A delicate Tea Party Cupcake Topper can make any tea party look fabulous! In this third installment of the Tea Party Cupcake Topper series, I will show you how to make beautiful and simple Flower Saucer Cupcake Topper.
Are you wondering why a saucer without the teacup? It just looked so cute that I couldn’t resist making a design exclusively for the saucer. I also think that this design is much simpler if you have a hard time making the teacup. I even made the pattern on the “china” (saucer) somewhat abstract to simplify the process.
By the way, in the next two weeks, we’ll be making the teacup and saucer in the last installment of this Tea Party Cupcake Topper series. And follow this link for the beautiful Yellow Rose topper. Click here for the Blue Bow design, this is where you’ll find the pink doily that the saucer sits on in today’s tutorial.
TIPS FOR GLUING FONDANT AND GUMPASTE
If you are new to decorating with fondant or gumpaste, it’s good to know how to best glue on decorations. You can make a series of solutions that will serve as adhesives.
I can tell you right off that water is the best one for most simple projects. It’s readily available and easy to use. Since gumpaste and fondant are sugar, dampening the side of the surface that you will adhere melts it a little. This makes it sticky enough to adhere to another piece of fondant or gumpaste.
To be clear, you only dampen the surface, you shouldn’t wet it. If you wet it, it can ruin the fondant or gumpaste and slip off the surface you are trying to stick it on.
Another great adhesive for fondant and gumpaste is Tylose powder mixed with warm water. You only need to mix about 1/2 a teaspoon of the powder with 1/4 cup of water. This is a stronger glue for heavier or larger items. It’s also great for gluing the wires to gumpaste flower petals.
No Tylose powder available? No problem! Just dissolve a 1/2″ thick ball of gumpaste into warm water and you have the perfect solution. Again, with any of the adhesives, only dab a little on. It’ll dry faster and you will not ruin the surface of the fondant or gumpaste.
HOW TO MAKE A FLOWER SAUCER CUPCAKE TOPPER
Of the four cupcake toppers in this series, this Flower Saucer Cupcake Topper and the one with the bow are the easiest to make.
To make the Flower Saucer Cupcake Topper, you’ll need a few more materials than you did for the first two cupcake toppers in this series. The reason is that you’ll be painting the “china” or saucer with pretty designs. We want to make it look like the adorable real china tea cups and saucers.
- Small fondant rolling pin
- Gumpaste or fondant
- Circle cutters
- Fondant molding tool
- Gumpaste mat
- Powder Pouch (optional, you can find how to make your own here)
- Water and brush (to wet the gumpaste or fondant)
- Food coloring (burgundy, teal, and lemon yellow)
- Paint brushes (small)
- Gold paint or dust
- Alcohol (clear rum works well, feel free to taste ;))
CREATING AND PAINTING THE SAUCER
- Roll out and flatten white gumpaste to a thin 1/8th of an inch or slightly thicker.
- Use a 1″ circle cutter to cut out a circle. Place the circle in the palm of your hand.
- Using the larger ball end of the fondant tool, lightly press just inside the edges of the circle until they are slightly lifted, creating the edge of the saucer.
- Press the center of the gumpaste circle with the same tool. If the gumpaste is too soft, set aside to dry for 30 – 60 minutes. It will be more firm, but not necessarily fully hardened and dry.
- In a small container, pour a few drops of alcohol. Place yellow gel color off to the side of the same container, allowing you to wet the brush with alcohol and gel color. Do not mix the gel in the alcohol ahead of time (unless you use a lot, and that may be a waste of gel) because it’ll be too watered down to paint with. Use alcohol, instead of water because it evaporates faster, drying the gel paint within minutes.
- Paint yellow polka dots on the saucer, then burgundy flowers, and teal leaves. Clean brush and use fresh alcohol in between colors.
- If using gold metallic dust, mix with a few drops of alcohol until it reaches a thick consistency. Use a slightly bigger, flat brush to color the edges of the plate with the flat sides. This helps ensure that you don’t go beyond the edges. Set aside to dry for 30 minutes.
CREATING THE MINI FLOWERS
- Roll out and flatten fondant to a thin 1/8th of an inch. The thinner the fondant, the more delicate the flowers will look.
- With a Xacto knife or pizza cutter, cut out a long thin triangle shape, about 1/4″ wide.
- Dampen the inside bottom edge of the strip with water to glue it together when you follow the next step.
- Roll the fondant from the pointy end in itself and continue to roll until you form the flower.
- Stick the last piece of fondant to the rest of the flower at a downward angle.
- With your finger, lightly press the edges of the flower outward slightly, to give it more shape.
- Repeat with yellow and pink fondant.
BRINGING THE FLOWER SAUCER CUPCAKE TOPPER TOGETHER
Once you have three flowers of different colors, dampen the smooth end of each flower and place it on the now dry saucer with light pressure. Set aside.
Dampen the center of a doily with water (see how to make the pink doily here) and place the saucer with flowers on top of the center of the doily. Press lightly to ensure the saucer sticks to the doily.
Voila! You’ve now created a beautiful Flower Saucer Cupcake Topper to make somebody’s day very special.
Comment below to let me know how your Flower Saucer Cupcake Topper turned out. I would love to see a pic too!