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5 Reasons to Get Amazon Prime for $72 Today Only!

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Are you guys (gals?) Amazon Prime Members?  If not, I wanted to tell you about this amazing deal!  Tomorrow ONLY (January 24, 2015), you can get an Amazon Prime Membership for only $72 (regular $99).    That’s cheaper than I’ve ever paid for it (and I’ve been a paying member for years).

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How to Make Carousel Cupcake Toppers

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How to make Carousel Cupcake Toppers

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for How to Make Carousel Cupcake Toppers. This tutorial has lots (and I mean lots) of pictures so I’m hoping it’ll make it super easy for you to make these!

I used to tell people that I much preferred cake decorating over cupcake decorating because of all the tiny details that have to be repeated over and over again, but today I’m going to admit to you that I don’t mind it so much anymore.  I actually love doing it most days!

There’s something a little bit therapeutic about sitting down and replicating tiny details and being able to have little variations in the design without panicking!

Besides, when doing something so repetitive, I don’t have to be super focused so I can usually catch up on episodes of Flashpoint (I didn’t watch it while it was on TV so I’m watching on Amazon Prime) or watch a Craftsy class while I’m working…  it’s always nice to multi-task!  ;)

Anyway, these toppers were made to go along with a Mary Poppins Party – I’ll share more sweets from the party later, but my client found some similar toppers on Etsy and asked me to recreate them.

This tutorial is going to be a long one, so let’s get started!  Here’s what you’ll need:

*Obviously you can change the colors, but for the sake of explaining my steps, I’m going to stick with the colors listed.

Step 1:  Roll out your blue fondant very thin.  Because these toppers will have multiple layers, I did the top layer very thin (maybe 1-2mm).  Using your Mini Horse Cutter to cut out however many horses you’ll need.

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Step 2:  Use your Xacto knife to make a tiny slit to separate the tail from the body of the horse.  This step is probably not absolutely necessary, but since I did it, I figured I’d share.

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Step 3:  Roll out purple fondant (again, very thin) and use a small oval cutter to cut out the saddles.  Use your Xacto knife again (or a pastry wheel) to cut them in half and attach them to the horse with a dot of water or sugar glue.

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Step 4:  Using an even smaller oval cutter, make an impression on the saddle to give it texture.    Then use a #1 round tip to add little rivets to the saddle.

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Step 5:  Use an extruder with a multi-hole disc on the end plus black fondant to make the mane and tail for the horse.  I squeezed it out of the extruder, then separated 3-4 strands and twisted them to get the look I wanted.

How to Make the Horses Mane and Tail

Step 6:  I made lots of them at once, then attached both the mane & tale with sugar glue.

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Step 7:  Roll out pink fondant and cut out 1.75″ circles to lay the horses on.  Please note:  not all mini horse cutters are made the same, so you may need a slightly larger or smaller round cutter to get your horse to fit perfectly on it.

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Again, use a tiny drop of water or sugar glue to attach the horse to the circle.

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Step 8:  Roll out white fondant and use a 2″ flower cutter to make the “base” for the cupcake toppers.  I made this layer a little thicker since it was going to hold everything else.

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Step 9:  Layer the flower underneath the bottom of the horses on pink fondant.  Use sugar glue to attach.

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Step 9:  Use a black food marker to make the eyes on the horse.  You could also do this with black gel coloring and a toothpick if you don’t have the markers.

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Step 10:  Using a small flat brush and some black gel coloring, paint the bottom of the feet for the hooves.  You could also use your marker for this but I found myself tearing/stretching the feet a bit when trying to color in the feet so the painting was easier!

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Step 11:  Using the extruder again and a larger single hole disc, make a long skinny rope to be used for the bridle on the horse.  Cut it into tiny pieces and use sugar glue to attach to the horse’s face.

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Step 11:  Using the extruder again with the larger single hole disc, roll out red and white strings of fondant.  Twist them together to make the pole for the carousel.

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Step 12:  Cut them into small sections and attach to the top and bottom of the horse with sugar glue.

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Step 13:  White the red & white fondant is still soft, add a dot of sugar glue to the top and press a Silver Sixlet onto it.

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Step 14:  A couple of things I didn’t take pictures of that you can do or not do… I used a paint brush and lightly brushed water over the tail and mane to make them shine.  You don’t have to do this, but if you choose to, be careful that your brush is barely damp.  You don’t want to really “wet” the toppers – just add a tiny amount to make them glisten.

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Also, the next morning before I placed these on the cupcakes, I added tiny drops of silver to the rivets on the saddle (as you can see in the above picture).  This was a tedious process.  I used a toothpick plus some silver luster dust mixed with vodka to a pasty consistency.  I really didn’t just love the way it turned out, so maybe I’ll skip that step next time or figure out a better way to do it!

Step 15:  Let these dry for several hours or overnight.  I actually made them about 3 days in advance because I had so much to do that week and I let them continue to dry on a cookie sheet, loosely covered, out of direct light.  And they were perfect :)

Carousel Cupcake Toppers

So, that’s all!  Do you have any questions about these Carousel Cupcake Toppers?  Leave me a comment and I’ll answer if I can!

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How to Make Carousel Cupcake Toppers at RoseBakes.com

Orange & Turquoise Damask Baby Shower Cake

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Orange Damask and Turquoise Sheet Cake

This little sheet cake was made for a baby shower for my sweet sister-in-law Amy!   She’s a teacher and her fellow teachers were giving her a shower at the school!

The cake was done last January – a few months before she had Caroline Lily-Belle, but she was already decorating her nursery with orange and turquoise.  In fact, the damask pattern on this cake almost perfectly matched the curtains hanging in Caroline’s room.

Caroline Lilly-Belle Fall Fest

I took this picture of Caroline at our church Fall Festival a few months ago … she’s a doll right?

Anyway – I didn’t get lots of pictures of the cake… if I remember right, I was rushing out the door that day to get it to the school on time, but I’ll tell you what I can about it.

It was a 9×13 sheet cake – and the flavor was strawberry – Amy’s favorite!  It was covered with cream cheese buttercream, then decorated with homemade marshmallow fondant.

Damask Baby Shower Sheet Cake

For the pattern on top, I used a Marvelous Mold Damask Onlay.  I still haven’t mastered using the onlays (I also used it on this Tiffany Blue & Black Damask Baby Shower Cake), but man on man, if you can pull it off, the pattern is so beautiful and the mold saves about a zillion hours of work!

For the “Welcome Baby”, I used my favorite Funky Alphabet Tappit Letters (of course) and you can see how to use Tappit Cutters in my tutorial here.

Tiny Fondant Bow

I used my FMM Ribbon cutter to cut cut the ribbon for the top, then this super-fantastic JEM bow cutter for the tiny cute bow!  When I discovered those bow cutters I quickly became totally addicted to them!  I bought all the sizes!! haha!  I used a little dot of sugar glue to hold it together.

To pipe the borders, I used the Ateco 825 tip from this Large Tube Set.  OH – and to color the fondant I used Americolor Electric Blue and Americolor Orange Gel Colors.  They’re my fave!

So, that’s all!  Do you have any questions about this Bull Riding Cowboy Cake?  Leave me a comment and I’ll answer if I can!

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Orange & Turquoise Damask Baby Shower Cake at Rose Bakes