I was commissioned to bake two dozen mini cupcakes this weekend for a baby shower, and rather than the standard piped frosting, I decided to get a little creative with the cupcake embellishments.
I've never used fondant before, so naturally, I decided to forgo buying ready-made fondant and tried to make my own instead. I found a rather interesting recipe online that uses jello powder, but it didn't quite work out. I played around with the ingredients, and finally found a combination that formed something pliable. I'll post the adapted recipe sometime in the future when I have a chance to experiment again.
I decided to use the fondant to make little rubber ducks on a bed of piped blue Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Vanilla cupcakes.
Here are my ducks on the lookout:
Here are my ducks forming an army:
And here's their final resting place:
My last duckie didn't have a cupcake to sit on:
Vanilla Cupcake recipe from Joy of Baking.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe from Martha Stewart.