What You Need (for the decorations):
1 box Wilton Neon Fondant
1 package Wilton Gum Paste (optional)
Large Round Cutter
Small Round Cutter (or any icing tip)
Large & Small Rose or Blossom Cutter
Shortening (for greasing surface)
Parchment or Waxed Paper, or Roll & Cut Mat
Tapered Spatula or small knife
Mixing the fondant with the gum paste is optional. The reason I chose to do it is that it will help the decorations dry harder so that they will keep their shape (i.e. the surfboards won't bend).
I blended the fondant and gum paste so that it was half-fondant and half-gum paste. To do about 2 dozen cupcakes, you will only need about half of each of the colored fondant packages.
To Make the Fondant Flip Flops:
To Make the Fondant Hibiscus Flowers:
These are very simple Hibiscus flowers. They're not going to win any "realistic-looking" awards, but again, these are designed to be easy to do without a ton of supplies. And I think they're cute, which is just as important as beautiful anyway.
Let this dry for a few hours. It will need to be hard so that when you put it in the flower it doesn't fall over.
(Apparently, I neglected to take a photo of that step. Sorry.)
When the stamen has hardened, brush the fat end with clear vanilla using a food-safe paintbrush.
Now, I did have a hard time getting the sprinkles to stay on when I went to place the stamens into the flowers. A few ideas I had to make that work better:
if I'd dipped them before they dried, and was able to kind of press the sprinkles into the fondant?
if I used tweezers to hold the stamen below the sprinkles to get them into the flower?
if I found a small enough container to "dip" the stamens while already in the flower?
(If you try any of these and find that it works better, please let me know!!)
If you wanted to make them fancier, you could brush some color dust on the insides of the petals. You could also make the petals thinner (roll it thinner) and use a "veining mat" to add some veins to the petals.
To Make the Fondant Surf Boards:
To Make the Fondant Leis:
Food Writer Marker.
Wednesday I will share a recipe for some cupcakes and icing that compliment the tropical theme perfectly. Coconut-flavored cupcakes with Pineapple Buttercream icing.
Click the Links to See:
Fondant 101 - the "rules," tips and tricks for working with fondant
Beach Ball Cupcakes
Other Cupcake Ideas
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