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Easy fall leaf cupcake toppers by Semi Sweet Designs


Easy Fall Leaf Cupcake Toppers

Written by Mike Tamplin Nov 25, 2013


Hi, I’m Mike and I have an addiction to Pinterest. (“Hi Mike.”) On a typical night, I like to unwind in the evenings surfing Pinterest for a little while. Well, “a little while” usually turns into three hours, it’s past midnight, and I can’t sleep because I’m thinking of all the newly formed ideas I just pinned on my Pinterest boards. Don’t worry, I’m working on getting help.

Fall card by Sue of Heart Prints
Fall card (item #4411) by Sue of Heart Prints

On a recent Pinterest mine for inspiration, I came across this beautiful handmade card. Clicking on the link lead me to the talented work by Sue, of Heart Prints. Sue’s website gallery is full of incredibly decorated cards, all made by hand and embellished exquisitely. However, it was this card that really caught my eye. I just loved the embossed background, the color palette, and especially the circles of cutout leaves overlaid on top. I asked Sue if I could use her card as inspiration for a fall treat idea and she graciously said yes. Thanks, Sue!

Taking inspiration from Sue, I wanted to create a super quick and easy treat to dress up the dessert table on Thanksgiving day. Preparing for the big feast is a lot of work, so one less thing to fuss over is always a nice option to have. These fall leaf cupcake toppers are easy to make and can be made days in advance.

How to Make Easy Fall Leaf Cupcake Toppers

You will need:

  1. 1

    Print out one or two copies of the Fall Leaf PDF Template and place them in sheet protectors (a genius tip I learned from Jennifer at Not Your Momma’s Cookie). If you don’t have sheet protectors, taping a sheet of wax paper over the template will work just as well. (Lisa at The Bearfoot Baker shows the perfect setup for using wax paper.)

  2. 2

    Outline over the template lines using piping consistency royal icing. Then flood the background section with flood icing. Use a toothpick or scribe tool to get into all the nooks and crannies of the leaf designs. Put these sheets aside on a flat surface to dry completely.

    Making fall leaf royal icing transfers
  3. 3

    Roll out the colored fondant into a sheet that is ⅛ inch thick. Then cut out scalloped circles using the 68mm cookie cutter.

    Cutting out a scalloped circle in fondant
  4. 4

    This step is optional, however it does make your cupcakes toppers look a bit more fancy. And who doesn’t like fancy on Thanksgiving? :) I learned this technique from one of the tutorials by Louise of Cake Journal. Take a #2 icing tip and just poke a small hole in each scallop along the edge. Leave these circles on a flat surface to dry and harden.

    Creating a lace edge in fondant
  5. 5

    After the royal icing transfers are completely dry, gently peel them off the sheet protector. Apply a small amount of royal icing to the back of the leaf design and place them in the center of the fondant circles.

    attaching the royal icing transfers to the fondant

The final fall leaf cupcake toppers should look like the finished ones below.

Finished fondant cupcake toppers

After attaching both pieces, these cupcake toppers are ready to use immediately, or can be made days in advance and stored away. I made boxed Pillsbury cupcakes with canned frosting to place under these toppers. However, if you are in a crutch for time, you could easily buy a dozen plain cupcakes in your grocer’s bakery and throw on these little guys for a customized touch. Easy, right?

Easy fall leaf cupcake toppers by Semi Sweet Designs

I have one more day of work before I head off to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with my family. I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful holiday. If you’re brave enough to tackle the Black Friday crowds, have a safe time. Happy Thanksgiving!

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24 replies on “Easy Fall Leaf Cupcake Toppers

  1. Love these Mike! I try and stay away from Pinterest unless I have hours of time – first to look and then to get myself to stop creating things in my mind! :)

    1. It’s funny how Pinterest just reels you in for hours. :) Thanks, Kim!

  2. I love these, Mike! I’m glad the sheet protector tip works for you – it makes RIT so much easier!

    Oh, and I’m addicted to Pinterest too…I believe that addiction will only get worse, since there are only so many apps I can enjoy one-handed on my ipad during those late night feedings with the little one :)

  3. It’s so funny that you’ve done your transfers on sheet protectors because I literally just had the idea this weekend and thought I was awesome for coming up with it…now I know I’m not the first lol. Love your work!

    1. Aren’t they just so convenient?! Jennifer from Not Your Momma’s Cookie taught me the sheet protector trick. :)

  4. Hi!
    I love the toppers you have made!
    I have tried twice now to make them however each time I peel them away from the sheet protector they crack.
    Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you

  5. It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people ffor this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking
    about! Thanks

  6. Susan (a.ka. GeminiRJ) 14

    I am so-o-o-o-o intrigued by these fabulous toppers! My mind is already racing with other “silhouette” ideas for regular sugar cookies. Awesome!

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