Painted fondant cupcake toppers

Last week you had a hint at these cute cupcake toppers sitting on top of my new DIY cake plate! Today I want to share with you how they came about.
paintedfondantcupcaketoppersA few weeks ago I was introduced to Craftsy. It is an online video classroom with great tutorials covering a variety of topics. The video that I decided to try was a free mini-course called The Hand-Painted Cake.
wiltoncakedecoratinggelsAs you can probably guess from my blog, I like to paint on most anything so why not a cake! As I started watching the tutorial, I was really excited to find out that I already had the supplies needed to paint on fondant. The teacher, Erin Schaefgen, uses Wilton gel icing colors, together with White, to create the paint needed to work on the fondant.
wiltongelaspaintOnce I chose the color gels I wanted, I added them to a foam plate with a toothpick. I then added a couple drops of White to each and mixed them up forming my color palette.
fondanttoppersSince I was trying this technique for the first time, I decided to work on small rounds of fondant instead of a whole cake like in the video. I am sure I will be trying that at some point, so stayed tuned! I used white Wilton fondant, rolled out thin, and cut out with a cookie cutter. Per Erin’s instructions, I did this the day before and put them in the refrigerator to harden up. This way the fondant cupcake toppers would be easier to paint on and handle.
cupcaketoppersCollageThis was more of a practice run so I kept my designs simple. I used new brushes that I had on hand and will keep them for painting just on fondant. The video has some great recommendations for brushes that I will look for in the future. To thin down the gel paints, I used a 50/50 mix of water and vodka in a cup. You don’t need a lot…just enough to thin the paints a bit. I kept a separate container of plain water for rinsing the brushes between colors. Hint: I found that the gel colors dried way better when thinned with the water/vodka mixture. I tried some designs with just the gel color and they never dried completely.
cupcakesoncakeplateI made the cupcakes from a box mix and dyed canned icing with green Wilton gel. I then piped on icing leaves using a Wilton leaf tip and placed my painted fondant cupcake toppers on the leaves.
paintedfondantcupcaketoppersThis was a totally fun experiment and I will definitely be trying a bigger project the next time. There are a ton of different cake decorating videos on Craftsy and the next time I try one out, I will share the experience with you!

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    MA says

    You are really taking your painting skills to a whole new level! Vodka! That is an incentive in itself to try this project! lol

    Great job……great idea for a party.

    Love, MA

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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks, Ma! Unfortunately when I painted these it was a little early in the day to be nipping at the vodka! I’ll need to try some at!

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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks, Tammy! Your blog header would look great painted on a cake! I might have to try it out!

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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks, Ingrid! Yes, I know simple to me isn’t always so simple…lol!! I do take that for granted sometimes!

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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks, Anyonita! I really enjoyed the process. Thanks for the invite to your link party.

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    These are absolutely beautiful! It sounds like such a simple process, I’m sure I could do it, but they wouldn’t look anything like yours. You are a wonderfully skilled painter. Me? Not so much.

    Thanks for sharing them. I might give it a go anyway. Happy Sharefest.
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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks, Robin! You should just go for it! Making the mistakes is all part of the learning curve. What you don’t see in the post are the original set of toppers that I make all MY mistakes on so that I could show you the “perfect” ones! Have fun with the process!!

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    These are too stinkin’ cute! Definitely going to have to try it out soon – pinned it just in case! 😉

    Visiting from the #SITSSharefest. Happy Saturday!
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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks for visiting and staying awhile, Kate! My neighbors had no problem eating the cupcakes…lol!! A littel ooh and aah and then down the hatch they went!

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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks, Shamene! I look forward to checking out your blog and seeing all your work! Have a great week.

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    Wow! Thank you for sharing these cupcake toppers! They are quite inspiring…Definitely want to try this. Nice that they can be prepared ahead of time, too. Definitely going to check out the craftsy tutorial site – Thank you for that link! Cheers, Catherine (new follower)
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      Consie Sindet says

      Thanks, Catherine! Definitely try them out! They make such a statement on even the simplest cupcakes. And I love that the technique can be applied to large cakes as well.

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    Angelique says

    I made a lady figurine out of gumpaste & its completely dried. Unfortunately, I made a mess of the eyes (smudged the paint and it looks like she has “black” eyes ugh). Should I try the vodka? Could I just paint over the black with ivory paste?

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      Consie Sindet says

      Hi Angelique, I would try take off the black eyes first with a little water…very little on a q-tip! If that does not work, painting over it is an option but the ivory might be too transparent. It might cover enough, however, to redo the eyes. Good luck and I hope that helps a little!


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