How to make fondant afternoon tea-themed cake toppers

Learn how to make a selection of fondant (sugarpaste) afternoon tea-inspired cake toppers in this tutorial by Marie McGrath... Psst! They're super easy and quick to make!

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So quintessentially British, these dainty cake toppers will sit perfectly on top of a delightful tea party-themed cake, or why not use some of the toppers for cupcake decorations? You'll learn how to make a sugarpaste teacup, teapot, Battenberg cake, layer cake and cheese sandwiches... the perfect tutorial for celebrating Afternoon Tea Week in August!

Experiment with making your favourite sweet treats, or add cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes or macarons.

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You will need


  • White and grey sugarpaste (I used pre-coloured black mixed with white for grey)
  • Sky blue, lemon, pink, green, ivory, red and yellow ProGels


  • Embossing tools
  • Dresden tool
  • Small bone tool
  • Circle cutters
  • Edible glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors


How to make a fondant teacup

Roll out each of the four pastel colours (mix your ProGels with white sugarpaste to create the different colour pastes) and cut out different size circles for the saucers, small plates and serving plates. Cut out three to five of each colour so you have enough to choose from later on.
Pick a saucer to use, then choose a different colour to make the cup. Roll a small ball of sugarpaste and use the bone tool to create the hole in the top of the cup. Roll a tiny sausage of paste in the same colour, cut to size and stick on the side of the cup to create the handle. Repeat in a combination of colours for another three sets of cups and saucers.

How to make a fondant teapot

Roll a ball of pink sugarpaste. Using your little fingers against the board along the bottom of the ball, roll backwards and forwards to create a small ridge at the bottom of the teapot.
Roll a thin sausage of yellow and stick this round the bottom of the teapot, using edible glue and a thin paintbrush. Using green sugarpaste, create a handle as you did for the teacup and stick to the side. Create a spout by rolling a thicker small sausage of green paste, tapered at one end. At the tapered end, use a Dresden tool to mark detail. Stick to the teapot at an angle. Use a flattened ball of blue paste for the lid, add a small handle with a tiny ball of blue paste.

For the Battenberg cake

Roll out the pink and yellow sugarpaste and cut out two thin rectangles of each colour. Lie one yellow and one pink next to each other, then lie a pink one on top of the yellow, and a yellow one on top of the pink.
Roll out a thin piece of a darker yellow, cutting a rectangle which can wrap round the strips of sugarpaste. Wrap the rectangle around the strips, with the join at the bottom.
Use a sharp knife to cut a couple of slices. Stick the larger section to a bigger circle (plate) and a slice to a smaller circle.

Make a layer cake

Roll two balls of ivory sugarpaste and flatten them slightly. Roll a ball of red paste, flatten and pull the edges slightly, so it'll look like jam squeezing out of the cake. Layer this over one ivory piece.
Stick the two halves together. Roll tiny balls of white and stick these around the top of the cake. Roll tiny balls of red and stick these on top of the white balls. Stick this to a larger circle (plate).
Repeat Steps 1-3 but using brown, ivory and white to make a chocolate and caramel cake.

For the cheese sandwiches

Roll two pieces of white sugarpaste and one piece of yellow, and sandwich the yellow between the two white pieces.
Cut the edges with a sharp knife, and then cut them into squares and then triangles. Stick some of them to a larger circle, representing a plate.
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