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:
- Blue, Purple, Red, Pink, White, and Black Fondant (I use homemade marshmallow fondant and Satin Ice)*
- Mini Rolling Pin
- Mini Horse Cutter
- Mini Oval Cutters (2 different sizes) and/or these mini oval cutters
- Xacto Knife
- Pastry Wheel
- Sugar Glue (my easy recipe)
- Small round frosting tip (I used a #1 round tip)
- 1.75″ round cutter
- 2″ flower cutter
- Black food marker
- Black gel coloring
- Small paint brush
- Silver Sixlets
- Extruder (see why I love this tool here!!)
- Silver Luster Dust, Vodka & Toothpicks (optional, see step 14)
*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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 6: I made lots of them at once, then attached both the mane & tale with sugar glue.
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.
Again, use a tiny drop of water or sugar glue to attach the horse to the circle.
Step 9: Layer the flower underneath the bottom of the horses on pink fondant. Use sugar glue to attach.
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!
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.
Step 12: Cut them into small sections and attach to the top and bottom of the horse with sugar glue.
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.
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 🙂
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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