Flush, Multi-Layer Cupcake Topper?

Baking By ajwonka Updated 20 Oct 2011 , 11:57pm by kmstreepey

ajwonka Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 8:35pm
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I need to make Captain America shield cupcakes


The ones I've seen on here are multi-layered: red fondant circle on bottom, white smaller circle on top of that, smaller still red circle on top of that, etc. I don't want the graduated heights, though. Is there a way to make it flush without driving myself crazy? I'm thinking, can I do the white star & red circles of fondant & pour inside of each with royal icing (blue & white, respectively)? I'm afraid if I try to patchwork it all together with fondant cut outs some won't line up right & I'll have gaps. Any advice is extremely appreciated!

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pmarks0 Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 8:43pm
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I'm thinking I'd probably try it patchwork first. Maybe if your fondant is a little thicker than you might normally roll out, you may have an easier time lifting out the cut outs and putting in the next cut out. Plus, for the graduating circles, I'd start with the largest first, and then cut out the inner circle, place a circle of the same size, then cut out the next smaller circle until I got to the one with the star, and then cut out the star and put in a star. It sounds quite labour intensive this way though . But I don't know if you'd have success filling in with royal.

Maybe someone else has an idea.

Price Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 8:48pm
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Yes with a little work you can make this flush.

For the outside red ring -- with a circle cutter that is the size you want your topper to be cut out a red ring then use the next size down circle cutter and cut out the center of the red circle. Using that same cutter (the 2nd one) cut out a white circle. Use the next size down circle cutter to cut the center out of the white circle and using that same cutter cut out the next red circle, again using the next size down cutter cut out the center of the red circle. Using that same cutter cut out a blue circle. Use a star cutter to to cut out the center of the blue circle and then using the same star cutter, but out a white star. You can piece them all together and using some crisco on your finger tips lightly rub you hands over the completed piece and that will help to lessen the seams from your cuts. Wow. I Sounds like a lot of work for such a little piece doesn't it? I think it will give you a nice effect though. I hope you can make sense of my instructions. Sometimes it's easier to think it in my head then it is to put it on paper!

Price Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 8:51pm
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Wow pmarks0, you just made that alot simpler than I did! LOL. I should have saved myself the typing!

pmarks0 Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 8:53pm
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LOL and here I was thinking you gave the more detailed info.

ajwonka Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 9:52pm
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Thanks for the instructions! They're for my special needs 4 year old's birthday - I'd spend 40 hours working on them just to see him smile, you know?!

To adhere the cutout to the cupcake, can I put it directly on a slightly warm cupcake so it'll stick? I'd rather not show any icing under the image.

Thanks again!

ajwonka Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 10:00pm
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Never mind on the "how to adhere" - I'm going to use this tutorial using your excellent instructions! I'll post how they turn out! Thanks again!

pmarks0 Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 10:06pm
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I know you said not to worry about how to adhere, but I'd probably put a small amount of buttercream and then the fondant shield. Everyone loves a little buttercream with their cupcake. icon_smile.gif

I'm sure they'' be great and your son will love them.

Price Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 11:21pm
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Once again I agree with pmarks0. Use some buttercream underneath to adhere. Kids love buttercream. Heck they usually eat the buttercream and leave the cake! Also, I would not put your toppers on warm cupcakes. Fondant does not like heat!

cakeyouverymuch Posted 19 Oct 2011 , 11:38pm
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I would start with a circle cut from VERY thinly rolled fondant (almost see through) in either the white or the red and then proceed as pmarks0 and price suggested using the using the circle as a backing to hold the whole thing together. That way, when you go to move it to the cupcake there is less chance it will separate at the joins.

ajwonka Posted 20 Oct 2011 , 11:35pm
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Great idea to have a "base" I build on! Then I can fluidly move it to the cupcake! You guys are great! Funny how I can do a wedding cake but, when it comes to those you love more than anything, you freeze up in the idea-department! Thanks again!

kmstreepey Posted 20 Oct 2011 , 11:57pm
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I just did a captain america shield and used graduated circle cutters and a star cutter for the middle. It wasn't hard at all and the pieces all went together without any problem.

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