A new year means new cupcake projects at Icing Sugar Tower, Le Dolci studio! The last time I shared my sugary adventures was back in November and December when I was cake popping my way to Christmas with sprinkles and melted chocolate during the holidays. It was such a fun class to be a part of and it definitely ranked as one of my favourite Le Dolci memories and experiences.
After a bit of Christmas time off, the Le Dolci crew started 2012 with a bang with cupcake orders, private parties, and corporate cupcake catering. Add to that a whole slew of macaron, cupcake, and cake decorating classes scheduled well into March and you have yourself one very busy studio! Upcoming classes include new kid on the block, Mini Fondant Cake Decorating; all-time favourites Marvelous Macarons and Designer Cupcakes; and sweet and seasonal Valentine’s cupcakes and cake pops. With a growing team, a sparkly new online store, and more and more cupcake baking going on in the Dolci oven every week, the new year is looking bright! And bright was certainly the name of the game when I made these happy-go-lucky fondant cupcake toppers!
Not only do we jazz up cupcakes with pretty, colourful swirled frosting but we also design beautiful fondant cupcake toppers! Cute, sophisticated, bright, subdued, romantic, feminine – whatever the mood or look, fondant cupcake toppers set the cupcake decorating bar high with an endless array of colours, styles, shapes, tools, and techniques to work with. Icing sugar queens, Lisa and Miya, along with Cat (queen bee of Sugar Baking.com) have created fondant cupcake toppers for past Le Dolci classes including Vintage, Designer, and Christmas and this time around, I designed the ones for a special 4-dozen order. The theme? Children and kid-friendly! Well, colour me excited! I set up my mini work station, grabbed a placemat along with tools, jars of fondant icing colouring, tooth picks, and fondant, and a smattering of children’s themed and kid-friendly cutters: duckies, turtles, trains, rabbits, stars, flowers, and butterflies among others.
I’ll give a more in-depth and thorough tutorial later on in the future, but non-3D fondant toppers are basically created by rolling out fondant icing to the desired thickness, plunging different shaped cutters into the rolled fondant, and letting the fondant air-dry and harden on its own. Toppers like the ones I made start with a base (maybe a circle, a scalloped circle, a square, or a flower if you so wish) and the rest is completely up to you depending on theme you’re working with or the assortment of cutters you have or want to use. 3D toppers aren’t out of the question though! Even if you don’t have the time (or, let’s face it, the patience) to construct a dozen 3D trains, you can inject a little 3Dness into the mix by layering and making simpler 3D shapes like bows. I wasn’t going for a 3D look with these. Nope, my mission was to design super bright, happy, cheerful, colourful toppers!
If you don’t have pre-coloured fondant, you can acheive the colours you want by using fondant icing colouring (Wilton has a rainbow of colours that you get at baking and craft shops). Remember the fondant martini olives I made back in September? The process of colouring fondant is exactly the same; hurray for toothpicks! I worked with a primary colour palette of pink, yellow, and blue with secondary shades of purple and green thrown in along with some white to balance out all the colour. I had myself some fun and the results are down below. Not bad for a day’s work 😉
Le Dolci is a private studio located at 75 Portland St., just east of Bathurst near King St. West. The studio hosts cupcake decorating classes and handles catering for both corporate and personal events. For more information on classes, schedules, rates, and more, visit their official website here and their Facebook page here.