Bring Your Cupcakes Alive With Summer Insect Cake Toppers
Cupcakes are made for summer. Whip up a batch and take them out for a picnic, sell them at your local summer fete or just enjoy on Sunday while lounging in the garden with a good book. Add a little insect ready to roll icing cake topper and they can really look the part.
Try these three simple toppers, all of which can be made easily with some ready to roll icing.
Bee Cupcake Topper
The gentle buzzing of bees as they float from flower to flower is one of summertime’s most iconic images. Bring it to your cupcakes with this cute, chunky bee.
- Knead some yellow ready to roll icing until it is pliable.
- Pinch off a small portion and roll it into a ball, before shaping into an oval about an inch or so long.
- Dust your work surface with icing sugar and knead and roll out some black ready to roll icing. With a sharp knife cut some thin strips to make the stripes on your bee.
- Brush some cooled, boiled water onto one side of the black icing strips. Press them into place across the bee’s body.
- Roll out some white ready to roll icing and then cut out two small wings. Stick them into place using the same method as above.
- Two tiny balls of black icing can serve as eyes, and you can mark a smile on the bee to add a bit of extra character.
Caterpillar Cupcake Topper
Everyone knows the story of the very hungry caterpillar, but fortunately this ready to roll icing one won’t be munching his way through your cakes. This is super easy to make, a great one to let kids try.
- Knead some green ready to roll icing until it is soft an pliable.
- Pinch of a piece and roll into a ball about half an inch across.
- Repeat this five more times but make each ball slightly smaller than the rest.
- Press the balls if ready to roll icing into the frosting of your cupcake arranging them into a caterpillar formation.
- Add two tiny dots of black icing for eye.
We’ve done a caterpillar so why not a butterfly? These really couldn’t be any easier.
- Dust your work surface with icing sugar.
- Knead and roll out some white ready to roll icing to a depth of about 3mm.
- Press out the butterflies using a special butterfly shaped cutter.
- Use a sharp knife to gently etch in the outline of a pattern on the wings.
- Place each butterfly gently into an empty egg carton. This will bend the wings up slightly. Leave them to harden so they appear to be flying.
- Give the butterflies a light dusting of edible silver dust before fixing to the cupcake.
Discover how to use ready to roll icing by using one of these simple cupcake topper tutorials andturn a cupcake into something beautiful. So, next time you’re whipping up a batch of cupcakes try one of these simple insect models.