It’s time for another fun unicorn inspired treat! Hooray! This week’s tutorial is super fun and also pretty easy to follow. These fondant / sugar paste ruffle pom poms are ridiculously fun, bright and they’re perfect for party time! You can use the finished edible pom poms to top cupcakes with, add on top of a cake among swirly lollipops or make tiny versions for cake pops!
Rainbow pom pom cupcakes tutorial!
Materials and tools needed…
- Circle cookie or pastry cutter (we used a 1 7/8 inch / roughly 5cm sized circle)
- Fondant / sugar paste in pink, purple, yellow, mint green and turquoise (or any colours you like)
- Edible glue
- Food safe paint brush
- Small rolling pin
- CMC / tylo powder
- Unused bubble wrap
Roll out each of your coloured fondant / sugar paste to a thickness of around 2-3mm. Once rolled cut out your circles! You’ll need one of each of the 5 colours per cupcake.
Turning those fondant circles into ruffled pieces is pretty easy! All you need to do is gently fold a circle in half and then into quarters. It pays to be quite light handed with this as you don’t want your ruffles to squish or sag.
Note: If your fondant seems a little too much on the floppy side chances are your ruffle pieces will end up just being folded pieces of sugar paste. If this happens try adding a little CMC or tylo powder (1 teaspoon per 250g of fondant is a general rule of thumb).
Now you can arrange your little ruffled pieces however you like. We wanted the top ruffles to be pink so we created our lower half of the pom pom with our yellow, mint, purple and turquoise pieces first! When you’re happy with the look stick the pieces together with a little edible glue!
Note: Try not to add too much edible glue as things could get messy! Glue squishing or seeping out of work also never looks good.
Add small pieces of bubble wrap (or even paper kitchen towel) to help your ruffles keep their shape as they set!
Yay! Party ready unicorn-inspired cupcakes that are ridiculously fun! You can even add in golden painted unicorn horns made from fondant nestled into the ruffles to go super unicorn themed; opt for different colours for themed parties or make a huge version to add on top of an iced birthday cake (note… you may need a few more ruffle circle pieces for that cool idea).