Fifty Shades of Grey Cupcakes with Fondant Toppers

Everyone is talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, aren’t they? I have not read the book nor watched the movie, but I was sure excited when these cupcakes with the toppers were ordered recently for a party. The toppers are all made out of fondant mixed with a little tylose powder. I drew the templates on a piece of cardstock and used that to cut out the neck ties, masks, and handcuffs out of fondant. The book and the keys were made by hand. The toppers were painted in silver food color diluted with a bit of vodka.


Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes

These beautiful cupcakes are decorated with marshmallows and sanding sugar…so pretty, don’t you think? Perfect for birthdays, baby showers, get togethers and in this case, the first Fiesta Friday anniversary at The Novice Gardener, co-hosted by the lovely Nancy@Feasting with Friends and Selma@Selma’s Table. Congratulations Angie, and thank you for creating this awesome platform for us bloggers where we get a chance to share and admire each other’s creations and ideas. Thank you!

Updated: You can see how to make these lovely cupcakes here. Sorry for forgetting to add the link earlier. 😦


Fondant Artist’s Palette and Brush Cupcake Topper Tutorial

Hello everyone 😀 …happy Wednesday to all of you!

Today I have for you a small tutorial on how to make an artist’s palette and brush cupcake topper out of fondant. I always add a little tylose powder or gumtex to the fondant when I want to make shapes and figures out of it. The Tylose powder makes the fondant firmer and also helps dry it harder and faster. You could always use store-bought gumpaste, but just make sure you work fast since it dries really quick.



Here I am making a wooden palette. You could also make a simple white palette.


Take 3 shades of fondant and roll them into logs. Since I wanted a lighter shade of wood and not much variation, I chose only three — white, very light brown and light brown. If you prefer a darker wood, use darker shades.

Press them together.

Twist it into a single log.

Fold and twist again.

Keep twisting until you are happy with the marbling.

Roll out the fondant.


Make a template. I just drew the shape of the palette on a piece of cardstock and cut it out. In case you don’t want to draw a template, here is a printable template I found online.

Place the template on the fondant and cut it out using an X-acto knife.

Cut out a hole using Wilton nozzle 12.


For the paint, I melted some white chocolate and colored it red, green, blue and black and placed a drop of each on the palette.



Take small pieces of gray and light brown fondant.

Roll the gray fondant into a small thin rope. Using your finger taper the end of the rope.

Cut a piece of small square from the rope.

For the bristles, roll the light brown fondant into shape and use a toothpick to make some fine lines. See the size of the brush compared to a quarter.

Attach the brush to the palette using a little water or gum glue.

Paint the square part of the brush with silver dust.

And there you go…your fondant cupcake toppers are ready!…so easy, isn’t it?