How to make autumn cupcake toppers

autumn cupcake toppersAutumn is my favorite time of year. I love the smell of the leaves, the changing quality of the light, and the holiday preparations.

So I really enjoyed making these adorable autumn-themed cupcake toppers from a few simple cutters. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make three of these designs.

autumn2.jpgWhat I used:
Clean work surface
Rolling pin
Rolling cutter
Gold shimmer dust and small brush
Water pen
Stick tool
White icing writer
Large black sprinkles
Leaf cut-outs
Oval cut-outs
Round cut-outs
Various colors of fondant
Small flower cutter
Cookie sheet lined with parchment (not pictured)

autumn3.jpgWhen I saw these cut-outs in my local craft store, I decided to challenge myself to create a set of toppers using them as my primary tools. These are affordable and easy to find.

autumn4.jpgAcorn Toppers
Step 1:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. This will serve as a staging area as you make the toppers.

autumn5.jpgStep 2:
Using the largest circle cutter, cut out six yellow and six green circles as the  backgrounds of the autumn toppers. Place them on the lined cookie sheet.

autumn6.jpgStep 3:
The first design is the acorn. Roll out the light brown fondant rather thick.To create a “puffy” effect, place plastic wrap on it and use your mid-sized oval cutter to cut out several acorns.

autumn7They will look like this. Smooth out the edges gently with your fingers.

autumn8.jpgStep 4:
Repeat the step above with the dark brown fondant to create the caps of the acorns. Roll them out very gently to make them a bit wider than the acorn bottoms. Trim them as shown so they will fit together nicely.

autumn9.jpgStep 5:
Use your rolling cutter to very gently score the acorn tops.

autumn10.jpgStep 6:
Lightly wet the backs of the acorn pieces and affix them to the background color of your choice. Trim a small scrap of dark brown for the stem.

acorn cupcake toppers Step 7:
Give this simple acorn some added interest by dusting it with gold shimmer powder.

autumn12.jpgFox toppers
Step 1:
Knead equal parts red and dark brown fondant to create a reddish brown for the fox design.

autumn13.jpgStep 2: Again to achieve a “puffy” effect on my design, I’ve rolled my fondant rather thick and placed plastic wrap over it. Use the mid-sized oval and leaf cutters to create the head and body of the fox.

Use your thumb and pointer finger to model the head of the fox into a triangular shape.

autumn15Step 4:
Use your background circle to judge the scale of the shapes. Trim off the top and bottom of the leaf shape as shown.

autumn16Step 5:
The middle part of the trimmed leaf shape becomes the fox body. Trim the scraps to create two pointy ears.

autumn17.jpgStep 6:
Use the smallest-sized oval cutter to gently make impressions as shown on the head and body. Do not cut all the way through the fox. Just make a visible impression.

autumn18.jpgStep 7:
Use the water pen to  adhere the fox to the background at this point.

autumn19.jpgStep 8:
Using the smallest-sized oval cutter, cut out several white ovals. Trim them to fit where the impressions were made and attach them with the water pen.

autumn20.jpgStep 9:
Use the stick tool to make three dents in the spaces for the eyes and nose.

autumn21.jpgStep 10:
Squeeze a tiny bit of the icing writer into each dent to act as edible glue for the three sprinkles.

autumn22.jpgStep 11:
Firmly press the sprinkles in place and the fox is done!

fox cupcake toppersOwl Toppers
Step 1:
Use the largest oval cutter to create several owl bodies.

autumn24Step 2:
Use the tip of the large oval cutter to hollow out the top of the owl’s head.

autumn25.jpgStep 3:
Use the smallest-sized circle and leaf cutters to cut out two circle and leaf shapes for each owl.

autumn26.jpgStep 4:
Use the water pen to attach the circle and leaf shapes to the owl body as shown. Also attach a tiny orange triangle for a beak. Use the stick tool to place dents where the eyes will go.

owl cupcake toppersStep 5:
“Glue” the large black sprinkles in place by following the same steps we did for the fox. Then you can imprint a small shape on the owl’s body for added detail.

autumnendpic.jpgAllow the toppers to harden for at least three days on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Then add them to your cupcakes for your holiday party. Just be careful…they might upstage the pumpkin pie!

Happy caking!


  1. says

    They look so amazingly cute! And I cant believe how easy the tutorial looks 😮 But I am sure it is a lot of work and I would take days for doing it as good as you 🙂
    Thanks for showing, take care!

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