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Breaking Bad Cupcake Toppers

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I had so much fun with these!
First, I should explain a little bit about Breaking Bad, just in case you’re unfamiliar with the show. The main character is a high school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, begins cooking and dealing meth. His meth is extremely pure, and because of his cooking method, comes out blue.

I made this cupcake for my dad’s birthday. His name is Mark, which is why I used those letters. “Ar” and “K” are actual elements on the periodic table, and I used the correct numbers on my fondant toppers. There is no “M”, so I put a “57” above the M and “10.27” underneath it (he turned 57 on Oct 27.)

To make the letters, I rolled out green fondant to 1/8″ thick (purple bands on Wilton roller.) I cut them into 1″ x 1″ squares. I let them dry (at least overnight, I waited three days) before doing the writing with white royal icing. Here’s a link to the periodic table if you want to use real elements.

To represent the blue meth, I tried to make blue rock candy, but it didn’t form in time. I would recommend you begin this process at least a week before you need the cupcakes, though mine took 2 weeks before anything happened.

So my plan b was to tint piping gel blue and mix it with a tiny bit of white royal icing. Mine melted a little, so I would recommend adding more royal icing.

Put the piping gel on top of the icing on the cupcake (I used blue buttercream but you can use whatever you want). Place the letters on top, and easy peasy lemon squeezy, you’re done!

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Sports Cupcake Topper

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This is another quick one. It requires white, brown, orange and green fondant. You can buy the colors ready made or dye them using Wilton colors.
You also need royal icing in white and red, and either black royal icing or a black edible marker. (I used the marker for this one.)
Royal icing is easy to make from scratch. Wilton also makes a mix that just needs water.

To make the grass, use green fondant rolled 1/16″ (Wilton roller with pink bands). Take a Wilton cake decorator tip in a star shape (like #14) and drag it over the fondant.

To make the baseball, roll a piece of white fondant in the size you want the baseball to be. Mine was about the size of a nickel. When the fondant has dried a little (overnight is ideal), draw the stripes with red royal icing. Don’t go all the way around, or it will sit unevenly. The lines should be straight but come closer together in the middle. Glue the baseball to the green fondant with gum glue adhesive or royal icing.

The basketball should be about twice the size of the baseball. Roll the orange fondant into a ball. You can texture it using a Wilton texturing mat, or a piece of cross stitch fabric (plastic is best, but fabric can work if that’s all you have.) This is the difficult part, because you need the fondant to be dry enough that it will stay in the ball shape but not too dry. You also need the right amount of pressure. If you don’t press the cross stitch hard enough, the pattern won’t show up on the fondant, but if you press too hard, the fondant will lose the ball shape. This will take some practice and probably several tries to get it right.

Draw the lines on with the edible marker or the black royal icing. One line should go straight down the middle. Another should be perpendicular, making an “x” across the middle of the ball. The other two lines should be evenly spaced on either side of the middle line. If you are using the marker, you can go all the way around. If using Royal icing, stop before you get to the bottom. Attach the basketball to the green fondant the same way you did the baseball.

Use about the same amount of brown fondant for the football as the basketball. Roll it into an egg shape. You can texture it the same way you did the basketball, or leave it smooth. Using white royal icing, draw two lines across near the “top” and “bottom” of the egg. In the middle draw one line with several crosshatches across it to make the recognizable football stitches. Attach this to the green fondant also and you have your sports topper!

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Fondant Mustache Cupcake Toppers

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This topper is fairly easy. The hardest part is getting the coloring right.

You will want to start with a ball of fondant about the size of a golf ball. Work this until it’s easily malleable, like taffy. Split it into two balls, one slightly larger than the other.

Using Wilton’s* Copper food coloring, dye the larger ball until it is slightly darker than the skin tone you want (fondant fades as it dries.)

Using the Wilton small rolling pin with the purple bands, roll the copper fondant until it is 1/8″ thick. Cut a circle using a round cookie cutter (any size will do, though I’d recommend one large enough to cover a cupcake.) Place this under a piece of plastic wrap. You don’t want it to dry too much.

Dye the other ball of fondant black. This will take some time. Don’t worry about staining your hands. If you’re using Wilton coloring, it will come out after several washes.

Roll this out using the roller with pink bands, until it is 1/16″ thick. Using half a crescent shaped cookie cutter, cut the two pieces to form the mustache. Using your finger or a modeling tool, curl the edges of the mustache up slightly (you can do more if you’re making a handlebar mustache, or curl down for a walrus mustache.)

I cut the shapes for the hair manually, but I am sure it would be easier to use a cookie cutter. I’ll be experimenting with some a bit. Let me know if you come up with anything!

Roll a small piece of the black fondant into a very thin rope. Cut them the length you want for your eyes. Mine wrapped around the tip of my index finger, but I have small fingers. You’ll want to experiment until you find the size you want.

Using gum glue adhesive**, attach the hair, eyes and mustache to the “face”. Let dry for several hours to overnight before putting on a cupcake or cake. It will last a very long time, but after about a week, it gets very hard and somewhat difficult to eat.

And that’s it! Wasn’t that easy?

*I use Wilton products because that’s what I’m familiar with. You can use any brand you like, but some tools may be different. If I use something from a different brand, I’ll be sure to let you know.

**Gum glue adhesive is insanely easy to make. Break a pea-size amount of gum paste into tiny pieces and dissolve in 2 tablespoons of water. When applying adhesive, use a small paint brush and brush a very small amount onto surface.

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Cake decorating

I just want to share what I made in my second cake decorating class.

It’s a regular yellow cake (Betty Crocker) and homemade buttercream frosting.

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Wilton Cake Decorating

My mom signed me up for the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating class as a birthday present, and I had the first class last night.

There are only two students in the class (including me) so we got a lot of one on one time with the instructor.

She went over the basics, like how to tort and frost a cake – I’ve torted, but I haven’t done the frosting method she used; mainly because I didn’t have the right equipment (I do now!)

Then she told us about all the different toys Wilton makes for cake decorating. There are some awesome things. I’ll write about them as I use them.

We shared some recipe and decoration ideas (that wasn’t in the class schedule, but I now have some great things to try out) and then we got to practice with the pastry bags and decorating tips.

This is what I ended up with at the end of the night:

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