Hello Crafty Friends,
August has come to wet end (we have experienced many late afternoon storms here along the Gulf Coast of Central Florida), and September is upon us. Labor Day weekend traditionally ends the summer season, although it is not officially over until 22 September. This past Labor Day weekend we were invited over to our neighbors for a cookout. (The rain even held off!) I knew I had to take something over, however was unsure of what I wanted to prepare. Then I realized I needed something for an upcoming blog post, so decided to make cupcake toppers. Now. considering the group of people we were going to be with, I knew fancy toppers would not mix well with them, I kept them fun and easy. Not to mention, many of the church friends of our delightful neighbors would only toss the toppers into the trash.
I spent one rainy afternoon stamping, coloring, and fussy cutting images from two stamps sets- Tropic-Cool and Beautiful Happiness. I used Black Licorice ink to stamp the images, and then alcohol markers to color them in. You can use whatever coloring medium you have.
To make the actual topper, I sandwiched a toothpick between two circles I punched out using the 1.5″ circle punch. I punched out the back circle out of Black Licorice cardstock, and the front circle from some retired Spring paper patterns. I placed a toothpick with a foam square holding it in place down onto a back circle, added some more foam squares, and then adding the top pattern paper to create the base for the image. I then added a fruit image to each one using more foam squares.
The cupcakes themselves were baked from a cake mix (I used a mix over doing my usual gluten free, almond/ coconut flour batter), divided into thirds. In each bowl of batter I added 1/4 cup of dry jell-o mix (Lime, Lemon, and Cherry) into it and mixed until blended. Scooped a bit of each color/ flavor into the tins (liners were used) and baked as directed on box. Once cool, I frosted with American Buttercream and added a topper to each.
The guests at the cookout loved the cupcakes and the toppers. 🙂
Until next time, happy crafting! Thanks for stopping in to check out my easy, peasy cupcake toppers.
Hugs and Blessings,
Journey Coach #99