#Reels is a new feature on Instagram that we’ve been totally enjoying since it’s launch. It’s a great way for us to share BTS videos, peeks at the latest cakes… AND 15 second tutorials! It’s pretty quick for us to film, edit and share too. We shoot everything via iPhone, photograph the end result, do a few edits and plan a good time to post. To celebrate the fact that autumn is right around the corner (yay) we’ve created 3 quick & easy pumpkin cake decorating tutorials via Reels. Head over to our Instagram to view! Just a quick note: so far you can’t view Reels via desktop or web browser so check it out via your phone or iPad.
Pumpkin cake decorating tutorials via Instagram
One of our autumn tutorials is a quick look at how to ‘paint’ modern pumpkins using royal icing. This is in the style and texture of oil paintings. We’ve done this straight onto pretty gold splatter macarons, but it’s a great technique to use on fondant or set royal icing. You can even use a stiff buttercream instead and paint onto ganached cakes.
Next, is a tutorial on how to pipe the top of a cupcake to look like a cute pumpkin. Just a good plain round tip, some silky buttercream and a few smooth swipes as you pipe can create the familiar ridged look of everyone’s favourite seasonal gourd.
Finally, how to pipe mini pumpkins with buttercream! You can create some fun pumpkin patches with this method. Use different piping tips to make different textures. Try using buttercream in different colours for a vibrant field full of pumpkins.
We’ll have more to come with Halloween and the winter season fast approaching too so keep checking back! Hope you enjoy them.
When it comes to companies that we LOVE Benefit Cosmetics are definitely way up on the list. They’re fun, quirky and we love the amount of pink they use! When they contacted us about collaborating together to create some fun (and chic) festive content we were thrilled! Plus we got to create a super exclusive collection of Benefit cookies for one lucky winner (giveaway now ended)! Head on over to Benefit’s Instagram to find our Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial via their story highlights.
Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial for Benefit Cosmetics!
Materials and tools needed…
Cupcake (if the top is domed and risen… even better)
Core and fill your cupcake(s) with frosting. We used a classic Madagascan vanilla buttercream for our cupcake! It’s absolutely fine to fill your cupcakes with other fillings such as salted caramel, cookie butter or fruity jams.
Tip! You don’t need to core your cupcake all the way to the bottom. Halfway down is a great amount of space for enough buttercream. Also, you’ll risk piercing the cupcake case so take it easy.
Use a palette knife ot spatula to spread any excess buttercream around the top of your cupcake which will help your sugar paste / fondant to stick to the cupcake’s surface.
You don’t need to do this step BUT it is our top tip for making smooth and flawless iced cupcakes! Roll out some white sugar paste / fondant and cut out a circle just a little smaller than your the top of your cupcake. Lay this central on top of your cupcake and smooth down.
As we said you don’t need to double ice your cupcakes and a lot of people aren’t too keen on sugar paste / fondant. However, for a super smooth look this part is pretty important. Cupcakes can bake uneven or bumpy too so this really helps!
Repeat step 03 but with whatever skin tone coloured fondant you like. Also, make sure to use a circle cutter a little larger than your cupcake this time so that it can accommodate for the curve of your cupcake! Apply and smooth over the top of your cupcake to the edges of the case.
With your circle cutters cut two smaller circles of white sugar paste / fondant. Then cut away a portion from one circle so that the other can fit inside. These sections are going to be Mrs Claus’ hair which is going to be so cute and on-trend too!
Attach on top of your cupcake with a little amount of edible glue to create Mrs Claus’ hair! Once this is in place dust with some white lustre dust to add a little glitz for the party season.
You can also use edible white lustre paint if that’s what you have to hand. There’s lots on the market like sparkling dusts, shimmer sprays and glittery paint too so you’re spoiled for choice!
Now to add a chic top knot! Roll a ball of white fondant and attach on top of your cupcake with some edible glue. Hold in place lightly until stable. Then add a little texture to Mrs Claus’ hair using a thin veining tool. Also, remember to dust her top knot with lustre dust.
Using a small ball tool indent where you’d like Mrs Claus’ eyes to be which you can nestle black sugar pearls into later.
With a thin veining tool indent eyelashes to the sides of her eyes. Three is always a good amount composition-wise, but it’s a lot for a small eye so stick to two ‘lashes’.
Now add black sugar pearls for the eyes with a tiny amount of edible glue. Try not to add too much glue as it can look messy if it seeps out or ends up making your pieces slide around! Edible glue is pretty slippy so just remember that a little goes a l-o-n-g way!
For her cute button nose roll a tiny amount of fondant in the same colour skin tone you iced your cupcake with. Attach with a small amount of edible glue.
Tip! Working this small can be a little tricky as your hands will warm up the fondant making it squishy. Once you create her nose just set it aside for a few minutes to firm up or cool down. It should be much easier to work with and attach.
Let’s finish Mrs Claus’ stylish hair! Use edible glue to attach pretty snowflake sprinkles in place. Then with a small amount of melted white chocolate (don’t use milk or dark… it’ll get messy and it’s so much more noticeable) attach a real bow in place!
Tip! White chocolate makes for a pretty sturdy edible glue for harder to attach elements… which is so handy for stubborn pieces. The reason we advise not using milk or dark is that if that drips all over your work it will stain. Not a good look right?
Add a smile with the bottom of a piping tip. We used the end of a 2.5 by PME Supatube then pressed it into the cupcake at an angle to indent a curve. You can also use the scallop tool in any icing modeling tool kit… which basically looks like a curved line.
Mrs Claus still isn’t ready as, just like anyone would need a touch of Benetint (or Posietint… our fave), she still needs her blush! Use a small fluffy brush to apply a little pink edible dust to her cheeks. Just like Benetint build your colour up so add a little at a time! It’s oh so much easier to just a little more colour each time instead of going overboard and having to start all over again from step 03!
Now Mrs Claus is ready to take on the festive season armed with her Benefit-inspired look! She’s the perfect guest at any Christmas dinner party too. A super cute idea would be to create lots of other cupcakes decorated with fondant bows to look like gifts. Arrange these on top of a cupcake tower stand and surround with pretty snowflake confetti for a scene stealing centrepiece!
Planning a fun dinner party with the girls? Why not tweak this Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial and make each match your bestie too! You can change hair colour and style, add edible accessories (try white sugar pearl sprinkles or stars for fabulous earrings), change their skin tone or play with make up styles too (add a little edible glitter eyeshadow or some black eyeliner with a black edible pen)! How much fun does that sound?
We had SO much fun working alongside Benefit to create this fun and festive Mrs Claus cupcake tutorial. We hope you have an amazing time creating your own at home. Remember… she’s not ready until she’s a #Benebabe!
You can use lots of different things to help give any Christmas cookie you’re making a winter-y look. We’ve used sugar, sanding sugar, nonpareils, sugar strands, confetti sprinkles, snowflake sprinkles, plunger cut snowflakes and shimmering lustre dust too. It’s festive season so don’t be afraid to even use ALL of them. Stick to white when working with creating an edible snow look and it should just look lovely and textured!
Give each cookie a little ‘personality’ with individual decorations. We used gold stars, a pretty holly leaf wreath and a snowflake. You can even pipe party guest’s names onto each cookie and use them as cute place settings! If you’re stuck for time how about using some pre-made icing decorations. We love Wilton’s range of gingerbread people, snow characters and Christmas stockings!
So for some extra treats this holiday season with a little less stress check out our gingerbread house cookie tutorial on Craftsy.com!