Pour your heart out this Valentine's Day, but let a quintessential holiday treat — conversation hearts and an adorable Kawaii character — do all the talking. Whether you bring 'em to a Galentine's Day party or gift 'em to your special someone, these delicious sweets are sure to make everyone swoon.
Fondant Conversation Heart Cupcake Topper
What You Need
- White, black, pastel pink, yellow, orange, green and purple fondant ( buy it or make your own )
- Fondant rolling pin
- ⅛" and 1/16" guide rings
- Two ¼" dowel rods
- Medium heart cutter
- Red and black edible markers
- Powdered sugar
- #3 and #10 round decorating tips
- Edible glue
- Pink luster dust
- Food-safe brushes
- White gel paste
- Small bow mold
- Alphabet cookie stamps (optional)
1. Make the Fondant Hearts
Start by coloring fondant the traditional pastel colors of classic conversation hearts: pink, yellow, orange, green and purple. (Of course, you can always change it to any color you like.)
Using the dowels as guides, roll out one color of fondant so it resembles the thickness of a conversation heart candy. (The dowels will help make sure each heart will remain uniform.)
Use the medium heart cutter to punch out heart shapes. Smooth out the sides to remove any stray pieces of fondant left from the cutter.
Repeat with the remaining colors and allow them to dry overnight.
2. Write Witty Phrases
Once the fondant hearts have dried, you're ready to write your messages! With a red edible marker, carefully print your desired text onto the heart toppers. (You can also mix gel paste color with a clear alcohol like vodka and paint your words.) Don't press too hard, as the ink will soften the fondant and seep directly into it.
Feel free to use the traditional sayings, or get creative and modernize them. Or, if you're making Valentine's Day cupcakes for a party, you can leave them blank and allow guests to write their own phrases.
If you don't want to write text, another option is to use alphabet cookie stamps to press the letters directly into the fondant. Depending on the size of your stamps, you may need to make bigger hearts to fit your messages.
Give 'Em a Light Dusting
Once the ink has dried or the hearts have been stamped, use a brush to lightly dust powdered sugar over the toppers. It'll give them that classic chalky look.
Kawaii Heart Cupcake Topper
1. Make the Heart
Using the dowels as guides, roll out fondant in your desired color so it resembles the thickness of a conversation heart candy. Use the medium heart cutter to punch out a heart. Smooth out the sides to remove any stray pieces of fondant left from the cutter.
2. Form the Face
Roll out black fondant with the rolling pin and ⅛" guide rings. Punch out two circles with round decorating tip #10 for the eyes. Use edible glue to stick them to your fondant heart.
Use the same round decorating tip to make the mouth, but hold it at a 45-degree angle and gently press down to create a small indentation.
Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and 1/16" guide rings. Punch out two circles with decorating tip #3 for the pupils and glue them over the black fondant eyes.
3. Add the Details
Dip your toothpick into white soft gel paste and dab it next to the white pupils on the eyes.
Use a black edible marker to draw little eyelashes on the sides of the eyes.
Dip a clean brush into pink luster dust; tap the brush to remove any excess. Lightly brush pink shimmer dust onto the cheeks.
To dress up your Kawaii heart character, place different colored fondant into your bow mold . Allow it to take shape, then gently remove. Glue the bow to the heart and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Once it's set, go on and embellish your cupcakes with an array of these cute toppers!
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