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Yarn Cake Balls DIY

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial |

I've gotten some requests to post how I made the yarn cake balls I featured in my Grumpy Cat party post, so here is the tutorial... finally!

These were actually pretty simple to make, and I thought the result turned out great, like real balls of yarn, only yummier! How cute would these look at a knitting, cat, or vintage themed party.



I made my cake balls in slightly different sizes to give variation to my balls of yarn. To make my cake balls, I crumbled pound cake and mixed in white frosting until I could roll the "dough" into balls.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial |

I used this clay extruder gun that I bought at Joann's, and inserted this three circle disc to make my yarn shape. I learned about using this shape from this knitting cake tutorial.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial |

I cut my fondant into three pieces. I worked each section of fondant in my hands until it was soft. I kneaded food coloring into each one: pink, purple, green.

I started extruding the fondant by stuffing thin cylinders into the extruder. Just so you know, you do need some hand strength to squeeze the fondant through.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial |

Once I had a rope that was about 5-7 inches long, I start twisting it to make it look like yarn. Then, wetting my cake ball slightly so the fondant would stick, I started at the top of the cake ball, and wound the yarn around it.  It took me 2-3 pieces of yarn to cover one cake ball. I then wrapped additional pieces of yarn around the ball to make it look like real balls of yarn.

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial |

I think these are one of the coolest things I've ever made. At least my daughter thinks so. She told me while stuffing them in her mouth!

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial |

Personally, I think fondant is so fun to work with, because it is like playing with Play Doh, only you can eat it!

Fondant yarn cake ball tutorial |

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers Book + Giveaway

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers |

My friend, Lynlee Beckett, from Lynlee's Petite Cakes, just released an amazing new book, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take a look at it, since I already knew how talented she was and I love her work. If you don't believe me ,check out all the amazing parties she's added to our site!

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers |

Fondant toppers are such a fun way to decorate your cupcakes and if you have ever been interested in experimenting with fondant, this book would be a great place to start. If you already have experience working with fondant, it has lots of sweet ideas for birthdays, holidays, seasons and more.

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers |

The book comes with over eighty tutorials that can help you learn how to make your own adorable cake toppers. There are detailed instructions to follow and I love how the book shows you variations depending on your skill level.

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers |

Lynlee was also kind enough to let us give a copy of her incredible book away to one of our readers! I promise, this book will blow your mind! Enter here:

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Lynlee will be traveling to several U.S. cities for book signing events, along with some fellow sweet authors! Visit Lynlee's Petite Cakes for the most up-to-date book tour information. Also, you can find Lynlee on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Fondant Pumpkin Cupcake Topper DIY


Nikki from Tikkido is a baker and cake designer extraordinaire, so I'm  excited for her to share how she made these pumpkin toppers, perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

I love making little pumpkins out of gumpaste or fondant to create adorable little edible cupcake decorations. They're so fast and easy to make, especially if you use my secret material, cloves.


Materials to make these pumpkin cupcake toppers:
  • Whole cloves
  • Gumpaste or fondant (I like Satin Ice brand)
  • Orange food coloring
  • Small, sharp knife




Start by coloring your gumpaste orange, and rolling it into a ball.


Next, use the knife to score lines in the orange ball of gumpaste. At this point it will look sort of pumpkiny, but honestly, not very good. But now it's time for the magic!


Take a clove, and push it into the top of the gumpaste ball. It makes the most realistic, best miniature pumpkin stem ever. EVER. It looks exactly like a pumpkin in miniature, and with absolutely zero artistic effort.


Plop these little charmers on top of a plain cupcake and you have something spectacular for any fall event.



Just beautiful, Nikki! I'm going to try them soon!

To learn more about Nicole (who enjoys decorating cakes but not eating them, Irish dancing, public radio, Old English language and archaeology, and geekery of all sorts), visit her at Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras.

{DIY} How to Make Beautiful Wedding Dress Cupcakes with Fondant

How absolutely incredible is this wedding dress cupcake! When I saw the tutorial Vanessa from Apple Blossom Cupcakes put together, my mouth dropped open. You mean, with this tutorial I don't need to be a fondant artist like Vanessa to make something so beautiful?!

So if you want the simple steps, here you go... brought to you by Vanessa. :)

I love working with fondant and creating little artistic wonders. For a close friend’s wedding, I remade her dress out of fondant and cake which was a hit at her bridal shower!

You can color the dress to match the bride's dress and even add embellishments that match the flowers and dress details!


  • 2 cupcakes baked and unwrapped
  • 1 cup of icing (bagged)
  • 1 lollipop stick
  • Rolling pin
  • Fondant
  • Ruffled fondant cutter
  • Paint brush
  • Water
  • Plate
  • Spatula
  • Choice of fondant tools


(To make the top of the dress)

Roll out a thick piece of fondant. Fold it over a popsicle stick.

Cut out your wedding dress top design.

(To make the skirt)

Place a dab of icing on your plate and stack your cupcakes, gluing the cupcakes together with icing as well.

Ice the entire cupcakes and smooth over with your spatula.

Roll out a medium piece of fondant and roughly cover your cupcakes.

Use a fondant cutter, cut out a ruffle. Using your choice of tools, roll out each piece to make the petals of the skirt.

‘Glue’ the ruffles in layers on your cupcakes using a paint brush and water, starting at the bottom and moving your way up. Keep adding layers until you are done.

Lightly press the dress ‘top’ lollipop stick into the base and you are done! Beautiful!

You can add embellishments to personalize the dress or keep it plain and simple!

Thank you, Vanessa, this is incredible!!

And if you don't have time to make the dresses yourself for your next party or shower but still want some, Vanessa sells this variation in her Etsy shop, and can ship them directly to you.

Also, check out all of Vanessa's inspired fondant toppers at Apple Blossom Cupcakes!


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