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peeps beer party

My husband likes beer. So it made sense to decorate his birthday cake with beer. As the real stuff gets too soggy, I tried making little fondant beer decor. Then all these leftover Peeps (from Easter, but I believe Peeps to have an infinite shelf life) crashed the party.

how to make fondant beer mugs and pints of Guinness
cake and cupcake toppers

you will need:*

white rolled fondant
food coloring (brown, black, and blue)
rolling pin
wax paper

light corn syrup

1/2″ to 1″ circle cookie cutter

*Find the fondant and cutter at any major craft store. You can also find food coloring there, though I use Americolor soft gel pastes (click on their site for info on where to buy). My cutter is a 1″ oval, but I patted the edges of my fondant down to better form a circle after cutting.

step one: tint your fondant
You’ll need white, brown, dark brown/black, and light blue. White is already done for you, but to tint the other colors, need a few drops of coloring into a ball of fondant very well. Fondant may get sticky from kneading. If it becomes difficult to manage, let sit at room temperature uncovered for about 15 minutes. For the Guinness color, I mixed a few drops of both brown and black coloring into fondant.

step two: make your foam heads
Roll white fondant between two pieces of wax paper, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out circles with the cutter and set aside.

step three: make the beer mug
Knead a ball of brown fondant and shove the cutter into it. Don’t worry about precision. You’re just trying to make a cylinder shape. Tap into place with fingers if needed. Press toothpick around sides of cylinder to make beer-mug-lines. For handle, roll a small piece of blue fondant on the table with your palm (like making snakes from PlayDoh). Bend into a “U” and cut ends with sharp knife to flatten. Set aside and let stiffen about an hour.

To assemble, dab light corn syrup on the underside of a white circle and press onto top of beer mug. Dab syrup on ends of handle and press onto side.

step four: make your Guinness
Follow the above instructions for making dark brown cylinders, but don’t press sides with the toothpick. Dab light corn syrup on the underside of a white circle and press onto top of cylinder. With fingers, roll the bottom of the cylinder to make a pint glass (if fondant is too soft at this point, let sit out for 15 minutes first).

There’s always one Peep who can’t hold his liquor.

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  1. cookies and cups
    Posted November 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    hahahah!! Not only do peeps half an infinite shelf life I find they get better with time…like a fine wine ;)

  2. Cakespy
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE THIS!!! Sorry but that needed to be all caps! Seeing Peeps boozing it up is kind of like hearing a kindergarten teacher curse. Delightful contrast!

  3. Paula
    Posted November 20, 2009 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    aww ! Cute (: I cant do anything like that… cant cook ): shamefull -hum?

  4. Miri
    Posted November 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh! That is hilarious!!! Fondant is so cool.

  5. Nina
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Peeps rule

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