King Cupcakes for Mardi Gras Graduation Party–Part 1 The Toppers

This is the first of a 3 part series. I’m pretty proud of myself–it was an intense project for the DIY who doesn’t like to do it herself. Here is the back story: My daughter will be attending college at McNeese State in Louisiana. Her graduation party partner in crime will be attending University of Southern Mississippi. We are from Colorado–I repeat–we are not southern and do not celebrate Mardi Gras. So what do we decide for a graduation party? Mardi Gras…….I’m in charge of the cupcakes. I’m gunna slay these bad boys. The first step (what you will see in this post) is to make the fondant masks for the toppers. These can be made 2 months in advance and frozen. I’m a big time person who plans ahead, so here it is. By the way, instead of the traditional Mardi Gras green, gold and purple, we are going with the college colors combined: royal blue, gold and black.

Silicone Fondant Mask--Bought off E-bay-like 2 bucks
Silicone Fondant Mask–Bought off E-bay-like 2 bucks
Fat Daddio's Pro Series Fondant in Yellow-8 oz. This stuff is from England--got off ebay--it's awesome--you can get any and every color and you don't have to buy a big tub. It was under 10 bucks.
Fat Daddio’s Pro Series Fondant in Yellow-8 oz. This stuff is from England–got off ebay–it’s awesome–you can get any and every color and you don’t have to buy a big tub. It was under 10 bucks.

 

 

Wash your hands and start working the fondant like playdough. Mash a chunk into your mold and scrape the excess. You might even push in the corners for a cleaner look
Wash your hands and start working the fondant like playdough. Mash a chunk into your mold and scrape the excess. You might even push in the corners for a cleaner look
Pop the masks out and lay on parchment paper or foil.
Pop the masks out and lay on parchment paper or foil.
We tried to make edible paint, but ended up using the edible metallic black and blue markers I purchased online. Way easier that using small paint brushes and mixing edible paint. Have some Q-tips and toothpicks handy to correct mistakes.
We tried to make edible paint, but ended up using the edible metallic black and blue markers I purchased online. Way easier than using small paint brushes and mixing edible paint. Have some Q-tips and toothpicks handy to correct mistakes.
This is pretty creative for us. We actually had fun with this.
This is pretty creative for us. We actually had fun with this.
After letting them dry a bit, we layered in Tupperware with parchment paper between layers. They are currently in the freezer waiting for the big bash. Stay tuned for part 2--making and freezing the King Cupcakes!
After letting them dry a bit, we layered in Tupperware with parchment paper between layers. They are currently in the freezer waiting for the big bash. Stay tuned for part 2–making and freezing the King Cupcakes!

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