Ring in the New Year With the Most Festive Ball Drop Cupcakes

new years eve ball drop cupcakes

These shimmery cupcakes, modeled after New York City’s famous ball drop, are the best way to toast to the New Year. All you need is some fondant and our easy tutorial — let the countdown begin!

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Cupcakes

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Cupcakes in silver liners, baked so they’re slightly domed
  • Gray fondant (buy it or make your own)
  • Pastry or pizza wheel cutter
  • Cupcake corer
  • Edible silver paint
  • Edible glue
  • Buttercream (Swiss meringue or American buttercream work well)
  • Salted caramel sauce (optional)
  • Food-safe paint brushes
  • Round cutter set
  • Small rolling pin
  • Instructions

    1. Prep the Cupcakes

    baked cupcakes with centers removed

    Use your cupcake corer to core each of your cupcakes.

    filling cupcake

    Fill your cupcakes with whatever filling you like (we used salted caramel). Then, pipe a small amount of buttercream over the cored hole so the filling doesn’t spill out.

    filled cupcakes

    Use a knife to smooth a thin layer of buttercream on top of the cupcake.

    2. Add the Fondant Base

    cupcakes covered in gray fondant

    Roll out some gray fondant and cut a circle slightly larger than the top circumference of your cupcake. (Keep the fondant fairly thick to hide any lumps and bumps on your cake!) Add it to the top of your cupcake; the buttercream that’s there will act as glue!

    painting gray fondant

    Paint the top of your cupcake with edible silver paint!

    3. Make ‘Em Shine

    silver fondant

    For the cool disco ball effect, roll out more gray fondant and paint it with edible silver paint.

    making fondant disco ball

    Cut your silver fondant into small square or rectangle pieces using a pastry or pizza wheel cutter. Working just a small portion of the cupcake at a time, brush the cupcake with edible glue and press on the fondant mirror tiles in rows. Continue until the top is completely covered.

    ball drop cupcakes

    Cheers to the New Year with these adorable sweet treats!

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