These Easy Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers with a Surprising "Stem" are so easy to make. You can make the pumpkin with fondant or modeling chocolate and the stem is the fun addition of a fragrant whole clove. It's perfection!
October is just flying by and it makes me so sad. This is by far my most favorite season and I just want time to slow down a bit. This week will be super busy again, but there's a break in my future.
We're about to take a short 4-day Fall vacation to the Ozark Mountains and Silver Dollar City. We're super excited about the down time and getting away from the "real life" for a few days.
Plus - seeing the Ozarks in the Fall - it's going to be amazing I'm sure! Colorful leaves, the smell of wood-burning fires, warm drinks and pumpkins everywhere. I can.not.wait.
But before I go... let's talk about pumpkins. Easy Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers to be exact. And I have a fun little surprise for the stems. Whole Cloves!! Here's a short video and then keep scrolling for the picture picturorial below:
This is not my original idea.... I'm pretty sure the first time I saw it was when Rudy from Man Bakes Cake shared the idea a few years ago. By the way - if you ever get a chance to meet him in person, do! He's a gem!!
Back to the pumpkins... since seeing Rudy do them, I've seen the idea in other places too so I'm not sure where it originated.
But still - it's not a widely promoted idea as far as I can tell - so I wanted to share with YOU, just in case you haven't seen it yet.
Here's what you'll need:
- Orange Fondant or Orange Modeling Chocolate (I made homemade marshmallow fondant and colored it with orange gel coloring)
- Whole Cloves
- Dull knife or sculpting tool
- Veiner /Sculpting tool (see in pics below)
Alrighty... first up tear off a piece of fondant however large you want the pumpkin to be. A large gumball seamed to be a good size for me.
I used the back side of a small paring knife to make the lines in the pumpkin. You could also use a butter knife or a sculpting tool.
I preferred the not-so-sharp surface but probably any knife would do.
Keep rotating until you have lines all t he way around from top-to-bottom (go back up to the video if I'm not being clear).
Next up take a whole clove and just pop it on top with the fat end down and you're done!
I reshaped these pumpkins to make them more round, but you could also do taller ones - whatever shape you like best!
And that's it! These little pumpkins can be used immediately! I used them on cupcakes and on a cake - perfection:
Easy Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers with Whole Clove Stem
Here's the little Pumpkin Patch Scarecrow Cake that I also added some pumpkins: