Painted fondant cupcake toppers

Painted fondant cupcake toppers

Painted fondant cupcake toppers 550 451 Consie Sindet

Last week you had a hint at these cute cupcake toppers sitting on top of my new DIY cake plate! Today I want to share with you how they came about.
paintedfondantcupcaketoppersA few weeks ago I was introduced to Craftsy. It is an online video classroom with great tutorials covering a variety of topics. The video that I decided to try was a free mini-course called The Hand-Painted Cake.
wiltoncakedecoratinggelsAs you can probably guess from my blog, I like to paint on most anything so why not a cake! As I started watching the tutorial, I was really excited to find out that I already had the supplies needed to paint on fondant. The teacher, Erin Schaefgen, uses Wilton gel icing colors, together with White, to create the paint needed to work on the fondant.
wiltongelaspaintOnce I chose the color gels I wanted, I added them to a foam plate with a toothpick. I then added a couple drops of White to each and mixed them up forming my color palette.
fondanttoppersSince I was trying this technique for the first time, I decided to work on small rounds of fondant instead of a whole cake like in the video. I am sure I will be trying that at some point, so stayed tuned! I used white Wilton fondant, rolled out thin, and cut out with a cookie cutter. Per Erin’s instructions, I did this the day before and put them in the refrigerator to harden up. This way the fondant cupcake toppers would be easier to paint on and handle.
cupcaketoppersCollageThis was more of a practice run so I kept my designs simple. I used new brushes that I had on hand and will keep them for painting just on fondant. The video has some great recommendations for brushes that I will look for in the future. To thin down the gel paints, I used a 50/50 mix of water and vodka in a cup. You don’t need a lot…just enough to thin the paints a bit. I kept a separate container of plain water for rinsing the brushes between colors. Hint: I found that the gel colors dried way better when thinned with the water/vodka mixture. I tried some designs with just the gel color and they never dried completely.
cupcakesoncakeplateI made the cupcakes from a box mix and dyed canned icing with green Wilton gel. I then piped on icing leaves using a Wilton leaf tip and placed my painted fondant cupcake toppers on the leaves.
paintedfondantcupcaketoppersThis was a totally fun experiment and I will definitely be trying a bigger project the next time. There are a ton of different cake decorating videos on Craftsy and the next time I try one out, I will share the experience with you!

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  • MA July 1, 2013 at 7:52 am

    You are really taking your painting skills to a whole new level! Vodka! That is an incentive in itself to try this project! lol

    Great job……great idea for a party.

    Love, MA

    • Consie Sindet July 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Ma! Unfortunately when I painted these it was a little early in the day to be nipping at the vodka! I’ll need to try some at!

  • Madonna/aka/Ms.Lemon July 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    These are darling. I am pinning.

  • Confessions of a Plate Addict July 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Love this idea…so cute and summery! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!…hugs…Debbie

  • Lisa Ehrman July 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I love your designs! Such a great idea 🙂 I’m glad I found you on the “You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday” hop. Please visit my site sometime 🙂

  • Tammy July 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

    These are works of art!

  • Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family July 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    They turned out amazing!

  • ingrid@nowathomemom July 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    very pretty, your designs, you say they are simple but I think they are beautiful! you did a beautiful job! 🙂

    • Consie Sindet July 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thanks, Ingrid! Yes, I know simple to me isn’t always so simple…lol!! I do take that for granted sometimes!

  • Kris, Neighbor Chick July 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Gorgeous artwork! So pretty! (I’m tweeting and pinning this!) Have a lovely day!
    Neighbors About Town Blog

  • Anyonita July 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Oh wow! Those look absolutely lovely. I’ve been meaning to teach myself how to do this; you’ve got a great handle on painting fondant! Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! This is the link!

  • BeBetsy July 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    We love these decorated cupcakes! -So cute. You did a great job on the painting.

    Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT. We’d love it if you link back to BeBetsy. -xo Have a terrific week.

    Sharon and Denise
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  • Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft July 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Super cute, love them! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty!

  • Christie July 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    These turned out great. I can’t wait to try this soon. Maybe our next cake…

  • Cindy Eikenberg July 6, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Hi Consie – visiting from Pinterest Blitz – these are just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing and pinning! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • misssrobin July 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

    These are absolutely beautiful! It sounds like such a simple process, I’m sure I could do it, but they wouldn’t look anything like yours. You are a wonderfully skilled painter. Me? Not so much.

    Thanks for sharing them. I might give it a go anyway. Happy Sharefest.

    • Consie Sindet July 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Thanks, Robin! You should just go for it! Making the mistakes is all part of the learning curve. What you don’t see in the post are the original set of toppers that I make all MY mistakes on so that I could show you the “perfect” ones! Have fun with the process!!

  • Brittany July 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    These are too stinkin’ cute! Definitely going to have to try it out soon – pinned it just in case! 😉

    Visiting from the #SITSSharefest. Happy Saturday!

  • Kate July 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Adorable! These look almost too good to eat, but I bet they taste good too! Found you in the Saturday Sharefest… I’m going to check out more of your blog now!

    • Consie Sindet July 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for visiting and staying awhile, Kate! My neighbors had no problem eating the cupcakes…lol!! A littel ooh and aah and then down the hatch they went!

  • Shamene July 8, 2013 at 3:16 am

    These cupcake toppers are beautiful! I am following you now on facebook!

    • Consie Sindet July 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Thanks, Shamene! I look forward to checking out your blog and seeing all your work! Have a great week.

  • Natasha July 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for linking up to this month’s #ShareTheLoveBlogHop

    Natasha @ Serenity You

  • Emily July 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    These are simply gorgeous!! As one who cannot paint at all, I am immensely impressed with your talent! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with us this week at Much Ado About Monday. Have a great weekend! 🙂


  • Winnie July 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Brilliant idea with perfect result
    You are really an artist, and these all look fantastic

  • Susan July 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    How very lovely, too lovely to eat! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  • Catherine July 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Wow! Thank you for sharing these cupcake toppers! They are quite inspiring…Definitely want to try this. Nice that they can be prepared ahead of time, too. Definitely going to check out the craftsy tutorial site – Thank you for that link! Cheers, Catherine (new follower)

    • Consie Sindet July 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks, Catherine! Definitely try them out! They make such a statement on even the simplest cupcakes. And I love that the technique can be applied to large cakes as well.

  • Krystle July 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Wow!! You have such talent!!! These are adorable and so creative!!

    Pinned it! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys and

  • KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family July 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! I think I might find it hard to eat them. Thanks for linking up.

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  • Angelique August 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I made a lady figurine out of gumpaste & its completely dried. Unfortunately, I made a mess of the eyes (smudged the paint and it looks like she has “black” eyes ugh). Should I try the vodka? Could I just paint over the black with ivory paste?

    • Consie Sindet August 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Hi Angelique, I would try take off the black eyes first with a little water…very little on a q-tip! If that does not work, painting over it is an option but the ivory might be too transparent. It might cover enough, however, to redo the eyes. Good luck and I hope that helps a little!

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