6 Animal Crossing Cupcake Ideas
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Last Updated on 2nd May 2022 by Vicki
Hi all! What do you think of these 6 Animal Crossing cupcake ideas? I made them last week to celebrate my daughter’s half birthday. Her birthday is just after Christmas, so we have a little tradition of a half birthday celebration tea party in July. She’s still loving Animal Crossing, so it had to be the theme for her cupcakes! This post shows you how I made these fun Animal Crossing cake decorations!
As with all my tutorials, I used vodka to stick them together, but you can always use an edible glue if you wish. There is also a full list of all the items used at the bottom of the page.
List Of Animal Crossing Themed Cupcake Topper Tutorials
As there are 6 Animal Crossing cupcake ideas, I have made a list below which you can click and it will take you straight to the tutorial you want. I also have a video tutorial of me making the Tom Nook and Isabelle cupcake toppers too.
- Tom Nook Cake Topper Tutorial
- Isabelle Cake Topper Tutorial
- Tom Nook and Isabelle Video Tutorial
- Animal Crossing Bell Bag Cake Topper Tutorial
- Animal Crossing Coins Cake Topper Tutorial
- Fossil Cake Topper Tutorial
- Envelope Cake Topper Tutorial
These Animal Crossing cupcake toppers were made from The Modelling Paste. I’m fairly new to using this modelling paste and I am really liking it. It takes colour really easily and doesn’t dry out too quickly either. For many of the toppers I used my favourite PME Old Gold food colouring paste. I absolutely love this colour as it’s so versatile. It is a great colour to have in your collection. The shades you can achieve from it is off white/ivory through to a dark caramel brown, as you will see in these tutorials.
How To Make A Tom Nook From Animal Crossing Cupcake Topper
To make the colour for Tom Nook, I coloured the white modelling paste with PME Old Gold. Using a toothpick, I gradually added the colour to the paste until I got my desired shade.
Shaping The Head
Form a ball of modelling paste into an oval shape.
Flatten the upper part with your finger.
Form a pointed nose by gently pinching with your fingers.
Making The Face
Mark the eyes with a ball tool.
Bridge the gap between the eyes with a bone tool. This creates a curved indent across the top of the face.
Fill this indent with some dark brown modelling paste and secure with your fingers. I coloured my modelling paste brown with Sugarflair’s Dark Brown food colouring paste.
Mark two eyes holes with a bone tool. Move the tool upwards and downwards to create an oval shape.
Fill the eyes with two balls of white modelling paste. Secure with a bone tool, again moving upwards and downwards to make them an oval shape. Create two small holes in the white paste with the smaller end of a ball tool.
Fill these two holes with small balls of blue modelling paste.
To create the eyelids, form a small piece of modelling paste into a ball and then flatten with your fingers. Cut this in half and stick on the upper part of the eyes.
To make the ears, form two small balls of paste and flatten them slightly with your fingers. Make sure one end is thicker than the other. Use a bone tool to make indents in the ears, as can be seen above.
Stick the ears at the back of the head, as can be seen above.
Now leave your topper to dry before adding the finishing touches! I usually leave my toppers overnight, to be sure they are fully dry.
Once dried, you can add some brown dust to Tom Nooks nose. I use a dusting brush to do this. The dust I use is PME Chocolate Brown.
Add some of the brown dust to the top of Tom Nook’s ears.
Lastly, stick two balls of pink modelling paste or fondant in the ears and flatten with a bone tool.
Once finished, I stuck the topper onto a premade disc of white modelling paste.
How To Make An Isabelle From Animal Crossing Cupcake Topper
I made the colour for Isabelle again using PME Old Gold. You can see how versatile this colour is. To make Isabelle I just added a small amount of food colouring paste.
Shaping The Head
Using the same size piece as you did for Tom Nook’s head, form your modelling paste into a thick square shape with curved corners.
Flatten the top part with your finger.
Your modelling paste should look something similar to the image above.
Making The Face
To create the muzzle, use a bone tool to make an indent in the lower part of the face.
Fill the indent with white modelling paste. Make two eye holes with the small end of a ball tool. Move upwards and downwards to make them oval.
Add two balls of black modelling paste to the eyes
Add two sausages of black modelling paste above the eyes for eyebrows. Make them slightly tapered at the ends.
Add two tear shaped pieces of modelling paste above the eyes. Texture with a knife tool.
Use the scriber end of the knife tool to mark small holes in either side of the face. Fill these holes with brown modelling paste. I used the same colour that I used to make Tom Nook.
Add an oval shaped piece of black modelling paste for the nose and mark the mouth with a knife tool.
Add two white dots of modelling paste for the eyes. The ears were again made from the same colour as Tom Nook. Form long tear shapes, the same length as Isabelle’s face.
Stick them on either side of the head and texture with the knife tool.
Stick Isabelle onto a premade disc of white modeling paste.
Take a piece of each colour and form them into a tube. Make an indent in the cream paste and place the brown inside. Roll together to join.
Mould into the shape of Isabelle’s ponytail.
Trim to size and then stick onto Isabelle’s head.
Stick a strip of red modelling paste or fondant around the ponytail.
Add two balls of grey modelling paste onto the red strip for bells. Stick a thin piece of grey paste into the mouth.
Below is a video of me making my Tom Nook and Isabelle from Animal Crossing cupcake toppers. Read on to learn how to make the other toppers.
How To Make An Animal Crossing Bell Bag Cake Topper
I again used PME Old Gold to make the colour for the bell bag.
Form a piece of modelling paste into a pear shape with a flat base.
Mould the top so it is narrower and curves slightly to one side.
Use a cone tool to mark a hole in the top.
I used my star plunger cutter to make a star shaped indent in the paste. Make sure the plunger is pressed down as you gently push it into your bell bag.
Your bell bag should now look similar to the image above.
Form a thin strip of red modelling paste.
Place this around the neck of the bag, making sure the ends cross over. I shaped mine with a blade tool. Leave to dry.
Once the topper is dry, you can add a brown star to the bell bag and then stick it onto a premade white disc.
How To Make An Animal Crossing Coin Cake Topper
To make the coins, I used Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste in Daffodil Yellow. I did use my airbrush to colour them gold, but you could just keep them yellow.
Roll out your modelling paste until it’s about 3mm thick. Make sure it’s not sticking to your mat before cutting out a small circle.
To make the ridge around the outside of the coin, I used the handle end of my star plunger cutter. Keep the circle cutter in place and gently press down with the handle end.
Your coin should now look like the image above.
Now use the other end of the star plunger cutter to cut out a star and stick it in the middle of your coin. Leave to dry.
As I mentioned earlier, once the coins were dry, I airbrushed my coins gold. You can also get edible gold paint or make a paint by mixing gold dust with vodka or rejuvenator spirit.
How To Make An Animal Crossing Envelope Cake Topper
You can probably guess what colour I used to make the envelope! Yep, you’ve guessed it…. PME Old Gold!
Roll out the modelling paste and cut out a rectangle.
Now cut out a triangle and stick it on the upper part of the rectangle.
Lastly, stick a dot of red modelling paste or fondant on the point of the triangle.
Animal Crossing Fossil Cake Topper Idea
To make the fossil I used white and purple modelling paste. To make the colour purple, I used PME Regal Purple food colouring paste.
Roll a tube of white modelling paste making it thinner at one end. Mine was about 5cm long.
Roll the tube to form a fossil shape. Cut out a small star with the plunger cutter. Leave these to dry hard.
Take a piece of purple modelling paste and form it into a circle shape. Keep it quite thick. Press the hardened fossil into the purple shape.
Press the hardened star into the side of the purple shape. Cut out a cross shape with a knife tool, as can be seen above.
Shape the edges to look more like a rock and leave to harden.
Once it has hardened, fill the cross with a small amount of white modelling paste. You can now stick it onto a premade disc if you wish.
I hope you like these Animal Crossing themed cupcake ideas. They went down a treat with my girls! You may also like to take a look at the Animal Crossing birthday cake that I made earlier this year.
Items Used In These Tutorials
Below is a list of all the items that I used in the 6 Animal Crossing cupcake idea tutorials.
- The Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/37gKyIN
- Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste in Daffodil Yellow : https://tidd.ly/3Ca28N8
- Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste in Dahlia Black. Used For Isabelle’s eyes and nose : https://tidd.ly/3jcIhUF
- Old Gold Food Colouring Paste (PME) : https://tidd.ly/2TMVf2H
- Regal Purple Food Colouring Paste (PME) : https://tidd.ly/3zZ0pYN
- Ocean Blue Food Colouring Paste (PME) Used to make the Tom’s blue eyes : https://tidd.ly/3if9UNw
- Hot Pink Food Colouring Paste (PME) Used to make Tom’s pink ears. : https://tidd.ly/37lmDrD
- Sugarflair Extra Red Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/3zXeshJ
- Sugarflair Dark Brown Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/37lmR1X
- Star Plunger Cutter : https://amzn.to/3ecZuvn
- Geometric Cutter Set. I used the small circle cutter to make the coins. : https://tidd.ly/3rOPFcX
- Ball Tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- Bone Tool : https://tidd.ly/3ikaCsM
- Serrated and Taper Cone Tool : https://amzn.to/3hAZk3h
- Knife and Scriber Tool : https://amzn.to/3wDQllU
- Dusting Brush : https://tidd.ly/3jfJWc2
- PME Chocolate Brown Edible Dust : https://amzn.to/3xOR7Ok
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WOW, The modelling is superb
Thank you so much!