Last year, I was asked to make cupcakes and cookies for the school's Farewell Dinner. The theme was "Summer is Here," so I set to work to make some summery treats!
I decided to make cupcakes topped with daisies, like the ones I had seen on Sweetopia. I saw Marian's cupcakes a while ago and have been anxious to try them myself. I thought they were summery and would be perfect for the Farewell Dinner. (Let's face it, even teachers are counting down the days until summer vacation!)
About a week before the event I started making the daisies. I rolled the fondant and used my daisy cutter to cut each daisy. I used the smallest cutter because I wanted the daisy to sit on the side of the cupcake, not cover it completely like Marian's.
Once I had punched the daisy, I put it in a flower former to make the petals bend inward a little. I only have three formers so I needed to improvise. I put a piece of aluminum foil over the cup and formed it into the same shape. Then, I placed the daisy on the foil.
I made 45 daisies, so I had quite a few improvised flower formers on my kitchen table!
After I had made each daisy, I had to make the centers. I colored the fondant a pale yellow and used this mold to form the center.
and using my handy-dandy little tool, I was able to cut away the excess fondant from the edge...
until I was left with just the center.
Then, I used clear vanilla extract as the glue. I used a food safe paint brush to paint a very small amount of extract onto the center of the daisy.
Then I put the center onto it…and VOILA!
I left them to dry and started prepping for my cookies. I cut the bees and ladybugs, baked, and cooled them.
I started with the black icing and outlined the heads and wings on the bees.
Next, I filled in the stripes.
Next, I filled in the yellow stripes. (Forgive the terrible lighting! I do most of my work once Maia has gone to sleep for the night!)
The next morning, I filled in the wings and heads with white icing.
The ladybugs were assembled in much the same way, but unfortunately I forgot to take pictures step by step!
These cookies needed to be completed at least a day before the event in order to give the icing time to dry.
The night before the dinner I made the cupcakes and icing. I iced each cupcake and put the cute daisy on top.
I love the way they turned out!
The fun part about fondant and gum paste decorations, is that they're completely edible! So they look adorable AND you can eat them. It's a win-win!Pin It