It’s been a few months since I started the baby shower cupcake topper series of blogs. I did promise to do all four, so here are the last ones. Originally each blog contained just one style of topper, this week we’ll finish off with two toppers in the one blog. I’ll look at the booties and the BOY toppers – both of which are ever so simple.
As these were made as part of a set – so to speak – they are the same colours as the toppers in the previous two blogs. But as you know; it is more about the steps to making them, not the colours that were used as you can choose your own colour combinations.
To make the little pairs of booties you will need three basic shapes per boot. An oval shape (about the size of your pinkie fingernail) to form the foot or boot, a small ball (a third of the size of the oval) to create the ankle band and a tiny little coil (snake as my daughter calls it) for the toe seam on top of the booties. Using a veining tool and a toothpick, create details for stitching and ribbed texture on the booties. I found it easier to make all of the oval shapes that I needed, then all of the ball shapes and the coils were made by making one long one and cutting it into pieces. If you make the shapes this way you will find that it is easier to keep them all a similar size. I think it’s quicker too.
Roll out the fondant for the bottom of the topper (use your pasta machine if you have one). I used a flower cutter, but you could choose any shape to suit your event or style. In each petal I added a small ball of white fondant and pressed it with the balling tool to create little eyelets or details and add more colour. On top of that I added a small circle of darker blue fondant – again just to keep with the colour scheme in the other toppers.
Using a little dab of water or fondant glue attach the cut out pieces together while they are still soft and sit the booties on top. Viola! done…
These were really simple as I used a set of alphabet cutters to cut the text. You could cut them by hand, but it would take a little longer. If you don’t have alphabet cutters, you could also roll coils and shape your text, rather than trying to cut the letters by hand. Tip: I always cut more than I need to allow for breakages. Roll out your fondant, again it’s easy to do with the pasta machine and they will all be even. Cut out the letters. So that I could stack mine I left them to dry and harden, but if you want to you can stick them onto the topper as you cut them – there would be less chance of breakage too.
As we did in previous toppers, cut out two different sized topper shapes in different colours (these were circles). Stick them together with a little water or glue.
To add the fourth colour and a little extra detail I rolled some very small thin brown coils and squiggled them on the top and bottom rim of the topper, then flattened them with a rub of the balling tool – don’t press too hard. Once the letters had dried they were arranged and glued in place. They were very delicate and they were thin and hard so I used a palette knife to help with handling them and lifting them into place. There were still breakages though.
So that is all four baby shower toppers. Very simple and effective. As toppers for cupcakes are generally small they don’t need to be overcrowded and intricate, keeping the design simple and clean with few colours can be just as impressive.
There are so many different things you can make for baby-themed cakes. Bottles and booties are just the beginning. Rattles, dummies, bibs and bonnets can be stylised to create simple yet effective toppers too. Get creative and keep it simple, happy baking!