It’s been forever since I made these sweet little Crab Cupcakes and when I got ready to share them with you, I knew I’d want to share a fun little tutorial: How to Make Cute Crab Cupcake Toppers.
These fondant crabs are so easy to make and are perfect for a crab-themed party or nautical theme. I actually made these for a first birthday party and
Here’s what you’re gonna need to make these cuties:
- Red fondant – I use Satin Ice
- Crab chocolate/candy mold
- corn starch
- small ball tool
- piping gel
- small paint brush
- black sugar pearls
- shortening (not pictured)
Now… let’s make them!
How to Make Cute Crab Cupcake Toppers
Start by dusting your mold with corn starch. I keep corn starch in a shaker and use it all the time for cake projects!
Pinch off a small piece of fondant and knead it until smooth.
Press the fondant into the mold, then trim off the excess so it’s smooth with the mold:
Now pop the mold into the freezer for 3-5 minutes.
Then flip the mold over and tap it – the little crabs should pop right out. If not, you could use one of your modeling tools to “help” it out.
Use a tiny bit of shortening on a paper towel and rub it all over the crabs to remove any visible corn starch residue.
Use a tiny ball tool (or even the handle end of a small paint brush) to make small holes for the eyes. *Make sure you do it on the “front” of the crab… we won’t talk about how many I made backwards before realizing it. OoO
Use a tiny paintbrush (mine is stained green) to add a tiny dot of piping gel to each eye hole. You could also use homemade sugar glue here if you like.
Last step… press a black sugar pearl into each eye. And that’s it – you’re done! You can use them immediately or store them in an airtight container for use later (out of direct light).
I made a whole bunch of them a few days before my order, put them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet with a lid, then stored them on a shelf out of direct light until ready to use!
And that’s that – see how easy they are?! Do you have any questions? Leave me a comment! Check out these related cakes/posts: