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13 October 2014

Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

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Our celebrations expert here at the Nest is back today to share a simple and sweet little edible craft for Halloween.  I love the way Nikki describes it -- "dead simple, but it totally works and is charming".  

So roll on out the gum paste and get ready to get crafting with Nikki of Tikkido.com

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

This cupcake topper tutorial is the culinary equivalent of making a ghost costume by cutting a few holes in a white sheet.  


It's dead simple, but it totally works and is charming.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Materials and Equipment Needed:

--Gum Paste (I like Satin Ice Brand)
--rolling pin
--round cookie cutter (THIS SET is awesome)
--black food coloring
--small, clean paint brush

Start by creating a basic form to go under your ghostly, edible sheet.  Just make it rounded at the top (like a head, and wider and flatter at the base.  Make them taller, make them shorter, make them fatter, make them thinner.  It doesn't matter!  It's all going to be covered up by your edible sheet.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Thinly roll out some gum paste, and cut into a circle shape.  I used a circle cookie cutter, but you could easily use a drinking glass, or even just freehand cut a circle with a sharp paring knife.  This is the kind of tutorial where you don't have to be careful and precise (my favorite kind!).

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Drape your circle of gum paste over the gum paste body forms you've already created.  Stretch the gum paste circle down gently, until it reaches the ground, and arrange the folds however you like them.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Paint the eyes and mouth (just easy ovals--you've been practicing this since kindergarten!) on with black food coloring.  I have a set of clean, food-safe paintbrushes that I only use for making cakes and cookies, but if you don't, you could easily use a toothpick for this 
paint job.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Place on top of a cupcake--homemade or store bought--and impress your friends and family!  

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers


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BEYOND cute Nikki!!  I think even I could do these, and my self-imposed nickname is "the one who can't do cakes"!  Perfect dessert!
 If you liked this post, you will LOVE Nikki's work over at Tikkido!  
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