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.

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Winnie the Pooh and Friends Cake

This is my first cake of the year, made for a sweet little boy who celebrated his second birthday recently. It is a two-tiered Winnie the Pooh and Friends cake covered in fondant. Every single thing on the cake was made out of fondant. I just loved those little honey pots and those mushrooms. It was a really fun cake to create and the birthday boy loved his Pooh cake.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener!

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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.

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Palette

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Brush

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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?

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Blue and White Fondant Ruffle Cake

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Gosh…it’s been almost a whole month since my last post. My parents are here visiting us from India and also there has been quite a few cake orders which has kept me busy and away from my little blog. I have missed all the fun and so many wonderful posts from my friends. Will catch up soon. Today I have a cake I did recently. This was based on an earlier design of mine.

This cake was done for baby Zac’s baptism ceremony. Baby Zac is my friend’s son…a cutie pie! Knowing how important baptism is in a baby’s life, I am so honored and happy that she chose me to make this cake. Thanks D! The cake was marble cake filled with chocolate buttercream and covered in fondant ruffles. The blue flower was made out of gum paste and edible pearls.

Sending this to Fiesta Friday #34 at The Novice Gardener.

 

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Cricket Bat Birthday Cake

cricket batUsually when baking a birthday cake for someone I know, I would spend hours and hours deciding on a theme. But this was an easy one for me. My favorite cousin had planned a surprise birthday party for her husband, who happens to be a huge cricket fan. And what better cake than one shaped like a cricket bat for a guy who eats, sleeps and breathes cricket, right?…

I baked a quarter sheet Marble cake and carved it using a thin cardboard template of a cricket bat. I then stacked smaller pieces of cake to build the raised portion of the bat, frosted it in chocolate buttercream, chilled it, and later covered it in fondant. And since the birthday boy happens to be an all rounder, there had to be a cricket ball on the side. It was a styrofoam ball, slightly carved and covered in red fondant. The stitches were small, thin strips of white fondant. A real cricket ball is supposed to have six rows of stitches, but after rolling, cutting and sticking four rows of those teeny tiny fondant pieces, I was done. The grass was green royal icing, and the scoreboard was made of fondant.

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Needless to say, the Man of the Match was very happy with his cake, and almost didn’t want to cut it… 😀

Stained Glass Cake Tutorial

For all those who want to know more about the stained glass cake I made the other day, I have put together this simple tutorial on how to create the stained glass effect.

1. Start with a clean, smooth fondant-covered cake surface.

2. Transfer the design onto the cake.

Since mine was a fairly simple design, I drew it free hand directly on the cake using an edible ink pen.

 

3. Pipe the outlines using black royal icing.

I also added some random background lines to give it that characteristic stained glass effect.

 

 

4. Fill in the designs with color using a small paint brush .

I used gel colors mixed with piping gel to get the shiny stained glass appearance.

5. Fill in the background.

I mixed a little yellow gel color with a bit of vodka to thin it out and used that to paint the background.

6.Yummy!….:)