I recently rolled out some colorful fondant cupcakes for my little one’s first birthday bash. Swirled fondant sounds involved, but it’s actually easier than piping on traditional frosting (It also helps that I take a little short cut using store-bought cupcakes)! Check it out for the ‘how to’…
• One package pre-made fondant (I’ve used Wilton)
• Food coloring
• Powdered sugar
• Store bought cupcakes (scrape the frosting off, leaving a bit so the fondant sticks)
• Latex gloves and Ziploc bags (optional)
• Drinking glass or biscuit cutter
Step 1 | Cut a piece of the store bought fondant and add several drops of food coloring. I like to wear latex gloves to keep my hands stain-free.
Step 2 | After you’ve kneaded the fondant to create the perfect hue, transfer it to a plastic baggie or wrap it in plastic wrap. This will keep the fondant from drying out. Repeat the color kneading process to create a second color.
Step 3 | Create three fondant rolls about 6 to 10 inches long. Roll them on a flat surface until they’re somewhat smooth. Group the rolls into a single large roll, pushing the colors together slightly. Once you’ve created a single bundle, Loosely roll the larger piece. (Tip: The best marbling effect will have a little more white than the other two colors).
Step 4 | This is where the marbling magic happens! Gently twist you single roll 2-3 times. After you’ve twisted the roll, grab both ends and push it into an “S” shape. You can repeat this process to create more ribbons of color. Simply roll it into another log, twist and make the “S” shape. (Tip: If you repeat this too many times, the colors will over-blend and lose color definition)
Step 5 | Once you have your ideal swirl pattern, Dust a surface lightly with powdered sugar and roll out the “S” shaped piece of fondant using a rolling pin. The fondant should be about 1/4 thick.
Using a drinking glass or a biscuit cutter, cut small pieces of the fondant.
Step 6 | Once you’ve cut all of the pieces, Simply press them onto the tops of your store bought cupcakes. Gently press the edges of the fondant circle to form the piece to the edge of the cupcake wrapper. That’s it!
I made blue and pink versions for the birthday party…