Thanksgiving Cornucopia~ A Blog Tutorial

Hi there~

For any of you who need an idea for cake decor this Thanksgiving, I have one more idea for you…

Today was my first try at creating a cornucopia cake topper, but it actually came together very quickly.  With rice cereal treats on our side, anything is possible!   ;0) –This will not only make a great cake topper, but for all of the cookie or cupcake fans out there, it would also make a great centerpiece for the middle of your dessert platter.

Let’s get started…

First, I mashed and shaped four Rice Krispies Treats (22g) together into the shape of a cornucopia.



You can see in this photo how I made a depression where the opening of the cornucopia would be, to give it a little depth.  I also rolled out some white fondant.  (Gum paste would be fine too if you would rather!) IMG_2914

Next, I rubbed a light coating of vegetable shortening onto my cereal treat cornucopia before covering it with a layer of fondant.  I trimmed away the excess with a pizza wheel.


Next, I used a toothpick to create impressions.  (Use whatever you’d like…the dull side of a knife, paintbrush handle, scriber needle, etc.)



Next, it was time to paint!  I painted the cornucopia with Americolor Chocolate Brown, which was diluted a bit with vodka.  Mixing vodka (or even lemon extract) with coloring gel is really helpful when painting because the alcohol greatly speeds up the dry time.  If you’d prefer not to paint, you can tint your fondant brown with coloring gel from the beginning.



Here’s our cake of honor, an 8″ cake which is frosted with vanilla buttercream.  I used my small offset spatula to give it a little texture.


Here you can see that I pushed a bubble tea straw (cut to the height of the cake) into the center.   This is an optional step, but it’s not a bad idea to add a support beneath your cake toppers to prevent any chance of sinking.


Next, I rolled out a bit of fondant (tinted Americolor Chocolate Brown), and used my 2D piping tip to cut out circles.  Using a stone stamp set (sold at craft stores–mine is from Michael’s), I embossed the fondant circles to spell our Thanksgiving message.  I used a little of my vodka/coloring gel paint to darken the letters so that they would pop out a little more, but that is optional!IMG_2942


I placed the cornucopia onto our cake and filled it with assorted candy–you have some flexibility with this step.  Use whatever you’d like.  I went to our local candy store and bought a little bit of everything…(gummi raspberries, Sixlets, Indian Corn, and candy pumpkins).   I filled in with fall colored sprinkles and buttercream leaves (tinted Americolor Avacado Green and piped with a leaf tip 352).



I glued our fondant letters onto the cake with a little bit of buttercream.  As a final touch, I piped a small bead border around the top edge with a Wilton tip 4, and used a brown ribbon to create my bottom border.  (When I use ribbon on a cake, I lightly grease it with a little vegetable shortening to prevent splotchiness.) –

We’re finished! ~



Category: Blog Tutorials, Custom Toppers & Figure Modeling, Fall, Gum Paste & Fondant, Themes and Occasions, Wedding & Elegant


  1. Maureen Zaccaria says: #1

    This is such a beautiful cake!! Thank you so much for the instructions!! I always wanted to make a cornucopia for a cake and you made it look so easy. You really are so so talented and real artistic!

    Thanks so much,
    Maureen Z.

  2. Rosario Carrillo says: #2

    Thank you for sharing the idea and the instructions is so helpful to me
    its simple but beautiful!!

  3. MsGF says: #3

    Very nice. Love all the beautiful Autumn colours.

  4. LynnS says: #4

    This is really lovely. :-)

  5. Melissa Diamond says: #5

    Thank you all so much!

  6. Jillian says: #6

    This is beautiful and I am actually planning on making this next week! I have one question… did you put anything underneath the vegetables and fruit to make the cascade out of the cornucopia? Or is it just more candy? Thanks!

  7. Melissa Diamond says: #7

    Hi Jillian–Thanks! No, I didn’t put anything underneath the candy. Actually, the depression in the center of the cornucopia paired with the edge being fairly wide gave us a nice little slope for our candy. I didn’t need to do much building at all! Good luck! ;0)

  8. seabass123 says: #8

    Melissa…..Simply adorable. Too pretty to eat!

    I wish you and Bebe and your family a warm and happy Turkey Day.

  9. Gorgeous cake … pinned it!

  10. Ann from Atlanta says: #10

    Lovely addition to a family Thanksgiving! Let us give thanks for we are so blessed!
    Happy Thanksgiving Melissa to you and your family!

  11. afroditi giagli says: #11

    hi…thanks for your lovely tutorials that make our lives a bit easier!

  12. June from Hawaii says: #12

    This is a wonderful tutorial, thank you so much!!!

  13. Melissa Diamond says: #13

    Thanks so much for your comments! I hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving! xo

  14. Anita Barron says: #14

    Beautiful—–To pretty to eat

  15. Joanne says: #15

    I love this … I will have to remember this for next year. Thanksgiving falls mid October here in Canada :)

  16. Joy says: #16

    Awesome cake and tutorial, simple and effective. Love your work

  17. gracie says: #18

    How do you attach ribbon to the bottom of the cake?

  18. Melissa Diamond says: #19

    Thanks for all of your comments!

    @Gracie– I lightly greased the ribbon with vegetable shortening and wrapped it around the cake. This is what I like to do whenever using ribbon so that there is no splotchiness from the frosting (everything is evenly “discolored”). I let the two ends slightly overlap in back and glue together with a dot of buttercream.

  19. Stella says: #20

    beautiful cake,,,,,

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