The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and it’s the perfect day to stay inside and bake. Cupcake toppers designed to look like beautiful mums and fallen leaves are the perfect way to add some seasonality to your sweets.
Mums and Leaves Cake Toppers
What You Need
1. Roll the Colored FondantFirst, shape the mums. Roll your red, orange or yellow fondant until it’s about ⅛” thick.
2. Cut Out the Daisies
Press a small daisy cutter into the fondant. For a large mum, cut out about five daisies. Use less for smaller mums.
3. Pinch and Shape
Pinch each daisy at the center, bringing all of the petals together. Once those are all done, join the daisies together by pinching the bases to form a big mum.
Trim away the excess fondant so that the mum sits flat. Once you’ve made all your mums, set them aside to dry.
4. Roll and Cut the White Fondant
Roll white fondant to about ½” – ¾” thick. Cut a leaf and remove it from the extra fondant.
5. Make a Stamp
Flip the leaf over so the stickier side is facing up. Press the acrylic block against the leaf so it adheres, then flip the block over so the leaf is on top. Set it aside for a few hours so the fondant dries solid. You’ll want to make three stamps total, one for each gel color (yellow, red and orange).
6. Prep for Painting
Roll out white fondant until it’s about ⅛” thick. Add yellow, orange and red food gel coloring to a paint palette. (If you don’t have a palette, use separate small bowls.)
Brush one of your leaf stamps with yellow gel coloring and stamp a few randomly onto the piece of fondant. Make sure to leave space for the other leaf colors.
Repeat with your orange and yellow leaves until your fondant is covered in colorful leaf prints.
8. Cut Out the Topper
Using the 2½” cutter, cut out circles throughout the fondant. Place them on parchment paper to dry.
9. Add the Mums
Arrange the mums on top of the fondant circles however you’d like. Attach each mum with a small dab of buttercream or royal icing.
Place the fondant toppers on top of finished frosted cupcakes and say hello to the most gorgeous fall-themed desserts!