The Future?s in Their Hands! Cupcakes Zoom

The Future?s in Their Hands! Cupcakes

This confident graduate is ready to stand on her own two feet and celebrate. Make cupcakes in Silly-Feet! Silicone Baking Cups and pipe a buttercream icing mound for head. Make mortarboard, hands and tassel with tinted fondant. Two thumbs up for a super accomplishment!
Makes: Each cupcake serves 1.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

In advance: Make arms, mortarboard and diploma. For each arm, cut a cookie stick to 3 in. Tint portions of fondant orange and roll out 1/16 in. thick. Wrap fondant around cookie sticks, leaving 3/4 in. exposed at each end; attach with damp brush. Reserve remaining fondant.

Step 2

For mortarboard, roll out reserved fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut top using largest square Cut-Out. For mortarboard base, cut a 3 1/2 x 1/8 in. fondant strip. Attach ends of strip with damp brush to form a circle. Attach base to top with damp brush. Let dry overnight.

Step 3

For hands, tint portions of fondant copper and brown; roll 3/4 in. balls of fondant and insert on one end of fondant-wrapped cookie sticks with damp brush. Slightly flatten fondant ball and cut fingers and thumb on each hand with knife.

Step 4

For diploma, roll out white fondant 1/16 in. thick; cut a 1 1/2 in. x 1 in. rectangle and roll up. Position diplomas in hands and wrap fingers around, securing with damp brush; let dry.

Step 5

Bake and cool cupcakes in silicone cups supported by cookie sheet.Cover cupcake tops with tip 1A icing mound. Smooth with spatula to create a rounded head.

Step 6

Pipe tip 2 dot noses and tip 3 dot cheeks (flatten and smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 7

Outline and pipe in tip 2 mouths. Pipe tip 3 curly hair. Pipe tip 2 dot pupils and tip 1 pull-out eyelashes.

Step 8

Attach mortarboard and insert arms in cupcakes.

Step 9

For tassel/cord, roll out yellow fondant 1/16 in. thick and cut a 1 x 1 1/2 in. rectangle. Cut small slits for fringe on 1 in. side and roll up.

Step 10

For cord, flatten end of tassel without fringe and trim to form a thin string; attach to mortarboard top with damp brush.

Step 11

For top button, roll a small fondant ball and attach with damp brush.

*Combine Brown with Red-Red for brown shown.

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Expected ship date: 12/05/15


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Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

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