Happy Valentines Day!
Perfect for a Glam Valentines Day event, a sweet gift, or even weddings, these two modern Valentine’s Day cupcake topper designs are quick and easy to make with a big impact! Make the tops in advance and store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them.
Glam Flower Valentine’s Day Cupcake Topper
These glam flower Valentine’s Day cupcake toppers are easy to make and look gorgeous too. Our bold black, white and silve cupcakes would look great in pastel colours with white pearls too!
- Use a large clean bread knife to cut a styrofoam ball in half. Grab a bamboo skewer and poke holes in it. This lets the air through to help dry out your fondant quicker. Choose a styrofoam ball that is as wide as your cupcake, ours are 6cm.
- Dust the styro with a little cornflour and then cover with fondant. We’ve used a dark chocolate fondant, if you want black, add a little black food colouring to the dark chocolate fondant to save yourself some money, time, and stress. Or grab some pre-coloured black fondant. Colouring white fondant black is a painful process!
- Trim any excess fondant flush with the bottom of the styro ball, and leave aside to dry out. Make as many as you’ll need, and leave them to dry while you whip up a batch of your favourite cupcakes.
- Add some tylose to a small amount of white fondant. Cut petals using a small rose petal cutter. If you don’t have one, you can also form small tear drop shapes and roll out with a rolling pin into the same shape.
- Use the pointy end of your cutter (or a knife) to cut away sections of the petal. Use a balling tool to thin the edges of the petal, then use a boning tool to shape the petal by gently dragging it from the top to the bottom of the petal.
- Place the petals on an upside down paint palette, or some teaspoons.
- Once your cupcakes are completely cool, top with a generous amount of buttercream. Remove your cupcake dome from the styro. Check that it hold it’s shape, if it doesn’t pop back on the styro and leave to dry a little longer. Place your dome on top of your iced cupcake.
- Using a small amount of thick royal icing, pipe a small round on the top of your cupcake. The icing should be thick enough that it doesn’t run down the dome. Check the consistency by piping onto the back of a spoon.
- Allow the royal icing to dry slightly. Starting from the outside and working in, place your petals in the royal icing. We’ve used eight petals. Five petals make the first layer of the flower. Three petals make the centre of the flower. Fill the gap and exposed royal icing with silver cashous.
Glam Striped Valentine’s Day Cupcake Topper
We’ve made these glam striped cupcakes using bold colours and a black, white and gold colour palette. For a daintier look, use pale colours and a smaller stripe!
- Roll your fondant to about 2mm thick. Use a ruler to cut a straight edge, measure 1.5cm widths, and cut straight stripes. The trick to getting your stripes to keep their shape, is letting them dry out a little before you use them.
- Roll out some white fondant to about 2mm and dampen with scant amount of water.
- Carefully layer your stripes across the fondant, and use a small rolling pin or piece of acetate to smooth the stripes together and laminated them into one piece. Remember to roll and smoother only in the direction of the stripes or they will get wonky.
- Cover your styrofoam ball. If your stripes come loose, or you get small gaps form between the stripes, use a piece of acetate or fondant smoother to carefully smooth them back together following the line of the stripe.
- Trim away the excess and leave to set while you whip up your favourite batch of cupcakes!
- Use a small amount of pale pink fondant with added tylose rolled to about 4mm thick and cut a heart shape. If you don’t have a heart cutter, you can use a rose petal cutter to make your shape as we have. Or just cut a heart free-hand.
- Dampen the end of a toothpick and carefully insert into the pointy end of the heart. Use a smoother to smooth down any bumps and secure the toothpick in the fondant.
- Paint the fondant with a little piping gel, or water, and sprinkle with glitter. Our topper uses craft glitter that is **not** suitable for eating. Remember that if you use any non-edible elements on your cupcakes you’ll need to make sure the people eating them know what’s not edible and where to find it. Something like “Hey Joe! There’s a toothpick in that cupcake, take it out before you eat it!”, and if you’ve got kiddies munching on these treats, make sure you take out the toothpicks **before** they eat them!
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