How to Make Fondant Cupcake Toppers

If you have spent anytime clicking through lately I’m sure at some point you’ve probably come across at least one person selling cupcake toppers. When I first saw them I thought what a great idea it was and frankly, I was a little annoyed that I hadn’t thought of it myself. Cupcake toppers are such an easy way to make your cupcakes look fantastic and they allow you to have fun running with the theme of your event. The only problem is that when you need to buy several dozen of them they can get a little pricey. By making the toppers yourself you will be able to save money AND have fun making them.

Remember how much fun you used to have playing with playdough? Fondant is basically the same thing. You can purchase it at most craft stores and I have even seen it in Walmart as. It comes white and you can make it any color you want. You can roll it, cut it, squeeze it and take out frustrations from the office… whatever you want.

I’m about to share a secret of the trade that makes us look super talented. The trick to making those cute little cupcake toppers that so many out there are making money selling. The trick that so many women use to start home based cupcake businesses.  Are you ready? Here it comes…
Mini cookie cutters. Yup, that’s it…….

Here is what you do:

First divide the fondant into pieces to be colored. I use Wilton food coloring because it doesn’t make the fondant too sticky. Then roll out your first piece of colored fondant with a rolling pin. I would suggest spraying your surface and rolling pin with Pam first. This will make everything from rolling out your fondant to lifting the cutout off your surface much easier.

Most cupcake toppers start with a circle about the size of the top of cupcake. I like to use scalloped edged cookie cutters for this but it’s up to you. Cut out all your circles and place them onto a cutting board so that they have a safe place to dry. Move onto your next color ( or colors ) and cutter, roll out the next color of fondant and repeat the above steps. Place the shape cutouts on top of the circle cutouts you already made. “Glue” each layer of fondant together by placing a little bit of water in between each layer. Once you are all finished set toppers aside and allow to dry for at least 24-48 hours.

Try them with this delicious recipe for vanilla cupcakes!

Happy Baking!


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