With National Book Lovers Day coming up on August 9th, just in time as teachers and kids are preparing to go back to school, why not celebrate in the most delicious way possible?!
Whether you are a devoted book lover or are gearing up for school, exercise both your mind and taste palate with these sweet book cupcakes!
- White, red, blue, yellow and green fondant
- Water/edible glue and brush
- Fondant rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings
- 1/4" wooden dowels
- 2 1/4" scalloped circle cutter
- Rolling pastry cutter
- Large square cutter
- Knife tool
- Precision knife
- Impression mat
- Edible markers
- Vegetable shortening
Roll out white fondant thick with the rolling pin and 1/4" wooden dowels as guides.
Utilize the rolling pastry cutter to cut vertical strips in varying widths.
Utilize one side of the large square cutter to cut horizontal lines in each of the white fondant strips to create the inside pages of the books.
Note: You can continue to use the rolling pastry cutter to trim the books (instead of the square cutter), but I personally like to use a straight edge cutter to avoid pulling the fondant to maintain its desired shape. You can also utilize different shaped cutters or a small spatula.
Use the knife tool to make three indentations on three sides of the rectangular white fondant pieces to create marks for the book pages.
Roll out colored fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings.
With the rolling pastry cutter, cut vertical strips in varying widths just a tad bit wider than the ones you cut for the book pages.
Wrap the coordinating colored fondant around one of the book pages (making sure the indentations are facing outward) and utilize a side of the large square cutter to trim the book cover to size.
Utilize the knife tool to make a couple of vertical indentations on the spine of the book.
Glue the book cover in place. Repeat these steps to cover additional fondant books with the same color, as well as additional colors.
Roll out colored fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings (in your desired color).
With the rolling pastry cutter, trim the colored fondant into a rectangular shape (approximately 2" long).
Utilize your fingers to shape the fondant rectangle by pinching the four corners a bit and with the knife tool, indenting the center of both the top and the bottom to form the book cover.
Roll out white fondant thicker than the cover with the rolling pin and with the rolling pastry cutter, cut out a rectangle a bit smaller than the colored book cover to create the inside pages.
Shape the white fondant with your fingers to resemble the shape of the cover, ensuring it remains a bit smaller by fitting it over the book cover. Make similar indentations in the top and bottom center with the knife cutter. Use your fingers to press down on the fondant around the perimeter of the pages to allow them to "lay" properly. Glue the white fondant in place.
Roll out fondant in a different color with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Use the rolling pastry cutter to trim a strip for the bookmark.
With the precision knife, trim the bookmark to the desired size into an upside down "v" at the bottom.
Shape the bookmark over the center of the book, originating from the top spine of the book and glue it in place.
Roll fondant in your desired color with the rolling pin a bit thicker than 1/8". Spread a bit of shortening over your fondant, then place the impression mat over it. Utilize the rolling pin to impress your desired pattern on the fondant.
Cut out a circle of the patterned fondant with the 1/4" scalloped circle cutter.
If desired, allow the fondant pieces to dry overnight, then utilize edible markers to write on the spines of the books or on the pages of the open book!
You can also add actual book cover artwork to your fondant books with the use of an edible printer sheet! If you don't have an edible printer, you can purchase icing images and have them printed with your favorite books!
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