Today I’m going to share with you How to Make Easy Fall Leaf Cupcake Toppers that are easy and work beautifully as cupcake toppers! If you need a last minute, cute dessert for Thanksgiving, these will do the trick!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I can hardly believe it’s only a few days away! We’ve only had about 3 cool days here in Mississippi so it doesn’t even feel like Fall yet, much less “the holidays”. Oh well… we’re going to pretend the leaves are changing here and I’m going to show you how to make these easy fall leaf cupcake toppers!
First up – this is what you’ll need to make them:
- Fondant in fall colors; I used brown, orange, yellow and green
- A small rolling pin
- Shortening (I use this on my surface to prevent sticking)
- Mini Leaf Cutters
- Veiners (optional)
When you have everything together, let’s get started!
Step 1: To get the mixed colors for the look of leaves changing colors, you’ll need to tear off several chunk of fondant indifferent colors and press them all together randomly.
Don’t knead them – just gently press them into a big chunk like this:
Step 2: Rub down your work surface with shortening to make sure nothing sticks, then roll out the bunched up colors into a single smooth piece of multi-colored fondant.
Step 3: The colors don’t always mix together well the first time, so I tear pieces off the edges, layer them on top of the smooth fondant and roll again to get a good mix of colors.
Step 4: When you have a look you’re happy with, it’s time to cut out the leaves. I used three different small leaf cutters plus a mini acorn cutter.
Step 5: After cutting out the first set, you can pile up all the scraps and roll it out again. The leaves get really pretty this time around – the colors just seem to be melded together better. Note: do not knead the fondant scraps together or you’ll get a really ugly muddled color. Just pile them up and roll!
Now the colors are even more mixed in with each other together and it seems the second or third rolling really yields my favorite leaves!
Step 6: Cut out another round of leaves, then repeat that process over and over to get as many leaves as you need, or until the colors start to not look so nice ;). I think this is my third rolling below and my favorite!
You can also flip them over to see if you like one side better than the other:
Step 7: You could call it a day here and leave the leaves as they are, but I like to go one more step and add a little texture to my leaves. If you don’t want to add the texture, skip to step 8!
There are a few ways to do this including the Wilton Leaf Veiner set or individual veiners. I have a bin full of different leaf veiners/textures, so I found some that were similar in size to the leaves that I had cut and began pressing them onto the fondant leaves. Be sure to do this before they dry too much – if you let them dry, they’ll not take the impressions or they’ll crack.
I just lay the veiner on top and press to get a good impression.
Step 8: After you have them all textured, now it’s time to let them dry. I like to set them on a plate with a “lip” or raised edge so that some of them are curved and have shape and movement. You can see I have some on the curved areas of the plate, some flat, and some even hanging over the edges.
If you don’t care about the curves and movement of the leaves, you can use them immediately! They may sag a little on the cupcakes but they’ll still work for ya!
Step 9: Let them dry at least overnight (up to a few days if you want), then they’re ready to go! If you want to make these way ahead of time, you can… just let them dry in a cool, dry, dark place. You can store them in an airtight container, but do not refrigerate. They’ll keep for weeks!
I specifically named these cucpake toppers, but you could also use these on a fall themed cake and they’d be perfect! When ready to use, simply stick them on your cake or cupcakes with a tiny dot of fresh buttercream or water.
This time around I placed them on mini chocolate cupcakes:
And that’s it! You can really add some “pretty” to cupcakes with very little effort! If you have any questions about How to Make Easy Fall Leaf Cupcake Toppers, leave me a comment!