Puppy Cupcake Toppers

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I crafted these cute puppy cupcake toppers for an animal welfare fundraiser. The results were so adorable people didn’t want to eat them!

I crafted these cute puppy cupcake toppers for an animal welfare fundraiser. The results were so adorable people didn’t want to eat them! While effective, the process is a bit fiddly and requires patience. You could give yourself a head start by assembling the fondant puppies and components ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container, then assemble everything on fresh baked cupcakes the day you need them.

PUPPY CUPCAKE TOPPERS

Makes: Enough to top 12 cupcakes       Difficulty: Fiddly

INGREDIENTS:

12 pre-made cupcakes in green patty cases
1 batch of Vanilla Frosting
Green liquid food colouring
Brown gel food colouring
Green edible glitter
12 red and 12 brown mini M&Ms
15cm Liquorice Strap
12 “lifesaver” lollies
Black confectioners pen
500g ready-to-roll white fondant

METHOD:

Cut any lumps or bumps from the tops of the cake so the surface is flat. Add a few drops of green food colouring to the vanilla frosting. Mix until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside.

Set aside a 2cm piece of white fondant. Tint the rest of the fondant brown with a little gel colouring. Knead the colour in until fully mixed. Cover the fondant with plastic wrap and set it aside.

Use a sharp knife to split the red and brown M&Ms in half.

Unroll the liquorice strap. Hand cut 12 U-shaped pairs of ears from the liquorice. Mine were approximately 4mm wide and 10mm long.

Assemble the puppy head. Roll a 2cm round ball of fondant for the head. Roll another 5mm ball for the nose. Press into the front of the head. Press a red M&M under the muzzle for the tongue and a brown M&M on the end of the muzzle for the nose. Press a liquorice ear onto each side of the head. Roll two tiny balls of white fondant for the eyes. Press onto the head. Use the confectioner’s pen to draw on the pupils.

Press the head onto the lifesaver candy, which acts like the dog collar.

Assemble the puppy body. Roll a 3cm long fat sausage.

Stick the head and collar to the body. Make two paws with 1cm balls of brown fondant pressed onto the bottom of the body. Use a sharp knife to score three lines in each for the paw.

Make a small bone. Roll a tiny piece of white fondant into a sausage. Roll 4 small tiny balls of white fondant and attach two to either end of the sausage. Make 12 bones.

Spread the tinted green frosting onto the top of the cupcake. Press the assembled puppy onto the frosting. Press a bone in front of it. Lightly sprinkle the grass with green glitter.

BAKING TIPS:

  • If the fondant body parts are not sticking to each other, glue them together with water. If that fails, make a simple “glue” with icing sugar mixture and water and use that to glue the pieces together.

Puppy Cupcake Toppers
Puppy Cupcake Toppers
I crafted these cute puppy cupcake toppers for an animal welfare fundraiser. The results were so adorable people didn’t want to eat them! While effective, the process is a bit fiddly and requires patience.
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12cupcakes 3hrs
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Ingredients
  • 12 cupcakes in green patty cases
  • 1 batch Vanilla Frosting
  • Green food colouring
  • Brown gel food colouring
  • Green edible glitter
  • 12 Red mini M&Ms cut in half
  • 12 Brown mini M&Ms cut in half
  • 15 cm Licorice Strap
  • 12 "Lifesavers" lollies
  • Black confectioners pen
  • 500 g Ready-to-roll Fondant
Servings: cupcakes
Units:
Ingredients
  • 12 cupcakes in green patty cases
  • 1 batch Vanilla Frosting
  • Green food colouring
  • Brown gel food colouring
  • Green edible glitter
  • 12 Red mini M&Ms cut in half
  • 12 Brown mini M&Ms cut in half
  • 15 cm Licorice Strap
  • 12 "Lifesavers" lollies
  • Black confectioners pen
  • 500 g Ready-to-roll Fondant
Servings: cupcakes
Units:
Instructions
  1. Cut any lumps or bumps from the tops of the cake so the surface is flat. Add a few drops of green food colouring to the vanilla frosting. Mix until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside.
  2. Set aside a 2cm piece of white fondant. Tint the rest of the fondant brown with a little gel colouring. Knead the colour in until fully mixed. Cover the fondant with plastic wrap and set it aside.
  3. Set aside a 2cm piece of white fondant. Tint the rest of the fondant brown with a little gel colouring. Knead the colour in until fully mixed. Cover the fondant with plastic wrap and set it aside.
  4. Unroll the liquorice strap. Hand cut 12 U-shaped pairs of ears from the liquorice. Mine were approximately 4mm wide and 10mm long.
  5. Assemble the puppy head. Roll a 2cm round ball of fondant for the head. Roll another 5mm ball for the nose. Press into the front of the head. Press a red M&M under the muzzle for the tongue and a brown M&M on the end of the muzzle for the nose. Press a liquorice ear onto each side of the head. Roll two tiny balls of white fondant for the eyes. Press onto the head. Use the confectioner’s pen to draw on the pupils.
  6. Press the head onto the lifesaver candy, which acts like the dog collar.
  7. Assemble the puppy body. Roll a 3cm long fat sausage.
  8. Stick the head and collar to the body. Make two paws with 1cm balls of brown fondant pressed onto the bottom of the body. Use a sharp knife to score three lines in each for the paw.
  9. Make a small bone. Roll a tiny piece of white fondant into a sausage. Roll 4 small tiny balls of white fondant and attach two to either end of the sausage. Make 12 bones.
  10. Spread the tinted green frosting onto the top of the cupcake. Press the assembled puppy onto the frosting. Press a bone in front of it. Lightly sprinkle the grass with green glitter.
Recipe Notes
  • If the fondant body parts are not sticking to each other, glue them together with water. If that fails, make a simple “glue” with icing sugar mixture and water and use that to glue the pieces together.
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