Little Man's first birthday is coming up- and I couldn't be more excited. While I am going to save most of my party day treats for the big reveal, I couldn't help but share this adorable (and easy) little fondant cupcake topper.
I am making a bunch of fondant cupcake and cake toppers, mostly including baseball. While going through SVG files I wanted to cut with my cricut, I came across an adorable hat shape. I was thinking of cutting them for the party guests to wear, but I thought they would make perfect cupcake toppers instead! I havent seen many party hat toppers, and thought it would be a really fun addition to the rest of my party decor.
You don't need a fancy die cut machine to do this- but I did use my Cricut Cake (and software you unfortunately can't buy anymore for cricut. Anyone have good tips on a non-cricut cake cutter???).
Fondant decorations have become so popular lately you can buy all sorts of premade fondant sheets at your local craft store. I've used both the Cricut sheets and Wilton's, and they both have some great strengths and weaknesses. The Wilton sheets are a little too thin to cut perfectly and can bunch under the cutter's rollers- while the cricut sheets were really, really dry- but much thicker and cut more easily (I just had to be very careful with intricate designs to ensure they didnt snap). For the hats I am making here, you will need the Wilton sheets, or your own rolled fondant. It just needs to be more pliable than the cricut sheets (which I am going to detail this weekend for a more inticate cut, which the cricut sheets worked well for).
Now, if you don't have a cutter- don't fear! Buy some fondant sheets and some basic fondant tools. Wilton now even makes fondant punches- they work like hole punchers and cookie cutters and work perfectly to get shapes quickly!
Here's the quick rundown on how I got these fancy little hats to look so festive:
First, I got my cute little cricut cake up and running. I love how adorable the little red version is!
Next, I greased up the mat with a bunch of shortening. This is not a skip you want to step or go light on. You really need to slather it on to get the fondant sheet to stick well. If you aren't using a machine, you might want to grease up some wax paper with shortening before putting your sheets on to use with punches- it won't move or slide at all.
Trim your sheet to fit your cutting mat, and load it up!
I cut a fan shape to make the hats with- but if you have a cartridge with a party hat shape on it, you could use that. Just set it to a VERY small size.
Roll the hats into a cone shape, and to secure, use a little bit of water. Press the fondant together firmly for a few seconds as though you were holding paper in place while glue sets.
Next, I cut small 1's in a different color, as well as some circles and stars. Some Wilton sheets have numbers and shapes pre-punched in them- so if you don't have a cutter you might want to look into those!
Holding the cone over your thumb, "glue" the number in place with another dab of water. I found the colors do run a bit, so go very easy with the water, and you can quickly dab any excess water with a paper towel to prevent the colors from running onto each other.
Next, "glue" a little topper on your hat- I used both small circles and stars. I love how they turned out!
With proper storage, these can last up to months- a great decoration you can do long ahead of your big party!