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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few. 

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers


DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

Following on from yesterday's Santa inspired post, I thought I'd share the DIY for the cupcakes I made to match my Christmas Candyland desserts table.

I used sugar paste fondant and printable toppers to decorate the cupcakes. It's not rocket science - more like playing with modelling clay! :)

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Topper Tutorial

Materials and ingredients:

* Red, white and pink sugar paste fondant
* Cupcakes
Cupcake cases or wrappers
* Scalloped cookie cutter
* Toothpick or lollipop sticks
* Edible ink pen

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

Directions:

1) Make a ball out of red fondant and shape with fingers to form a cone as shown to form the base. Insert a toothpick or lollipop stick in the center. Make a round ball out of pink fondant for the 'head'.

2) Attach the pink ball to the base.

3) Make another ball in red, then slightly pinch end to form a cone again, but with a pointy end.

4) Keep working the pointy end to form the hat.

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

5) Slightly bend the end of the pointy hat as shown.

6) Add a dab of water and 'glue' the hat onto the pink 'head'.

7) Make a tiny ball out of white fondant and stick with a dab of water tot he end of the hat.

8) Roll out a thin circle of white fondant to form the 'beard'. Using the scalloped edge of the cookie cutter, cut out a semi circle. Neaten the straight edge with a sharp knife if needed.

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

9) Attached the beard tot he front of the topper with a dab of water. 

10) Take a small piece of white fondant, and roll into a thin 'rope' to make the hat brim. Make sure the length goes all the way around the circumference of the hat.

11) Attach brim at the edge of the hat with a little water if needed. This step is a little fiddly, but if the rope breaks, just make it a little thicker. Pinch at the back to seal the rope ends together.

12) Make a small ball out of pink fondant and flatten it to make the 'nose'. Attach to the topper with a little water.

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

13) Using an edible ink pen, lake the dots for the eyes.

14) Cover your cupcake with more white fondant.

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

The all that's left to do is stick the toppers to the top of the cupcakes. The toppers do take a little time to make, but once you make one, then the rest is just copy and paste - no pun ;)

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

Another cool idea is to use fondant molds to create quick shapes like these Christmas bows. Glue to the top of the cupcakes as before with a little water, and finish with a printable cupcake topper made of paper.

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

I love the contrast of paper and fondant, and varying the shapes makes for a more interesting display. For this one I used mini cupcake stands in pink and a large DIY cupcake stand out of cereal cans and cake boards - Tutorial here.

DIY Santa Fondant Cupcake Toppers - BirdsParty.com

Did you like our Christmas Candyland Printables? Download them here!!

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