Fondant Bunny Ears Tutorial: How To Make Your Own Fondant Bunny Ears Cupcake Toppers
April 15, 2014
These fondant bunny ears are a simple and festive edible treat to place onto your favorite cupcakes. With a bit of fondant, a bunny cookie cutter, and some time, you can make these droopy eared bunny decorations your family and friends will just love. They really add that special something... and and are quite adorable - perfect to go with some other easter dessert ideas. Let us show you how to make these in this DIY fondant bunny ear tutorial.
Fondant Bunny Ears Cupcake Toppers Tutorial Supplies
Satin Ice Fondant - We used white and light pink fondant
Tap-it Mat - This is the green mat pictured. We use this mat to cut out our fondant and gumpaste decorations. This mat works particularly well with Tap-it fondant cutters. However, feel free to use whatever surface you have handy
Non-Skid Mat - We used a small Silpat underneath our Tap-it mat as a non-skid surface, preventing it from sliding around
X-lg CelPin - We use the X-large CelPin to roll out our fondant. But feel free to use any rolling pin you have on hand
Practice Board - This blue practice board has an acetate sheet covering that keeps fondant fresh while you are cutting out other decorations
Bunny Cookie Cutter - You can use any cutter that has bunny ears. We also used a mini bunny cutter for our mini cupcakes
Waterbrush - You can also use a paintbrush with a bit of water
Little Palette Knife or kitchen knife. Be careful of what surface you are cutting on
Cornstarch - We have ours in a shaker making it easier to sprinkle on our mat. Only use a small amount of cornstarch if the fondant is sticky
Vegetable Shortening - We like to keep a bit of vegetable shortening in a plastic container for convenience. Use a bit of vegetable shortening in your fondant if it's dry
Miniature Bunny Ears (Additional Supplies)
Fondant Bunny Ears Cupcake Toppers Tutorial Step-By-Step Directions1) Collect your supplies. Make sure you knead your fondant well so it is warmed up and pliable. If your fondant is too dry, you may need to add a bit of vegetable shortening to it.
2) Sprinkle a little bit of cornstarch onto your work mat and roll out some white fondant. We like to roll the fondant quite thin so the fondant will dry faster, but roll it out to the thickness of your choice.
3) Place the bunny cookie cutter, whichever one you have, onto the fondant and cut out the shape.
4) Taking a pallette knife, or butter knife, cleanly cut the fondant underneath the ears. If you're using a different cutter entirely, cut off the fondant underneath the ears where you see fit. Clean up the edges of the fondant ears and place them in a plastic baggie or under the acetate sheet of the practice board to keep it from drying out.
5) Next, roll out the pink fondant. Cut out a round or teardrop shape that will fit your bunny ears.
6) Place the pink circle or teardrop underneath the acetate paper and flatten the fondant with your finger. This makes the shape a bit bigger and longer (If you don't have the acetate paper practice board, you can use the rolling pin to shape it as needed).
7) This is a comparison of a teardrop shape when it was just cut out and one after it was flattened a bit.
8) With a water brush or paintbrush, dab a bit of water onto the fondant ear and glue the pink inner ear fondant in place.
9) Bend one side of the ear and place the ear onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can use the end of the cookie sheet to lean the bent ear against it, or prop something up behind it. We found that once you bend the ear, it pretty much stays in place... no propping needed. However, you may want to periodically check the ears and fix them if needed.
10) Let the fondant ears dry overnight, moving them once to make sure they are not stuck onto the parchment paper.
11) If you have a miniature bunny cutter, follow steps 1-4. Then, grab a paintbrush and add some edible petal dust, and paint on an inner ear (We used I.S.A.C American Beauty Rose). Bend ear, let dry, and decorate!
Fondant Bunny Ears Cupcake Toppers Tutorial Sweet Notes
If you own a Kitchenaid pasta attachment, you can roll out a long piece of white fondant to make the process go a little quicker. This way, each ear will be the same thickness as well
Make sure to cover your bunny ears in plastic or under an acetate sheet to keep it fresh while cutting out the inner ears. The ear will break or crack if you bend them when the fondant starts to dry out
You can use gumpaste if that's what you have on hand, just be aware that gumpaste dries faster. Bend the ears when the gumpaste is still pliable, so that you avoid breaking and cracking
The fondant ears will start to soften once they are placed in frosting for a long period of time. We recommend placing them in the cupcakes right before the party, or before serving, to keep them in place