The Mallory Project

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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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Etsy Shop

For those of you who like the look of my cupcakes and want to try them, visit my Etsy shop, where you can custom order cupcakes!

I also sell crocheted and knitted crafts, and every week (sometimes every other week) I’ll offer up something new!

Most of my handmade crafts are available as custom orders, and some are premade. All the cupcakes and cookies are custom orders.

Premade goods can be sent within two business days, custom orders are generally sent within 5 business days.

Ten percent of all my proceeds will go to the American Heart Association, in honor of my mom, who has heart failure (though she’s getting a little better every day!)

Thanks! (And tell your friends!)

 

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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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Chocolate Cupcakes

Two of my coworkers are leaving today, so I made goodbye cupcakes. Regular chocolate with a chocolate frosting (almost a ganache, except I used milk instead of heavy cream.)

I also decorated them. The “regular” ones just had pearl sprinkles and gold edible spray paint (so cool!) My leaving coworkers got special decorations.

PPB (using initials to protect their privacy) loves Hawaiian food, especially spam musubi. Here’s his cupcake:

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AEL loves zombies. Here’s her cupcake:

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PPB said I was a “rad baker”. And another coworker asked why I don’t have my own bakery yet. 🙂

Here are the “regular” ones:

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