July 4th Cupcake Toppers

Happy Tuesday.

My mom is visiting this week, which means we finally have a babysitter. It has been about 6 months since my husband and I have gone on a date. We are excited. So far, we are planning to go eat dinner, see a movie and hopefully catch a show.

I made chocolate chip cookie dough chocolate cupcakes to celebrate the 4th of July. The cupcakes are absolutely delicious. I will post the recipes and more pictures soon.

These star cupcake toppers are quick and easy to make… just the way I like it.

4th July Cupcakes A

You can use homemade fondant or pre-made colored fondant to make your star toppers. I used homemade white and blue (Americolor Royal Blue) fondant and the red fondant was purchased at Michael’s. I’ve also seen it at Wal-mart. I almost always purchase pre-made red and black fondant instead of trying to get the color right. I also mixed in a small amount of tylose into the fondant to help speed up the drying time and make it stronger.

4th July Cupcakes B

I rolled out the fondant (a little under 1/4" in thickness) and used my star cutters to cut out the different size stars. I allowed the stars to dry for about 8 hours on a sheet pan with a small amount of corn starch to keep the stars from sticking. It’s probably a good idea to give the stars at least 24 hours to dry. My white stars weren’t completely dried when I decorated the cupcakes.

If you only have a couple of hours to let your stars dry, you might want to knead in more tylose into your fondant to make gum paste or of course use gum paste. It also helps to put the stars in front of a fan to speed up drying time.

4th July Cupcakes C

I pushed the stars into the frosting… and that’s it. Quick and easy cupcake toppers.

I hope you all have a great 4th of July.

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