With the Easter festivities fast approaching we’ve began working on lots of sweet cake, cupcake and macaron treats for you to whip up at home. It’s one or favourite times of year for cake and cooking decorating because of all the fun and adorable things just waiting to adorn home baked treats! With that in mind here’s the first of our Easter recipe and tutorial collection; how to create Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes! Be sure to try out our accompanying recipe for lemon and marshmallow cupcakes for a delicious Easter treat.
How to make floral Easter basket cupcake toppers
Pastel pink fondant
Pastel green fondant
Pastel yellow fondant
Pastel purple fondant
2 1/4 inch scalloped circle cutter
Small candy / chocolate eggs
Medium blossom cutter
Veining / flower and leaf shaping tool
Fondant rolling pin
Icing sugar to dust surface
Flower foam pad
Step 1: Roll out some pastel fondant mixed with tylo powder in your chosen colour and cut with a 2 1/2 inch scalloped circle cutter. Add extra detail by pressing the small end of the ball tool into each scallop. Leave to dry and harden on a clean flat surface. Once ready set on top of a piped cupcake!
Step 2: Take a little brown fondant and add a couple pinches of tylo powder. Using a cake smoother roll these out into a thin ‘rope’. To do so ‘roll’ your cake smoother over an oblong shape of brown fondant backwards and forwards.
Step 3: Slice your ‘rope’ in half with your blade tool and gently twist both pieces together to form the handle for your basket. Set aside to harden and dry.
Step 4: Take a ball of fondant about the size of a ping pong ball and add a pinch or two of tylo powder. Roll into a smooth and crease-less ball in the palms of your hand. Work into an oval shape to form the beginning of your basket.
Step 5: Using the larger end of your ball tool indent the centre of your basket.
Step 6: With your veining tool etch out a wicker-like pattern along the outside of your little fondant basket.
Step 7: Roll out some more fondant into a thin ‘rope’ and attach this along the top of your basket. Add detail with your veining tool.
Step 8: With some edible glue attach three miniature candy / chocolate eggs into your basket.
Step 9: To make the little blossoms roll out coloured fondant and cut out the florals using your blossom plunger cutter.
Step 10: On a flower foam pad shape the petals of your blossoms with smaller end of your ball tool.
Step 11: Add the blossoms to the basket with a dab of edible glue and finish the centres of them with sugar pearls or small balls of fondant.
Step 12: With edible glue attach your basket handle and leave to set. This may need holding up with strips of kitchen towel or cling film.
Once you’ve finished why not arrange your gorgeous Floral Easter Basket Cupcakes on a pastel cake stand strewn with silk flowers and crepe paper ‘grass’ for a gorgeous spring look.