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how to make fondant rainbow cupcake toppers (for the Girl Scouts)

fondant rainbow cupcake

So my daughter is a Girl Scout. A Daisy, to be precise. But as she enters 2nd grade in the fall, she’s bridging now to Brownies. At the end-of-the-year ceremony, naturally, I was assigned the cupcakes. They were to be “rainbow” themed, as in the theme of bridging. I’ve made rainbow cupcake toppers before (here). But making 50 of those would have taken way more time than my 18 month old gives me during the day. So instead, I sped up the process. Rather than make each color arc along the rainbow, I instead use a stripe design to give the suggestion of a rainbow. A mere likeness. A rainbow essence, as it were.

fondant rainbow cupcake

I’m guessing these astute kids will notice the colors run straight across and not in arcs. Oh well, if they bring it up, I’ll just tell them to back off. I’m a busy woman.

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Look, I even made cupcake toppers with the Troop number on them.

fondant rainbow cupcake

 

To make fondant rainbows:

You will need:*

White fondant
Food coloring in rainbow colors
Dough scraper or roller tool
Small paint brush
Water or edible glue
Wax paper
Confectioner’s sugar and/or shortening
Rolling pin
2 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch  circle cutters

*Find premade fondant in the craft store or online, or make your own. Find circle cutter sets in the craft store or online. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Red Red, Orange, Egg Yellow, Electric Green, Sky Blue, Electric Purple). For supplies, see below.

 

Prepare each color of fondant. To do this, grab a chunk of fondant and knead in a few drops of food coloring until well blended. Knead additional drops of coloring in until desired shade is achieved. If your hands get sticky, coat them with some confectioner’s sugar.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Roll out some of each color of fondant about 3/8- inch wide, and cut strips about 6-inches long by 1/4-inch.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Stack one of each color strip, brushing each layer with just a bit of water or edible glue as you go.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Place the stack on its side and gently roll about 1/8 to 1/4-inch flat with the rolling pin. Make sure to keep moving the strip so it doesn’t stick. To prevent sticking, place wax paper underneath the strip. You may also sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on the wax paper or spread a thin layer of shortening.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Use the larger circle cutter to cut a circle so the red sits at the top of the cutter. (The fondant won’t reach the bottom of the cutter.) Then cut out a small hole at the bottom to make an arc. Cut the circles as closely together as possible, as you can’t really use the scraps. I got 4 rainbows each time I rolled out a stack. And I made 48, so I had 12 stacks. This still took a good bit of time, mind you, but it went more quickly than forming each one individually.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Rest the rainbows on a baking tray lined with wax or parchment paper to stiffen. Use to top cupcakes.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

To make the cupcakes, I just baked cupcakes and used my yummy buttercream frosting. I made the frosting thick enough to hold its shape and tinted the frosting white. Then, I fit a decorating bag with size 1M tip, filled the bag, and piped a swirl of white frosting on the top of each cupcake.

 

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from the archives: Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops

pop rocks marshmallow pops

If you need ideas for quick treats for the 4th of July, you can always check out my Seasonal button up there. But here’s one of my favorite blasts from the past. Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops. And I even had to experiment with some options so the Pop Rocks would keep their fizz until it was time to eat them. These Pop Rocks marshmallow pops rock. I just had to use all those words one more time.

 

Learn to make Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops HERE.

 

Pop Rocks Marshmallow pops

 

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Just for Kix: How to Make Simple Veggie Bugs

vegetable bugs

Oh little black edible marker, how I love you. You turn Kix into eyes with just a dot. Sigh. My latest for Kix cereal: Learn to make super easy vegetable bugs!

Find the veggie bug how-tos HERE.

vegetable bugs

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wednesday links: fun food and craft finds around the web

whitehouse_inspiredkids

I wish very much I could say I took this picture, because then it would mean I got that close to the President. Alas, the credit for this photograph goes to the White House website. Those kids? They are the 3rd and 4th graders at my daughter’s school here in DC. They got to hug and high five the President of the United-freakin’-States. While my 1st grade daughter wasn’t on this field trip, it’s a crazy thrill to see all those familiar, smiling, excited faces swept up in an experience they’ll never forget. And with all the difficulties that living with kids in a major city can bring, this shot reminds me how lucky my daughter is to go to a fantastic public charter school and have so many opportunities outside our door.

 

You must click to see these adorable birdie biscuits that perch on teacups.

I just impulse bought one of these purses made from vintage tablecloths because it’s so perfect.

I need to make breakfast more festive with Funfetti coffee creamer.

Sew a stackable burger pillow.

Dogs, dinosaurs, foxes, burger n’ fries, even custom made engraved rolling pins are wow-worthy.

Lots of cake stand decorated cookies!

This slow-cooker mac n’ cheese with garlic and chicken turned out great.

Make a vintage magazine lantern.

Do you need Grillography? A typeface made out of grilled food.

I think this year I’m going to mail my dad a steak postcard.

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some cookie daisies for you today

daisy decorated cookies

Here’s a quick ray of sunshine for you. Breath of fresh air? Dash of salt? Whatever you need today. I made these to donate to a fundraising event for the Calvary Women’s shelter here in Washington DC. I have a friend who works to make the event a success for this amazing place. Learn more about Calvary here and see how you can help here.

daisy decorated cookies

 

Want to make some daisy cookies?

To make daisy cookies, I first made cookies with a daisy cutter, baked and let cool. I then prepared my royal icing, divided and tinted white, yellow, pink, lime green and orange with my Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Egg Yellow, Electric Pink, Electric Green and Orange). Prepare disposable decorating bags with couplers and size “3″ or “4″ tips. I piped a circle of yellow, then I outlined and piped to fill the petals in white. I used a stiffer icing to outline, then thinned the icing a bit to pipe the inside of the petals. Between each petal I added a little squeeze-and-pull petal with a color of icing. For basic cookie decorating tips, click HERE. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

daisy decorated cookies

 

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