These poppy cupcake toppers make a big impression due to their size and vibrant color. You can also change the color scheme to make these free-from, modern flowers coordinate with any party.
This is what I used:
Flat work surface
Wilton flower impression mat (optional)
Small rolling pin
Round cutters (2”, 1.5”, 1”)
Fondant in red and black
Lightly dust your work surface with corn starch and roll the red fondant thin.
For each poppy, you will need to cut one circle of each size. I was making a set of three poppies, so I cut three circles of each size.
Place the largest fondant circle on the foam mat. Use the large side of your ball tool and slowly press the outer edge of the circle in a clock-wise motion. Go around several times until the edges of the fondant circle curls up.
I was lucky to discover a mini cupcake holder was the perfect tray for these toppers as they dry. I placed the large circles there to dry and moved on to the medium circles.
Repeat step 3 with the medium fondant circles.
Lightly wet the center back of the medium circles and attach them to the large circles as shown.
Repeat step 3 with the smallest circles.
Using your water pen, lightly wet the back of the smallest circles and press them in place on top of the medium circles as shown.
I found a mold in my tools called the Wilton Flower Impression Mat, which had a perfect sized center for my poppies. If you don’t have this type of mold, you can easily form the centers by hand. Tip: If you have a button mold, buttons make fun, quirky centers as well!
Form a small ball of black fondant, dust the outside of it lightly with cornstarch and press it level into the mold. This is what it looks like when you pop it out.
Use water to glue the center into each poppy.
Allow your toppers to harden for at least two or three days so they will hold their shape on your cupcakes. If you are making them farther in advance, simply store on a parchment-lined cookie sheet in a cool, dark place until your baking day.