Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How: T-Rex Cupcake Topper


Since I did one for our spiky friends, here's a tutorial for sharp tooth!

Fondant Tyrannosaurs Rex

Rolled fondant
Gel paste colours
Clean toothpicks
Water
Brown or black sprinkles/jimmies
A rolling pin
A knife
  1. If you are lucky enough to have coloured fondant, then you can skip these steps! Unless you want white-coloured T-Rexes, you will have to dye your white fondant. Get the gel paste in the colours you want and use a clean toothpick to dab into the gel.
  2. Transfer the gel from the toothpick onto the fondant. Knead and roll until the fondant is completely coloured. Please do not double-dip the toothpick, use a new one if you need more gel for a darker shade.

  3. There are 6 parts to making a T-Rex. You will need to make the head, body, arms, and legs separately. The body is almost in the shape of a triangle. There is the narrow and pointy tail, but the rest of the body remains the same size.

  4. You will need to use a sharp knife to cut the mouth on the head. One sharp cut will do, then gently open the mouth. Fill the mouth with white coloured fondant.

  5. Attach the arms and legs to the body. Use a small dab of water if you need to. The arms on a T-Rex are tiny and short! =)

  6. Using a sharp tip or knife, etch in the teeth. Create a zig-zag pattern along the center of teeth. Add a sprinkle or jimmy to create eyes. Then, carefully attach the head onto the body of your T-Rex. Use a tiny dab of water if you need to. Set it aside to dry.
    My! What GRReat teeth you have!

43 comments:

  1. OH MY GOODNESS! This is such a cute dinosaur! :D Awesome job.

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  2. Thanks Brandy and Avanika. Hope you found the tutorial helpful! =D

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  3. I can barely sit still in my computer chair. This is the absolute cutest fondant figure I've ever seen in my life.

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  4. That is such a cute comment Ali!! =)

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  5. I'm sure the little T-Rex wants to be fierce and all, but he's so cute you just want to cuddle and squeeze him!!

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  6. Bryt, I know! Fondant creatures just look so huggable!

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  7. Thank you so much for the fabulous tutorial! I made a t-rex and stegasaurus for my son and he was over the top excited. I'm posting pics today on my blog and will of course be giving you credit for the wonderful tips!

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  8. Hi Kim!

    I'm so jealous of the dessert table! It is so pretty and your son is a very lucky 4-year-old! I'm going to include it here in case anyone wants to check out your awesome cake: http://blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com/2010/07/06/real-parties-dino-roar/

    Thanks for sharing your blog post with me! =)

    Cheers,
    Sylvia

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  9. How far in advance of a party do you think you could make these fondant dinos? L.

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  10. Hi Anonymous (L.),

    You could make these fondant dinos a week before a party. As long as you keep them in a clean and dry container, but not sealed or in the fridge, they will last for a very long time.

    Cheers!

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  11. Hi :)

    What was the weight measurement you used for each peice?

    I love him he is so adorable :)

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  12. Hi Simone,

    Hmm, that's tough to say, we've never measured the fondant dinos! All I can say is that the T-Rex is about 5-6cm tall. I hope that helps?

    Cheers,
    Sylvia

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  13. Noavy, you're must welcomed! =)

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  14. Hi,

    Loved the blog..but i wish u have more u have more posts in the "How" section..the way u taught this is very simple and extremely clear..so pls do teach more :)

    Thanks

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  15. Hi Ruuchi,

    Thank you! I would like to do more "How" posts too, please be patient with me, I'm so swamped these days!

    Cheers,
    Sylvia

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  16. These are seriously adorable! I must confess that I'm not all that creative but I'd love to try this. Did you just shape the parts of the body freehand? I'm trying to put together a dino bday party for my almost 3-year old. :)

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  17. Hi there,

    Thank you! Yes, the body parts were all made freehand. I think that as long as you get the basic shapes, your 3-year-old will know they're dinos! ;)

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  18. Thanks sooo much for this info!! If you want to be able to eat the dinosaurs can you still make them a month before or should they just be done the week of the party? Also when you store them should they be in a sealed container to stay softer?

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  19. Hi there,

    As long as you store the fondant dinosaurs in a clean, dry, and cool area they will be edible. So if you make them 1 week in advance or a month in advance, it should be fine. I usually don't want my fondant decorations to sag so I don't seal the containers, I leave a little breathing room so they don't go too soft. Otherwise, all your hard work will have gone to waste!

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  20. they are so adorable! :) i will be making them soon! :)

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  21. what do i do if they sweat? do i keep them in the fridge or out?

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  22. Hi Georgia,

    They shouldn't sweat in a dry, cool, room. I've never stored them in the fridge before, so I can't tell you what will happen. Although friends have "saved" our fondant decorations in their fridges before and they appear to be okay that way too.

    Cheers,
    Sylvia

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  23. Thanks for the detailed instructions on making these cute dino toppers. I followed your instructions step by step to make the topper for my son's Dino birthday cake.

    Here are the link to the pictures of party and cake:
    http://turtlecraftygirl.blogspot.com/2011/11/rawr-dinosaur-birthday-party.html

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  24. Tania,

    You outdid yourself! That is one amazing Dinosaur birthday party!! All the details are so well thought out and I love the blue and green theme. Happy belated birthday to your son!

    Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. =)

    Cheers,
    Sylvia

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  25. love it! thanks for the how to! i will be doing t-rex cupcake toppers for my son's b-day party! so fantastic, and cute!

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  26. I'm planning to make these as well as the stegosaurus and the sea creature you have posted as well. I just made the first T-Rex and its very cute looking. Thank you sooo much for posting this! Its so simple but so amazing looking! I never would have thought of it myself. So thank you, thank you, thank you! Our four year old is so pumped to have these at his party.

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  27. SoldiersWife, you're most welcomed!! We hope you share photos of your dinosaurs with us! =D

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  28. How. Would you suggest failing the mouth with teeth? Cutting the white to shape?

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  29. Hi Lydia,

    Yes, you can fill the mouth with a little wedge of white fondant. Then trim off any excess if necessary.

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  30. Absolutely LOVE this dinosaur, my sons first birthday party is a dino theme so I will be making a dino smash cake for him and dino cupcakes for everyone else. Thank-you for sharing the tutorial :)

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  31. Anonymous, thank you! We hope all goes well and please share photos with us! =)

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  32. This is my first time trying fondant and I was wondering how you keep it so smooth while your using it? . . As I attempted to make one it starting drying and cracking a little.

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  33. Anonymous, the trick is to not dry out the fondant. Keep unused fondant tightly wrapped, any exposure to air will dry it out and the fondant will start to crack. When you are using it, work quickly, and try to avoid dusting it with too much icing sugar - which helps when the fondant is too sticky!

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  34. My fondant seems to get limp very quickly....any ideas...my pterodactyl wings are sagging!

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    1. Hi there, are you colouring the fondant with gels? If you are, let it sit for about 3-5 minutes to "dry" off before you start rolling it out and using it. If your fondant is too moist, it won't be able to remain in the shape you'd want it, so even if you're not colouring the fondant with gel, let it sit out for 3-5 minutes before you start sculpting. It won't dry out completely! Plus, it's always easier to add moisture back in (a few drops of water) than to take it out! Hope this helps!

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  35. These are divine! You are very clever! I love these dinosaurs and want to make them as cupcake toppers for my son's 1st birthday party a few weeks in advance. Am I right not to store them airtight in ziplock bags or sealed Tupperware? And not in the fridge? Would a Tupperware container with lid left off be best or something else? Am using Renshaw's decor-ice bought already coloured. Many thanks for the inspiration and tutorial and advice in advance! :-)

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    1. Hi Ruth,

      Thank you for your kind words! ;)

      That's right, don't store them in sealed Tupperware or the fridge. Both will result in a moist and soft fondant dinosaur that won't stay firm. Just keep them on dusted icing sugar or a non-stick silicone mat to prevent them from sticking to the surface. Then store them away from the sun and let them dry. I usually cover them with meshed food nets on silicone mats.

      Hope you share pics and good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Cheers,
      Sylvia

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  36. Dear Sylvia, many thanks for your prompt reply and the advice! The party isn't for 3 weeks but I plan to make these toppers in advance and will store them as you suggested. Should small dinosaurs (to go on a normal sized cupcake) dry suffienciently if left out on a dusted surface uncovered overnight? Is 3 weeks left in a cool dry place but unsealed ok then? I will definitely share pics if successful! Thanks so much again! This blog is brilliant as I can't find answers elsewhere and your cakes are miniature works of art! Thank you! :-)

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    1. Hi Ruth,

      Yes, the small dinosaurs will dry sufficiently overnight and leaving them for 3 weeks in a clean, cool, and dry place is absolutely OK! The dinosaurs preserve quite nicely. ;)

      Thanks again!

      Cheers,
      Sylvia

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  37. Thank you again Sylvia! I am definitely gonna try the dinosaur toppers- T-Rex and stegosaurus! Will send you pics if not a complete disaster! I plan to put them on buttercream covered cupcakes so shall dry them out completely! I hope it works! Happy baking! :-) x

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