These Ornament Cupcakes are festive and not very difficult to make. They do take a bit of time, but I think they are worth it. Here is what you do:
1) Bake your favorite cupcakes in sturdy paper or foil cups and let them cool.
2) Make (or buy) fondant, and color it in whichever shades you like (it is good to do different 3-4 colors. You only need a little of each color).
3) Roll out the fondant and cut it into circles with a large round cookie cutter.
4) Place the fondant circles into the holes of a mini half-ball pan and press gently, working the fondant into the domes to make it fit. (You can purchase a mini half-ball pan at most cake decorating stores or craft stores. If you do not know what a half-ball pan is, here is a link: Wilton Mini-Ball Pan)
5) Let the fondant sit overnight to set.
6) Frost the cupcakes with any stiff buttercream. Soft or gooey frosting won't work here.
7) Put the fondant domes over the tops of the cupcakes, pressing down gently.
8) Brush the domes with lustre dust (shimmery edible dust available at Cake Decorating stores).
9) If desired, make a half batch of Royal Icing and pipe designs on your ornaments.
10) Make some hook and loop attachments out of fondant and attach them with royal icing (you can color it gray or just form them out of white fondant and then paint them with silver lustre dust afterward).
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