Do you have an In The Night Garden fan in your house? Then this simple cupcakes tutorial will have you earning Super Mummy points in no time!
This is only my 4th set of decorated cupcakes EVER so if I can do it, so can you. Remember, fondant icing is just playdough for adults (with the added bonus of tasting a-maz-ing!)
You will need
Ready-made white fondant icing
Round cookie cutter
Small circle cutter
Palette knife (not essential)
I made a simple mock-up of the buns so I knew what I was working towards.
Colour The Fondant Icing
Fondant Icing is easy to colour. Pull off a bit of the white ready-made fondant. Dip a cocktail stick into the colour you need and wipe it onto the fondant. Keep folding the fondant in on itself until it is coloured all the way through.
For these cupcakes, you’ll need to make the 9 colours in the plan (the 8 pictured plus white):
Remember, you can mix colours too (so to make brown, make a red fondant and then add some green colouring until you get the shade you want).
Make the butter icing foundation
Put a dollop of butter icing onto each bun and spread it evenly over the surface.
Technically, you’re supposed to use buns that are below the line of the bun case and then you can use the icing to level them off with the top of the case, but our buns rose quite a bit. Personally, I think its fine to have dome-shaped cupcakes!
Make the fondant icing disc
Sprinkle some icing sugar onto your bench to stop the icing sticking to it. Roll out the green fondant until it is about 3mm thick. Select a cookie cutter that is slightly bigger than your cupcakes and cut out a disc.
Use a spatula to pick up the disc and place it on your bun. Gently press the edges into the bun.
How To Make Tombliboo Unn Cupcakes
Roll out the beige fondant and use a small circle cutter for the face. Using your finger, spread a small amount of butter icing on the back (this is the glue of the cupcake world!) and stick the circle onto your bun.
Add a nose by taking a pinch of the beige icing and rolling it into a ball. And then make 5 larger balls of the red icing for the hair. Finally, take 2 tiny bits of black icing and make 2 balls for eyes. Again, stick all of these on with butter icing.
Makka Pakka (and Iggle Piggle) has an oval-shaped face. For this, I just cut my usual circle and then stretched it slightly with my fingers.
The ears (is that what they are??) are made by rolling small cylinders and sticking them together with butter icing. It can be quite fiddly but you’ll get there!
To make Upsy Daisy’s hair, just roll some thin sausage shapes with the different colours, spread a thin layer of butter icing along the back, and arrange them on the cupcake.
That’s it! Easy Peasy!
Now you know what to do, here’s a snappier version of the steps for you to follow:
- Colour fondant icing
- Put a teaspoon of butter icing onto the bun and use a spatula to smooth it off
- Roll out the green fondant icing and use a round cookie cutter to make a disc
- Place on the bun and tuck the edges in
- Cut a smaller beige circle for the face and add a tiny beige ball for the nose (remember to use butter icing to stick them on)
- Roll 5 red balls for the hair and 2 small black balls for eyes
Psst! For my simple Farm Animal Buns tutorial, click here
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