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Queen Elsa Fondant Crowns

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A very special queen I know turned 5 and like every other 3 to 8 year old girl in the world, she chose a Frozen themed party – with good reason obviously…I mean, have you seen that movie?!!  To honor such an occasion, I decided to make a very special cupcake topper befitting of royalty.  If you know me at all, you know I don’t like to spend a lot of time on toppers or decorations that don’t actually taste good but sometimes, you have to bend your rules a little when trying to impress a 5 year old.  My suggestion is to make a few of these as centerpieces and spend the rest of your precious time on something like these sugar cookie snowflake toppers that are delicious and easy!

I chose to make small crowns to top a mini cake but using this same tutorial you could make any size topper you wish.  If you’re new to the fondant game then give yourself a few weeks on these.  Chances are, you will break a few accidentally and then you’ll probably smash a few on purpose out of anger and disgust.  Not speaking from personal experience there…

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Marshmallow Fondant Elsa Crowns

I used this Marshmallow Fondant recipe.  It keeps forever so there is no reason you can’t start early on these puppies.

I used this stencil for the crowns and sized it down for cupcake toppers – 2.5×3.75 inches is just about right for a cupcake.  I also tweaked it a bit to remove some of the more intricate parts because they kept breaking off while working with them.  If you are more patient or skilled than I am, please feel free to use the stencil as is.

Using an exacto knife, cut out the stencil on card stock paper.

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Lightly dust your rolling surface with powder sugar and roll out your fondant to 1/8 inch.  Lightly dust the top of the fondant with powder sugar as well.image

Using a flat, hard surface, press the stencil into the fondant.  I used this small cutting board and it worked perfectly.  It should leave an impression for you to easily follow.

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Using an exacto knife, cut out the crown.

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Put the crown on a small piece of parchment paper and allow to air dry for 48 hours on a curved surface, such as a small soda can, baking powder can, pill bottle, etc.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic of this step but it is a tricky one because when items with curved surfaces are laid on their sides, they tend to roll.  Duh, I know.  I finally figured out a strategy which involved cushioning the item between the coffee maker and the counter but you are just going to have to work out that bit for yourself.

Once dry, lightly spray the crown with Wilton gold spray.  Do NOT soak the crown.  Too much moisture weakens the fondant and it will break.  I found the best luck with lightly spraying the surface and then using a fan brush to evenly distribute the color.

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Allow the gold spray to dry completely.  I found they stayed sticky for quite a while so allowing to dry 12 hours is probably your best bet.  Once dry, apply a layer of gold pearl dust with a fan brush.  This helps to even out the appearance and is there such a thing as too much sparkle for a five year old?  The answer is no.

The Crown Jewel

Blue Raspberry Jolly Ranchers

Diamond or oblong mini cookie or fondant cutter.

Aluminum foil and vegetable oil

Candy cupcake topper method found here.

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Apply the jewel to the crown while it is still warm and you will be able to gently shape it into the right curve for the crown.  Also, if applied while the candy is still slightly warm it will adhere to the crown without any need for royal icing or piping gel to affix it.  I’m all about eliminating steps.

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Sister Craft completely dominated the Frozen birthday party which featured a 15 minute play, homemade costumes, a snow cone machine, beautiful handmade decorations and one seriously happy 5 year old birthday girl!  I’m seriously considering hiring her for my next birthday…Little Mermaid theme?!!  Yes, please!

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