your strips are fairly straight vertically.

Patriotic fondant tutorial step 7

Step 14:

Once you have completed gluing the striped pattern down, utilize the 2 1/4″ round cutter to punch out a circle. Set it aside and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Patriotic fondant tutorial step 8

Step 15:

Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings and cut out a large star with the cutter.

Step 16:

Roll out both blue and red fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8″ guide rings and cut out USA with the corresponding letter cutters.

Step 17:

Utilize the small modeling stick to make little indentations around the perimeter of the fondant star for added decoration. Make additional indentations through the center of the letters.

Step 18:

Glue the letters to the center of the star and add a few of the blue stars you had originally cut to further embellish the fondant topper. Allow to dry thoroughly.

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