Ok so this isn't really a recipe, more of a tutorial...ish.... Anyway I thought they came out pretty cute and just wanted to share them. These are vanilla cupcakes, with vanilla buttercream and hand painted fondant cupcake toppers.
I used a half recipe of basic yellow cake (found here) to make 12 cupcakes
And 1 recipe of buttercream icing (found here)
I'm using store bought fondant, just because it is soooooooooo humid here today, and marshmallow fondant just doesn't hold up as well in the humidity. The brand I like is Satin Ice. It rolls out really smooth, and I haven't had any issues with it.
I do think that marshmallow fondant tastes a bit better, (and it's cheaper, BONUS) so if you want to make marshmallow fondant here is the recipe:
- 16 ounces white mini-marshmallows (I like to use the Kraft brand, it makes a difference)
- 2 to 5 tablespoons water
- 2 pounds of powdered sugar (Sifted twice)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
In a large microwavable bowl, melt the marshmallows with 2 tablespoons of water in the microwave. Microwave them 30 seconds at a time, stirring every 30 seconds.
Put half of the powdered sugar on top of the melted marshmallows.
Grease your hands with the shortening, A LOT of shortening, then you'll need to grease the counter that you're using. Turn over the bowl of melted marshmallows and sugar onto the counter.
Knead it for a few minutes. It will be a sticky mess. Add in the remaining powdered sugar and knead a few minutes more. Use more shortening as needed, like when it starts sticking to your hands and the counter.
If it looks dry, add in a little water, about a teaspoon at a time, until it is no longer dry. It should take about 10 minutes of kneading time. Once it's smooth, make a disk out of it, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it sit for 6 to 8 hours. After that, use it just like regular fondant.
*If you need it right away, double check the fondant for any little hard balls of sugar that haven't quite dissolved, add a little water, and work it in, until it is smooth.
Ok so for these Snoopy cupcakes I rolled out the fondant and used a mason jar lid to cut out circles. The mason jar lid was the perfect size for these, but you can use a cookie cutter if you prefer.
They were a little jagged on the end, so I used a roller fondant tool, to clean up the edges. It looks like this:
After you have them all cleaned up, let them dry for 6 hours or so, until they are hard. Also as a side note, they will crack if you drop them.
This was the sketch I did, on some scratch paper, for the cupcake toppers.
I don't have any pictures of when I was in the process of painting them, but this is how they turned out, I used gel food coloring and a paint brush to hand paint them. DO NOT use water when painting fondant, it will melt the fondant. (I found that out once upon a time through trial and error). Let them dry overnight, then assemble. Just pipe some vanilla buttercream over your cupcakes and then the toppers will stick to that.