Fondant Halloween cupcake toppers tutorial

Learn how to make two Halloween cupcake toppers – a scare-tactular mummy and a fang-tastic vampire – using fondant (sugarpaste) in this easy step-by-step tutorial by Vicky Teather.

Brought to you by Vicky Teather from Yellow Bee Sugar Art

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  • Cupcake toppers can be made weeks in advance. Store them in a cardboard cake box away from heat and light to keep them in tip top condition.

You will need

Edibles

  • Ready made cupcakes
  • Buttercream
  • Black modelling paste (Saracino)
  • White modelling paste (Saracino)
  • Neon green modelling paste (white modelling paste mixed with neon green Pro Gel (Magic Colours)
  • Castle grey modelling paste (white modelling paste mixed with castle grey Pro Gel (Magic Colours)
  • Neon purple modelling paste (white modelling paste mixed with neon purple Pro Gel (Magic Colours)
  • Magic red modelling paste (white modelling paste mixed with magic red Pro Gel (Magic Colours)
  • Garden green and forest green dust colours (Magic Colours)
  • Shadow grey dust colour (SugarFlair)
  • Purple dust colour (Squires Kitchen)
  • Edible glue (Squires Kitchen)
  • Cornflour or icing sugar

Equipment

  • 6cm round pastry cutter
  • Bulbous cone tool (Squires Kitchen)
  • Dresden tool (petal and leaf shaper) (Squires Kitchen)
  • Small and medium ball tool (Squires Kitchen)
  • Thin scriber needle modelling tool (PME)
  • Craft knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Dusting paintbrushes

Instructions

For the mummy topper

1
Roll out black modelling paste to a 1mm thickness and cut out two circles using the 6cm round pastry cutter. Roll 18g of neon green modelling paste into a smooth ball and then into a capsule shape. Press the largest ball tool into the paste twice to create the eye sockets. Use the smallest tool to mark in the nostrils just below the eyes. Press the Dresden tool into the paste, using the straight edge of the tool to create the upper lip and the rounded edge to create the lower edge of the mouth.
2
Fill the left eye with a ball of neon green modelling paste and mark a line half way across the ball. Fill the right eye with a ball of white modelling paste. Press the smallest ball tool into the eye to create an indent and fill with a small ball of black modelling paste. Fill the mouth with a piece of white modelling paste and use the Dresden tool to mark a line half way across the shape.
3
Use the garden green and forest green dust colours to add depth to the model by dusting around the eye sockets with a dusting brush. Focus the darker shade on the crease in the eye.
4
Roll out castle grey modelling paste very thinly. Cut out 5mm wide strips of the paste and glue in position covering the face. Leave the mouth and eyes visible. Fold the edges of the strips behind the model and glue in place with edible glue.
5
Take a marble sized ball of the castle grey modelling paste and flatten into a rough cuboid shape. Glue in place on the black disc. Use the Dresden tool and the scriber needle to mark lines to simulate bandages. Add two small sausages either side and add more line using the tools.
6
Roll six small balls of castle grey modelling paste into short capsule shapes. Glue them together in two groups of three. Mark bandage lines over the fingers and then glue in place on the bottom edge of the body.
7
Dust around the edges of the bandages with the shadow grey dust colour.

For the vampire topper

1
Roll 20g of neon purple modelling paste into an egg shape. Shape the narrow end into a point. Press your thumbs into the paste half way up the shape and gently press down. Use your fingers to smooth the paste, leaving the middle of the face alone.
2
Add a small capsule of neon purple modelling paste to the face and then use the Dresden tool to draw a wide curved smile, starting in the centre of one cheek and extending up into the eye socket on the other side. Press the smallest ball tool into the ends of the line to create dimples.
3
Press the medium ball tool into the eye socket area and rock upwards to create an oval indent. Dust the eye sockets with the purple dust colour.
4
Fill the eye sockets with small balls of white modelling paste. Use the small ball tool to mark two indents in the inner, lower edge of each eye. Fill with two small balls of black modelling paste.
5
For the ears, press the small ball tool into the head on either side to create a 5mm deep indent. Roll two cones from the neon purple modelling paste. and glue the pointed end of the cone into the 5mm indent. Support the wide end of the cone with your fingers and then push the medium ball into the centre and then towards the head to create the inner ear. Pinch the edge of the ear into a pointed shape.
6
For the hair, roll 5g of black modelling paste into a tapered sausage. Flatten the paste to a 2mm thickness with your fingers. Pinch out a small triangular shape from the centre of the paste.
7
Use the scriber needle to draw lines along the width of the hair. Glue in place with the triangular shape in the centre of the forehead. Roll two cones from the black modelling paste and bend in the middle into a point. Glue in place above the eyes.
8
For the body, attach a 4g semi-circle of black modelling paste to the bottom of the last disc. Press the bulbous cone tool into the top to create a triangular indent. Fill with a small piece of white modelling paste.
9
Use your fingers to shape the magic red modelling paste into a trapezoid shape. Glue in place above the body.
10
Glue the head in place. Add two small tear drops and a ball of magic red modelling paste to the top of the body to look like a bow tie. Add the hands to the bottom of the body. Dust with the purple dust colour. Finally add two small cones of white modelling paste to the mouth.
11
Flat ice the tops of the cupcakes with the buttercream and then pipe a swirl. Attach the discs on top of the cupcakes to finish.

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