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Doesn’t that sound like a mouthful? Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers. All it really means is harnessing your inner child and playing with fondant as you played with Play-Doh years ago. You are going to create mini Christmas Trees so you are all ready with those handmade Christmas cupcake toppers to rock out a festive treat!
Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers
Looking at Edible Christmas Cupcake Toppers
There are several different kinds of edible Christmas cupcake toppers as they can be made from fondant, royal icing, or even chocolate. Today, we are going to work with fondant!
I love how the Food Network puts it:
Rolled fondant is versatile. It can be tinted, flavored, modeled, formed, twisted, imprinted, and shaped into numerous of decorative pieces.
Can you put fondant on cupcakes?
Even if you just want to roll out fondant, cut strips, and put it directly onto a cupcake, you need to add a little buttercream under it to become the “glue”. We are going to frost the cupcakes before adding our little “clay” creations and buttercream will be the “sticky” that holds it all together.
Can I make fondant cake decorations in advance?
Yes, but ideally, you don’t want to make them more than 2-3 days ahead of when you want to use them. It isn’t like cupcakes – that you can make a month in advance and then pop into the freezer, to pull out and thaw before frosting. They get harder and will be harder to eat.
If you do want to make the cupcakes in advance, you don’t want to frost and pop the fondant on top. Fondant is sugar-based and it will start to break down – the opposite of the getting hard problem. Bottom line: think of melted Play-doh.
This recipe will make a dozen treats so you can double or triple the recipe accordingly to the size of the crowd you wish to treat. That being said, you need to start with 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes. You can either use a boxed cake mix or use our chocolate cupcake recipe.
You always want to make sure your cupcakes are completely cool before starting to decorate them.
Now, let’s make those Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers
You will need:
6-8 oz. green fondant
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll out a dozen 2-inch fondant spheres.
Start shaping each fondant sphere into cones so that they take the shape of Christmas trees. Use scissors to cut little indents all around the fondant tree (this will give it texture). Set lightly on the lined baking sheet.
This is a GREAT cupcake to make with the littles – after all, they are at the top of the Play-Doh skills right now. Have them help you shape the little fondant trees and your junior baker will swell with pride as people compliment them!
For the Buttercream you will need:
- ¾ cup softened butter (1 ½ sticks)
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 3-5 tbsp milk
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- Red gel food coloring
- Yellow gel food coloring
- Blue gel food coloring
To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer and beat butter, icing sugar, and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase speed to high and beat until completely smooth.
Frost each cupcake with an offset spatula and add shredded coconut on top.
Add some buttercream to the bottom of each tree and place on in the center of each cupcake.
Separate the remainder of your frosting into three different bowls. Color each one with your gel food coloring.
Now let’s add some holiday lights to your tree-shaped fondant Christmas cupcakes toppers! Add each buttercream color into a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in one and corner, and pipe out little dots on your fondant Christmas trees. We kept the yellow for the top part of the tree – this will act as your fondant tree’s “star.”