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'Sweet Cheeks' - Baby face mini cupcakes using Marshmallow Fondant.

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I was recently inspired by this year's cake decorating contest and decided to investigate the art of decorating using Fondant and Gumpaste. If there is anything that will inspire you, please be encouraged by the fact that I have never made these before and this is only the 3rd set of cupcakes I have ever decorated. The point is, YOU could do this! It is time consuming, but very rewarding when you see the finished product. 
For this instructable I'm not going to get into cupcake recipes as you can use any cupcake you like. I have included recipes for Crusting Buttercream Frosting and a super simple homemade Marshmallow Fondant, however you can buy regular fondant in any cake decorating store or online, and you can avoid the buttercream altogether if you like. The main focus of this instructable is to demonstrate the decorating process. As an added bonus, if you use gluten free muffins, and follow the recipes I have provided, these can be made completely gluten free.

One final warning... These little guys are so cute that it's hard to make yourself take a bite! Don't say I didn't warn you!
 
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Step 1: Crusting Buttercream Icing

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Ingredients
  • 500g, (1 lbs.) sifted pure confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick butter, softened.
  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening (Copha or Crisco) melted.
  • 1 cup thickened cream (suitable for whipping) chilled.
  • 2 tbsp. clear vanilla extract.
  • 1/4 cup water for stiff consistency. Add more water if using frosting to decorate a cake.
  • 1/4 tsp of any flavouring.
Tools
  • Stand mixer
  • Spatula
Method:
  • Using an electric stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on low speed until combined and then increase speed to high for 3 minutes scraping the sides of the bowl regularly. You will find this to be quite a dry mixture and may add a few drops of the water if required. Failing to beat well enough at this stage will result in a grainy sugar texture in the final mixture.
  • Allow the melted vegetable shortening or Copha to come to room temperature but not to solidify again. With the beater running at medium speed add the shortening in a thin stream into the side of the bowl. The mixture will become very sloppy and wet at this point. Continue to beat for a further minute.
  • With the mixer still running, pour the chilled cream  and vanilla into the mixture and beat for a further 3 minutes until the frosting begins to thicken slightly. Colours and flavours may be added at this point or you might divide the mixture and make a variety of colours.
  • Place the mixing bowl into the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until needed. This helps solidify the shortening. Before using, return it to the mixer and beat again for approximately 3 minutes to soften and gain a consistency suitable for spreading or piping.
This Mixture may be kept in an airtight contain in the refrigerator for up to a month. If longer storage is required, replace the cream with additional butter or shortening to a total of 1/2 a cup volume.
mheymad11 months ago
they are so cute and i really like the idea
They are so cute and so sweet.
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Thank you! You should have a go at making them... They're even cuter in person ;-D
MonkiMan2 years ago
There too adorable to eat :D
who8thebean (author)  MonkiMan2 years ago
LOL. I did warn you that it might be a problem getting them eaten! :-)
Thank you.
MaryT8M2 years ago
These are SO cute, and your tips and hints are priceless......I love that you tell those of us who are "challenged" about where to place the eyes and mouth for that look of being innocent....I never whould have thought of that and would wonder why mine didn't come out right.....also your pictures are great.....this is the VERY FIRST time I almost think I could follow YOUR directions and make some.

Thank you
who8thebean (author)  MaryT8M2 years ago
Wow, thank you for your compliment! I found that little piece of information from trial and error. I started noticing that some eyes looked sweeter than others and finally realised why. I really hope you do give it a go! They take time and effort, however they really are simple to make and I'm sure you could do it.
They're adorable. :D
who8thebean (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you! Having never made them before I was very happy with the outcome! Please vote for me in the cupcake competition if you think it's worthy.