Hi everybody! Today’s blog tutorial is in honor of all of the dads out there. After all, Father’s Day is just around the corner!
I’m going with a theme of neckties and t-shirts. Neckties, because I just think they are just so cute as cupcake topper….and t-shirts–because you can put anything on a t-shirt! It’s the perfect solution for personalizing the cupcakes to fit the man of honor…and also a great way to add some laughs! Coming up with a theme for Father’s Day can really be tricky–since not every dad is into golf or fishing..(or even neckties)! I think this is the perfect answer…and it’s so easy too!
Ready to start? Here’s what I did…
First, you’ll need something to make a shirt with. They do make t-shirt cookie cutters…but if you have a square cutter, that is all you really need. (I wish we had figured this out before buying the way-too-big t-shirt cookie cutter this morning). We actually used the same square cutter to create both t-shirts & collared shirts.
I rolled out some fondant (with a little tylose powdered kneaded in for quick drying.) Here I am forming my shirt with a 1 1/2 inch square cutter. Of course, don’t feel obligated to get the exact size as mine. Next, just snip away the lower edges of the square, to form two short sleeves.
Here is the point where you’ll change your technique a little depending on if you are making a t-shirt or a shirt with a collar. On the right, you can see that I formed a t-shirt neck with the bottom end of a standard piping tip. That’s it!
*Let your shirts dry on a surface dusted with a little cornstarch or powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
Next, I cut out necktie shapes from fondant. (I kneaded in a little tylose powder into it so it would dry more quickly.) Once I had one tie that I liked, I used it as a basic guide to cut out my other ties. You could also create your own template for your necktie by cutting out a tie shape from paper (photo paper or cardstock is easiest to work with because of the thickness.) Lay it on the fondant and cut around it for uniformity….or just wing it with no template at all! ;0)
Then, I placed the tie (dampened in back with a little water) onto the shirt, and pressed a little dot of fondant at the top to create the knot of the tie.
As you’ve probably guessed already from the pictures above, food coloring pens play a big role in decorating the toppers! I had so much fun with this part. Once your fondant has set, you can easily write your messages or designs. There are several brands out there…but the ones that I used today were Americolor and FoodWriter pens. If you don’t have any food coloring pens, you can also create a paint by mixing a little vodka or lemon extract with food coloring gel. I use vodka. Then, just brush it on with a tiny brush or toothpick.
Finally, it was time to decorate the t-shirts! My favorite part. I made t-shirts that apply to my husband (and I suspect a lot of other dads out there)! He gave them his stamp of approval :0) — Cafepress.com has some really funny shirts & sayings which are great for inspiration too.
That’s all there is to it~ We’re done! — Now they just need to find a cupcake to call home. Just fyi, I don’t trust airtight containers with my cupcakes –especially if they are topped with fondant toppers. The risk of peeling liners or softened fondant accents is too great. You want your containers to breathe a little to be on the safe side!
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Feel free to borrow my shirt designs or come up with your own twist! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!