When it comes to decorating cupcakes it's often the simplest ideas that give the most eye catching effect. Cut out decorations are one of the easiest and quickest ways to decorate a cake and is a technique I often lean toward when tarting up basic flavours for Pet Lamb. Add a flower here, a butterfly there and you're left with something much more attractive than just a plain old vanilla covered in sprinkles.
To start with you need your cutters. I have a huge collection of cutters but these three are my sure fire favorites. A simple blossom, rose and butterfly cutter pared with your favorite coloured fondant and you're ready to go. You can pick items like these up at any cake decorating store or even Amazon for some speedy next day delivery.
To make the cute lil flowers above all you need to do is follow these simple steps. First, roll out some green fondant to around 5mm thick and stamp out six shapes with your medium rose cutter and lay each 'leaf' into the indentation in an artists palate (I got mine from Paperchase, 60p each).
Next do the same with your pink fondant and stamp out six shapes with your medium blossom cutter. Lay the blossoms over the leaves at a slightly offset angle ensuring that you can still see a little green poking through the petals. Give the middle of each flower a little dusting of pink luster dust and leave to set for 24 hours. Once set, slide the flowers from their little home and you're ready to decorate!
For the butterflies follow the steps for the flowers but rather than leaving to dry in a palate make yourself a little paper nest for them to set. Grab the cover of an old magazine, cut it into thick strips and fold them into little Constantina so they make an M shape when stood on a table. Place the butterflies into the V shape and leave to dry for 24 hours.
And voilà, there you have cupcakes that will wow and amaze your friends and family. Happy decorating!