Our Cupcake Parade is sure to draw a crowd for Mardi Gras! Displayed on the Cupcakes ´N More® Dessert Stand, each treat features the dazzling colors of the day, topped by costumed candy revelers. Complete the scene with traditional beads, masks and noisemakers.
In advance: Make candy faces. Tint portions of melted candy skin tone using orange color from Primary Set and black using black from Garden Set. Mold faces without sticks, filling cavities 1/2 full. Refrigerate until firm. Also: Make fondant hats and masks. Tint 6 oz. fondant each in violet, green, rose and yellow. Add 1 teaspoon Gum-Tex to each fondant color. For hats, roll 3 cone shapes, 1 3/4 x 1/2 in. wide, tapering to a point. Flatten slightly. Attach to heads with melted candy. Using toothpick, score lines across hats to resemble fabric; bend down points. Roll 3/8 in. fondant balls and attach to points with melted candy. Using melted black candy in cut parchment bag, pipe eyes and mouth; let set. For masks, cut 1 1/4 in. diameter fondant circles; cut each in half. Using paring knife, cut curve on straight bottom and 2 small eyeholes. Attach to faces with melted candy. Cut feathers using smallest leaf Cut-Out; trim off bottoms for side feathers. Score vein lines using toothpick. Bend feathers;
attach to faces with melted candy. For fringe, cut strips 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. wide; cut slits using scissors. Attach to faces with melted candy.
Decorate dessert stand by attaching bead garlands to bottom row with hot glue.
Bake cupcakes in Gold Foil Standard Baking Cups. Cool completely on Cooling Grid.
Prepare buttercream icing recipe. With portions yellow, green, violet and rose buttercream icing in bags fitted with Open Star Decorating Tip 1M, pipe a swirl on each cupcake top. Spray tops with Color Mist; sprinkle with matching color sugar.
Position faces on cupcakes. Position cupcakes on stand. For topper, cut craft block to a 2 in. diameter x 1 1/2 in. high circle. Wrap sides with ribbon. Attach masks and beads to cookie treat sticks with hot glue; insert in container. Attach beads to base and top of craft block with hot glue. Attach bows to masks with hot glue. Position topper on stand; secure with hot glue.