Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

by Shawnda on April 22, 2013

in Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies,Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Those are the fondant cupcake toppers from Landry’s Dinosaur Train birthday party. And the photo on the left was the inspiration for those cupcakes:

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Seriously, I was this close to making the “Tiny” cupcake, too (the topper on the bottom left). And the fact that I am still alive today tells you that someone in this house convinced me to stick with one design.

For the record, “knows my limits” is #2 on the the million-item long list titled “Why I Couldn’t Survive Without Jason.”

Because the one design took several days by itself. But the good news – I made them a week out and didn’t have to worry about them as the party was approaching.

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Step 1: Whip up a batch of marshmallow fondant. You can buy it but my experience with store-bought fondant has always been super unfavorable.

Step 2: Color the fondant (I used Americolor yellow, blue, and red).

Step 3: Spend an hour digging through your cake decorating stuff looking for comparable shapes to the inspiration.

The cutters used above came from the following sets:
3 – Wilton Fondant Alphabet Cutters
Smoke stack – Tulip from Wilton Fondant Garden Shapes
Smoke puff (large) – Flower from Wilton Fondant Garden Shapes
Smoke puff (small) – Wilton Fondant & Gum Paste Class Kit
Circle – ~2.5-inch round biscuit cutter

Step 4: Roll out the blue circles, cut them with the biscuit cutter and use an offset spatula to transfer to a rack for drying overnight.

Step 5: Cut out the yellow tulips, lightly brush the bottom of the flowers with water (don’t soak them – one pass with a paint brush or a finger tip dipped in water will do), and place them on the blue circles. Use the biscuit cutter to cut the bottom of the tuplip off, leaving a circle.

Step 6. Cut out the smoke puffs, and place them on the blue circles.

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Step 7. When the smoke puffs are dry, cut the red 3s, lightly brush the bottom with water, and place on the large puff of smoke.

Step 8: Let dry completely and then store until needed. I loosely covered the rack with a dish towel and placed it out of the way on the countertop until the morning of the party.

Dinosaur Train Fondant Cupcake Toppers

The cupcake toppers will soften again after coming in contact with the moisture from the frosting. I topped the morning of the party and the fondant had softened by early afternoon party.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

They turned out so cute – great job!

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2 Joanne April 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Seriously you are SUCH a rockstar mom for making these!!

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3 Barb April 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

You are one very talented lady!! What a terrific job. Thank you Jason for leading her down the correct path. ;)

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4 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 23, 2013 at 12:28 am

Too cute!

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5 Sandi@What Shall I Make Today April 25, 2013 at 5:27 am

These look fabulous!

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6 Barb July 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Wow! These are awesome! Any way you could share which tools you used to make tiny? :) my son loves dinosaur train.. his birthday is Wed! But we are having a small party on Saturday :) thank you :)

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7 Shawnda July 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

I didn’t actually end up making the Tiny topper. I was going to… but the smokestack cupcakes ended up being plenty enough work for me :)

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8 Monica August 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm

these are super cute! How long do they take to dry?

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9 Shawnda August 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Two nights.

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