What You'll Need:
For the fondant flowers:
For the cupcakes:
First, you'll want to make the fondant flowers. Lightly dust your rolling mat or cutting board with cornstarch or powdered sugar. Following the fondant package directions, knead the fondant until it seems fairly easy to roll out. Try not to overknead, as that creates air pockets in the fondant.
Roll the fondant into a 1/16-inch sheet. Next, press down the cookie cutter and wiggle it a bit until the flower pulls away easily.
You will need four cutout flowers for each three-dimensional flower cupcake topper, which requires about an ounce of fondant. To make 16 flowers, you'll need a pound of fondant.
Tip: If excess cornstarch sticks to the fondant, you can brush it away with a clean paintbrush (either dry or barely damp) or lightly rub shortening onto the flower cutout. If you choose to use shortening, be sure to use a light amount. It will absorb into the fondant and leave a little bit of shine.
After you've cut out four fondant flowers, you're ready to assemble a three-dimensional flower.
Get a full video tutorial of creating the flowers here!
Tip: If the flower cutouts do not seem to stick to each other, you can add a tiny bit of water between the flowers at the center point.
Using your finger, the back of your paintbrush, or a fondant tool, lift up the edges of the flower petals until they form the flower, as shown. Repeat the steps for each three-dimensional flower cupcake topper.
Now it's time to make the cupcakes! Following the Double-Chocolate Cake recipe, above, pour the batter into cupcake liners that match your frosting color. Bake the cupcakes according to the recipe, and let them cool before frosting.
Add a few drops of food coloring to the Buttercream Frosting. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with an open star decorating tip.
To create a swirl with ridges, start on the outer edge of your cupcake and use an equal amount of pressure to swirl the frosting around in circles, working from the outside in until you reach the center. You'll want to keep your tip slightly above the surface as you move around the cupcake.
Now complete the look! Gently place a fondant flower in the center of each cupcake. Reshape flowers as needed.
Suggested Color Combos: turquoise and red (pictured), lime green and coral, green and bright pink, teal and yellow, or black and white.
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