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Festive Christmas Cupcakes
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Festive Christmas Cupcakes

by Hayley
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Create a range of beautiful Christmas cupcake toppers with this festive tutorial! Perfect for wowing guests at your dinner table this year, these cupcakes are sure to impress! They'd also look great as the centre piece on your party table or could be given to guests as a little pre-dinner treat. The designs we'll show you how to create include a bauble, sparkly robin, snowman, Christmas pudding and sparkly present! You can even mix and match colours to suit your colour scheme or dinner table and they'd make a great gift or 'Secret Santa' present. Try them out today and let us know what you think!

you will need...

  • Regal Purple Sugarpaste
  • Chocolate Brown Sugarpaste
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Green Sugarpaste
  • Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste
  • Poppy Red Sugarpaste
  • Orange Sugarpaste
  • Black Sugarpaste
  • Silver Modelling Paste
  • Double Sided Fondant Cutters
  • Medium Rose Petal Cutter
  • Ribbon Cutter
  • Star Piping Tip
  • PME Cutting Wheels
  • Scallop Modelling Tool
  • PME Holly Leaf Plunger Cutters
  • Mini Decorations Mould
  • Dusky Lilac Lustre Dust
  • Edible Silver Liquid
  • Edible Holly Green Glitter
  • Edible Red Glitter
  • Very Small Sable Brush
  • Large Sable Brush
  • Foam Cupcake Balls
  • Edible Glue

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PME Sugarpaste - Regal Purple
PME Sugarpaste - Regal Purple
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Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Chocolate Sugarpaste 250g
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CDS White Sugarpaste 250g
CDS White Sugarpaste 250g
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Culpitt Green Sugarpaste 250g
Culpitt Green Sugarpaste 250g
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Renshaws Regalice Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste 250g
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Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
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Renshaws Regalice Tiger Orange Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Tiger Orange Sugarpaste 250g
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Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
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Culpitt Silver Modelling Paste 100g
Culpitt Silver Modelling Paste 100g
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£3.49
Double Sided Fondant Icing Cutters
Double Sided Fondant Icing Cutters
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PME Rose Petal Cutters Set x 4
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FMM Multi Ribbon Cutter
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Wilton Star Decorating Tube #18
Wilton Star Decorating Tube #18
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PME Cutting Wheels
PME Cutting Wheels
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PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
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£2.99
PME Veined Holly Leaf Plunger Cutter Set x 3
PME Veined Holly Leaf Plunger Cutter Set x 3
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Mini Decorations Mould
Mini Decorations Mould
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Sugarflair Sugarcraft Edible Lustre Dust - Dusky Lilac
Sugarflair Sugarcraft Edible Lustre Dust - Dusky Lilac
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Sugarflair Edible Liquid Colour - Silver
Sugarflair Edible Liquid Colour - Silver
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Rainbow Dust Edible Glitter - Holly Green
Rainbow Dust Edible Glitter - Holly Green
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Sable Brush - Very Small (Size 0)
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Sable Brush - Large (Size 6)
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instructions

Bake up a batch of cupcakes (any flavour you like) and set aside to cool before decorating.

Bauble Design

1. Start by rolling out a piece of regal purple sugarpaste to approximately 2mm thick (make sure you dust your work surface with icing sugar first). Using a 2.5" (approx) round cutter, make a circle to be the base for your cupcake topper.

2. Place the circle on top of one of the foam cupcake balls and use your fingertips to gently curve the circle over the ball.

3. Using some dusky lilac lustre dust and a large sable brush, dust the surface of the cupcake topper to give it a lovely sheen.

4. To add some detail to the bauble, we have used edible silver liquid and a tiny sable brush to carefully paint swirls on the sugarpaste. You'll need some patience and a steady hand to do this. Once you've painted the shapes, place the topper to one side and leave to dry.

5. Give the bauble a realistic finish by creating a hook. Take a small piece of silver modelling paste (approx the size of a pea) and roll this into a smooth ball. Flatten the ball slightly with your fingertips to make a cylinder.

6. Next, roll a tiny piece of silver modelling paste into a thin sausage shape. Curve the ends so that they meet to form a loop. You can also use a sharp knife or blade modelling tool to create several lines down the sides of the cylinder for added texture and detail.

7. Dab a little edible glue on top of the cylinder and stick the loop on this. The silver modelling paste is fairly strong and this should hold its shape easily.

8. Place the hook on the bauble towards the top edge, securing into place using a little edible glue (see photo).

Christmas Pudding Design

9. Start again by rolling out a piece of chocolate brown sugarpaste to approximatel 2mm thick and cut out a circle. Lay the circle on top of one of the foam cupcake balls.

10. Next, take some white sugarpaste and roll this out to 1mm thick (approx). Using same size cutter you used to create the base, cut out another circle.

11. Using the small cutting wheel, cut a wavy pattern through the centre of the white circle to make the 'icing' for the Christmas pudding.

12. Place the 'icing' shape on top of the brown circle, making sure the curved edges align perfectly.

13. To make the holly leaves, start by rolling out a piece of green sugarpaste to roughly 1mm thick. Using a small cutter, create two holly leaf decorations. Here we've used the smallest plunger cutter from the PME holly leaf set.

14. Roll three tiny pieces of red sugarpaste to make the berries. Stick the holly leaves to the top of the Christmas pudding, followed by the berries.

Robin Design

15. For the robin cupcake, you'll again need to create another chocolate brown circle and lay this on top of a foam cupcake ball. You'll also need another circle the same size (and as thin as you can) in a lighter brown. Here we've used Renshaw teddybear brown sugarpaste.

16. Cut off the bottom segment of the lighter brown circle using the round cutter (see image). Place the light brown circle on top of the chocolate brown one, so that the bottom edges align.

17. Repeat these steps to create the red chest for the robin, except this time cut more off the bottom of the circle so that it is slightly smaller than the lighter brown circle.

18. For the beak, roll out some yellow sugarpaste to approximately 1mm thick and, using a sharp knife, cut out a triangle shape.

19. Stick the edge of the beak to the edge of the lighter brown circle using a little edible glue. Take a pair of edible sugar eyeballs and stick these above the beak.

20. Now you're going to add glitter to your cupcake! To make the red chest sparkle, you'll need to spread a little edible glue over it. Next, take a teaspoon and carefully sprinkle edible red glitter over the glue. Try not to sprinkle the glitter over the other areas of the topper, because it can be really difficult to get off!

21. Whilst the glue is drying, you can now make the wings for your robin. Roll out a piece of chocolate brown sugarpaste to approximately 1mm thick and use a medium rose petal cutter to create each wing. Use a sharp knife to lightly dent along the edges of each wing to make a feathered effect. Stick the wings, using a little edible glue, to the sides of the robin.

Snowman Design

22. The snowman cupcake topper is going to need a white circle base, so again roll out some white sugarpaste and cut out a circle, laying this over a foam cupcake ball.

23. Roll out a piece of red sugarpaste to approximately 1mm thick. Cut out another circle (same size as the topper base). You then need to use the same round cutter to make a crescent shape out of the red circle - this will make the snowman's hat.

24. Stick the hat to the top of the snowman's face. Cut out yet another circle from red sugarpaste and again, make a crescent shape (this time slightly smaller in width). This will make the rim of the hat. Use a sharp knife or blade modelling tool to create a ridged pattern for effect. Stick the rim along the edge of the hat, using a little edible glue to secure into place.

25. To make a fluffy bobble for the hat, roll a small pea-sized piece of red sugarpaste into a ball. Using a small star piping tip, stab the ball many times until it starts to look like a pom-pom. Stick the bobble to the top of the hat with a small amount of edible glue.

26. Now you can make the face for your snowman! Take a tiny piece of black sugarpaste and split this into two. Roll the black sugarpaste into two round balls to make the eyes. Each eye should be no bigger than 3mm in width. For the nose, take a pea-sized piece of orange sugarpaste and, using your fingers, roll this into a long, thin cone shape.

27. Stick the eyes and carrot nose to the snowman's face. Now you can start to work on the mouth. Using the scallop modelling tool, create two indentations in the snowman's cheeks (see photo).

28. You now need to roll 5 tiny pieces of black sugarpaste (equal in size) into balls to make coal for the snowman's smile. Stick each ball in a curved line, from one cheek to the other.

29. Finally, use a little shimmer pink lustre dust to add colour to the snowman's cheeks. You can also use the scallop tool to give the snowman some eyebrows for extra detail.

Present Design

30. The last cupcake you're going to make is the present! Start by rolling out some green sugarpaste to around 2mm thick. Cut out a circle (same size as the other cupcake toppers) and place this over a foam cupcake ball.

31. Cover the entire surface of the present with a thin layer of edible glue.

32. Place the cupcake topper (still on top of the foam ball) in a dish. This will help to catch any excess glitter. Take a teaspoon and some holly green edible glitter and begin to sprinkle this over the topper until the whole thing is covered in sparkles.

33. To remove excess glitter, gently lift up the topper and foam ball and tap the sides. You could also use a clean sable brush to carefully dust away any loose glitter. Make sure you do this over the bowl to avoid creating a mess over your work surface.

34. Now you want to make the present strips. The easiest way to do this is by using a ribbon cutter, which is perfect for making straight and identical strips of sugarpaste. Roll out a piece of red sugarpaste to 1mm thick, set the cutter to just under 1cm in width and cut out two strips. You can then use a sharp knife to cut the length to the correct size.

35. Lay the strips in a cross shape over your glittery cupcake topper, so that they cross over in the top right hand corner (see image for guidance).

36. Lastly, to tie everything together (pun intended), take another piece of red sugarpaste and the mini decorations mould. Push the sugarpaste into the large bow shape using your fingertips.

37. Using a sharp knife or palette knife, slice off the excess sugarpaste so that you're left with a smooth, flat edge. You can then bend the mould to release the bow shape, using your fingers if needed to gently pry the bow away from the mould.

38. Use a little edible glue to stick the bow, at an angle, where the strips cross over on your cupcake topper.

Arranging The Toppers On The Cupcakes

39. Take a cupcake and pipe/ dab a tall blob of frosting in the centre. Gently pick up one of the toppers and sit this on the cupcake.

You've now got 5 beautiful cupcakes that look amazing and are ready to be devoured by friends, family and the kids! Maybe you could even leave one out for Santa Claus on Christmas eve...

 

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