To add a touch of whimsy to her Thanksgiving dessert table, Toni Miller of Makebakecelebrate.com crafted these adorable easy-to-make candy toppers for cupcakes. “If you can play with Play-doh, you have all the experience needed to create these fondant sweets!” says Toni. Use em to decorate your favorite frosted cookies and layer cakes, too!
On separate pieces of wax paper, knead brown coloring into 8 oz. fondant, red coloring into 4 oz. fondant, orange coloring into another 4 oz. and yellow coloring into a third 4-oz. piece of fondant. Wrap each color separately in plastic wrap.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. On wax paper, roll out yellow fondant to about 1/8" thickness. Cut out 12 rounds using 2" scalloped round cookie cutter. Move to baking sheet, giving them a little space, as shown.
Repeat with orange fondant. Lay orange rounds over yellow ones, slightly offset. Repeat with red, slightly offsetting orange rounds, as shown.
line Once your all cutter the colors back up are with on, original yellow piece. Push down, trimming off excess red and orange, as shown. You should have a 2" round again with all three colors. Use a knife or fondant wheel to gently
press lines into feathers. Let feathers dry, uncovered, overnight.
In small bowl, combine a pinch of remaining white fondant and 1 Tbs. hot water. Fondant will melt and eventually become a glue; cover and reserve. Wrap remaining white fondant; reserve. For turkey bodies and heads, from brown fondant, make 12 (1") and 12 (3/4") balls. Wrap remaining brown fondant; reserve.
Grab your fondant glue. You will need to mix it well once fondant has melted into the water. Use a foodsafe paintbrush and glue heads and bodies together using fondant glue, as shown.
Now for the details. Small fondant pieces dry quickly, so work on one turkey at a time. To make eyes, roll out reserved white fondant until very thin. Use end of straw to cut small rounds for eyes.
Using a small drop of glue, attach eyes; attach black sprinkles. Glue on red sprinkle eyebrows. For each beak, take a pea-sized piece of yellow fondant and roll into ball. Gently pinch one side into a pyramid. Glue onto face, holding each one until they stick and stay. Once all beaks are on, gently apply some glue to back of turkey bodies and press on feathers.
For wings, roll out a piece of reserved brown fondant. Use small leaf cutter to cut out leaf shapes; trim off each leaf tip, as shown. Attach wings with fondant glue. For feet, glue on pumpkin sprinkles.
That’s all! Leave them sitting out for a day to dry and harden up, then gently wrap in plastic wrap, until needed. Remember fondant’s enemy is water . . . so do not refrigerate or place on cupcakes until close to serving time. If they are left overnight on frosting they may soak up moisture and become sticky. When ready to serve, spread or pipe frosting over cupcakes; sprinkle with green jimmies. Top with turkeys. Makes 12 toppers.