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Baby Shower Cupcake Tutorial
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Baby Shower Cupcake Tutorial

by Heather
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If you want to give a unique gift for a baby shower or Christening, then these adorable cupcake toppers could be the perfect excuse to get baking and decorating! With 4 different designs to make, it's a great way to practice your skills as well as make something that looks as good as it tastes! Each topper is made using a sugarpaste plaque as a base, which you can then easily pop on top of your cupcakes, securing with a little buttercream or frosting. When you've finished decorating your baby shower cupcakes, why not put them in a lovely presentation box and tie with pretty ribbon! Easy peasy and sure to impress.

you will need...

  • Sugarpaste (3 colours)
  • CMC Powder Or Gum Tragacanth
  • Medium Fluted Cutter
  • Cone Modelling Tool
  • PME Round Cutter Set
  • Small Star Cutter
  • Cutting Wheel
  • Cocktail Stick
  • Edible Glue
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Skin Coloured Sugarpaste

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you will need...

Renshaws Regalice Baby Blue Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Baby Blue Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
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£4.69
Plain & Fluted Round Cutter Set
Plain & Fluted Round Cutter Set
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£3.59
PME Serrated and Tapered Cone Tool
PME Serrated and Tapered Cone Tool
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£4.79
PME Round Cutter Set x 3
PME Round Cutter Set x 3
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£2.59
FMM Star Cutters x 3
FMM Star Cutters x 3
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£5.06
Cocktail Sticks
Cocktail Sticks
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£0.59
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.36
CDS White Sugarpaste 125g
CDS White Sugarpaste 125g
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£0.99
Renshaws Regalice Skin Colour Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Skin Colour Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39

instructions

You can make the toppers before you make the cupcakes if you prefer, but either way you will need to make a batch of your best cupcakes to decorate. Why not coordinate your cupcake cases with the colours you use for the toppers for a gorgeous matching design?

Creating The Plaques

1. Roll out your sugarpaste and cut out the required number of plaques. Keep it quite thin so it will dry more easily. I used a frilled edge cutter to give the plaques a scalloped finish, but you could also use a circular cutter, square cutter or any other shape.

2. Use a piping nozzle (such as the Wilton no.1 piping nozzle) to make a little hole in each scalloped edge. This adds lovely detail to the toppers. You are now ready to create your designs to go onto the plaque.

Making The Pram

3. For the pram, you're going to need to cut out 4 circles from sugarpaste: one medium sized circle (around half the size of your plaque), one scalloped edge circle (this will form the hood of the pram) and two smaller circles that will make the wheels.

4. Cut your larger, straight-edged circle in half.

5. Cut the scalloped circle into quarters. You can then cut it more accurately to size so it will fit onto the pram.

6. Add the small circles for the wheels and cut a thin rectangle to become the prams handle. Use a small cutter (I chose a star, but you can use whatever you like) to cut out a small shape in a different colour to create extra detail and a nice finishing touch. Add the star to the pram and then put the whole thing onto one of the coloured plaques. Secure in place using a little edible glue.

Making The Safety Pin

7. For the safety pin, you will firstly need to cut out a circle slightly smaller and in a different colour to your plaque.Stick this circle to the centre of your plaque using a little edible glue.

8. Next roll out some grey sugarpaste into a sausage shape. This needs to be very thin so use your cake smoother to roll it out perfectly. Bend and fold the sausage into a loop shape to create the metal part of the pin. Take a look at our tutorial photos for an idea of the shape this needs to be.

9. Use a small round cutter to make a small circle. Cut off the bottom of the circle, not quite in half, and use the larger part to create the top of the pin.

10. Use the end of a piping tip to cut a hole out of the pin. You can now assemble your safety pin onto the plaque.

Making the Baby Topper

11. Use a circle cutter slightly smaller than the plaque to cut out a flesh coloured disc.

12. Use the same size cutter again to cut out a coloured disc of sugarpaste, and then cut this in half to make the baby's hat.

13. Cut an arc shape to form the edge of the hat using a cutting wheel.

14. Cut a strip of sugarpaste in the same colour as the hat and attach it to the base of the hat using water or edible glue. Use the blade of your knife to make indentations on the hat and roll a small ball to place on top, like the pom-pom on a woolly hat.

15. For the face, use your piping nozzle to mark out eyes and roll a little ball of sugarpaste for his nose.

16. Roll two slightly different sized balls of sugarpaste to be used for his dummy, and flatten these slightly using your fingertips. Stick the larger circle to the face where the mouth would appear, and then the smaller circle on top of this. You can use either a little edible glue or water to stick them together.

17. Roll two small flesh coloured balls for ears and use the edge of a paintbrush to indent them.

18. Finally, make two small black dots on his eyes using an edible pen and your baby boy toppers are complete.

Making The Rattle

19. There are 3 main components to the rattle: A circle (the same size as your pram wheels), a thin rectangle to form the handle and a small circle for the handle. You can use a straw to cut out the smallest circle and then use the tip of a piping nozzle to cut out the inside to form the handle. Assemble the various components of the rattle onto the plaque and stick into place using a small amount of edible glue.

20. Use the small round cutter to cut out a coloured circle, and this should be in a different colour to your rattle. Cut off the top and bottom to leave you with a strip and place it across the centre of the rattle.

21. To finish the rattle decoration you'll need to make a small sugarpaste bow. For this you'll need 5 different parts; two tails, two bow 'loops' and one small ball of sugarpaste for the centre. See our tutorial photos for an idea of how these should look.

22. Place each part of the bow onto the rattle; stick the ribbon tails on first, followed by the bow 'loops' and lastly place the small ball of sugarpaste in the centre of the bow. Use a toothpick to indent the bow 'loops' and centre.

You now have 4 beautifully decorated baby shower toppers to put on top of your cupcakes! Use the 1M piping tip with your frosting to create a swirl on your cupcakes before placing each plaque on top.

 

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