Made-to-order fondant designs provide the perfect opportunity to add a personalized touch to any set of cupcake or cake toppers that are sure to make the guest of honor feel exceptionally special. With the integration of letters, initials and numbers, check out these five tips to easily transform generic motifs into creative designs, especially tailored and custom-made to the specific celebration!
Here are my five essential tips for creating creative cake toppers that are as unique as you and your clients!
1. Incorporate initials or ages into the design.
One of the simplest ways to add a personal touch to fondant toppers is to incorporate the receiver’s name initial or age into your design. In this Sweet Shoppe collection, the letter “B” and number “3” were included to reflect the birthday girl’s name and age, but were done in a manner to match back to the entire sweet and girly theme.
By rolling out the fondant onto your work surface, you can shape and roll it into a similar arrangement to resemble scrolls and add elements coordinating with the motif.
Another simple way to incorporate initials and ages is with the use of letter and number cutters and molds, such as the designs in this Polka Dot Croc set. By continuing with the same color combo and overall shapes and patterns, the personalized toppers are seamlessly tied into the collection.
In this butterfly topper set, the number one is cut out and embossed with a patterned mat, then embellished with small fondant butterflies to match the coordinating cupcake decor.
2. Match back to designs of the party invite and decor.
There are many times where the cupcakes and confections are being designed for a celebration where the party invite and decorations are provided as inspiration. In these cases, use the themes and patterns from the graphic designs to transfer directly to your toppers, such as these zebra-themed cake toppers.
The fondant number topper was created to mimic the invitation’s patterns and colors, while the letters were hand-molded to resemble the font spelling out the birthday girl’s name.
Just as the previous example, this Hugs & Stitches cupcake topper set is a reflection of the party and paper goods utilized for the party decor, inclusive of the stitched number one. The birthday girl’s name is added with the use of small letter embossers, matching back to the entire theme.
3. Incorporate designs into letters.
Another way to personalize your fondant toppers is to spell out names and ages, incorporating a themed design into one or more of the letters. Keep in mind that if creating cupcake toppers, the quantity of letters you can spell out is limited due to its size, whereas larger cake designs can reflect longer words.
In this Sealife set for a little boy celebrating his first birthday, his age is spelled out, while the letter O is replaced with a fish, punched out from a cutter and embossed to add texture. The remainder of the topper is adorned with little fondant bubbles, coordinating with the overall theme.
This Transportation collection of fondant toppers was created for a little boy with a short name that could easily be included size-wise. The letters were punched out of fondant with small letter cutters and they were each incorporated into the design, transforming them into helicopters, rockets and wheels!
4. Transform ages and letters into items related to the theme.
While integrating personalized designs into your fondant creations, another fun technique is to turn your letters and/or numbers into actual items related to your overall theme.
For example, this construction-themed set of cupcake toppers includes the birthday boy’s first initial, but instead of a cut-out, it is actually molded to resemble an electrical cord! And notice that the number is being carried by the hook to make it a bit more fun.
Another example is shown in this Sock Monkey topper set where the birthday boy’s age is represented with a monkey’s tail.
Again here, the guest of honor’s first initial is transformed into a hose for this Firefighter collection, adding another element to the designs, while simultaneously personalizing the topper. And take note of the number three on the helmet!
5. Mimic recognizable designs and fonts.
Depending on the requested theme, there might be recognizable elements and fonts related to the design that can smoothly be translated into your personalized items. These Lego-inspired toppers incorporate the building blocks placed strategically in the shape of the birthday boy’s age, while his name resembles the brand’s name.
This set of cupcake toppers based on the popular doll franchise, Lalaloopsy, integrates personalized elements of the hand-sewn letters found in the logo, with stitching details to match back to the brand and overall motif.