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Last Updated on 11th July 2022 by Vicki
Hi all, this post shows how to make these succulent cupcake toppers. I’ve been wanting to make these cupcakes for a while now. So when I saw these flower pot cases, I just knew I had to give them a go, for my mum’s birthday! If you wanted to purchase some of these flowerpot cases, then here’s a link to where I bought them from – Lakeland. These cupcakes would also be perfect for Mother’s Day. If you are interested in this idea, you may also like my daisy cupcake toppers too.
I actually made four different succulent cupcakes, which can be seen below.
The two in this tutorial were definitely the easiest to make out of the four, especially when it came to assembling them. Please note, this post has been updated to include how to make the other two succulents too! Tutorials are at the bottom of the page. Click here to go straight to them.
Succulent Cupcake Topper Tutorial
To make this first topper, I used Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste in Leaf Green. I made the shapes using my sunflower and daisy plunger cutters. It’s important to allow time for the flower paste to dry before decorating and assembling. I left mine to dry overnight in celformers. Celformer flower formers are cups that help to create the shape you need. I’m not sure you can still purchase the celformers that I have, but here’s a link to Wilton’s Flower Formers. These are basically the same thing, but as I don’t have them, I can’t comment on them.
Roll out some green modelling paste to about 5mm thick. This is much thicker than if you were making flower petals, but succulents are much thicker.
Cut out a shape using the largest sunflower cutter. TOP TIP! To help you get clean edges, gently brush around the edges with a food graded brush.
Using a smaller ball tool, apply a gentle pressure to each leaf so you make a long indent. As can be seen above.
Smooth off any bumps in the middle with your larger ball tool.
Gently pinch the ends of each leaf with your fingers to create a point.
You should now have something that looks similar to the image above.
Place the shape in the largest celformer.
Repeat this process with three more layers, each getting smaller. I found missing one size out, as you go down in size, worked better when assembling the succulent. Put the shapes in their corresponding celformers, going down in size as you do so. Cut out 2 of your smallest shape, so you have an extra one. You will see why later!
The smallest one may need to be pushed into the smallest celformer with a tool.
Above you can see all my separate layers, drying in their celformers. I left them overnight to dry.
Decorating The Leaves
The colour I used on the tips of the leaves was Sugarflair’s edible blossom tint in burgundy.
Gently apply the dust to the pointed edges of the succulent with a food graded brush.
Carry on until all the sizes have been dusted.
Assembling The Cupcake Topper
Stick a small amount of modelling paste in the middle of the largest shape as can be seen above. Doing this helps the next layer to stick and also raising it slightly, making it look more realistic.
Secure the second layer in place with a little edible glue or vodka. Try to place the second layer so the leaves are in between the first layer.
Repeat the process again, by applying a tiny ball modelling paste in the middle and then sticking on the next layer.
Repeat the process again for the final layer.
Take one leaf off your extra piece, apply some burgundy dust to the tip.
As with the previous layers, stick a tiny ball of modelling paste in the centre.
Now, stick you extra leaf in the very middle of the plant to fill the hole.
So that’s your first succulent cupcake topper finished! Read on for the second tutorial.
Succulent Cupcake Topper Tutorial 2
You’ll notice that the modelling paste used in the tutorial below is much darker than the cupcake topper I made for my mum. This is because I redid the topper for the tutorial. To make the colour below, I added PME Pea Green food colouring paste to my white modelling paste. To make the colour of the succulent that I gave to my mum, I just mixed some of my white modelling paste with my green modelling paste. I wanted the colour to be a lighter green than what I had used before, so I had a variety of colours.
Roll 6 pieces of modelling paste into equal balls. Mine were about the size of marbles.
Next, roll them into tear shapes.
Repeat the process again, but with slightly smaller balls.
You should now have something resembling the image above.
Next, take a piece of green modelling paste and flatten it into a disc shape. Make sure it isn’t stuck to the surface, before applying a little vodka or edible glue all over the top.
Now, stick the larger tear shapes on the disc shape as can be seen above.
Keep going until all the 6 shapes are on the disc. If needed, you can also apply a little glue to either side of the tear shapes, so they stick to each other.
Now, stick a ball of green modelling paste in the middle, as can be seen above. Apply a little vodka or edible glue to the top.
Apply vodka or edible glue to the flat side of the remaining tear shapes and stick them on top of the first layer. Try to arrange them in between the first layer of shapes.
Keep going until the second layer is complete. Make sure you leave a small hole in the middle.
Form one last tear shape and stick it the remaining hole. Place the topper in a safe place and it leave overnight to set.
Once set, you can enhance your cupcake topper with some edible dust. For this tutorial I used Sugarflair’s Apple Green edible dust.
Preparing The Flower Pot Cupcake Case
I trimmed off the top of my chocolate cupcake until it was about 1cm down the pot.
Next, I piped some chocolate buttercream on top. You could just spoon it on if you preferred.
I blitzed some Oreos in my blender until they resembled soil. I then carefully spooned the Oreo crumbs on top of the buttercream. It’s a good idea to place the cupcake on a small plate while you do this, as the crumbs do tend to go everywhere!
Now all you have to do is place your succulent cupcake toppers on top of your cupcake. It’s a good idea to give it a little twist so it touches the buttercream underneath which helps it to stick.
I hope you found this tutorial useful. I have to say that my mum did look twice to see if they were real plants or cupcakes! If you have a go at making them, I would love to see any photos. Please tag me @acakeonlife on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter so I can see them.
POST UPDATE! New Tutorial!
Hi everyone, I’ve had a few requests to make tutorials for the other succulent cupcakes I made. So here’s the first one!
To make this succulent cake topper, I coloured some white modelling paste light purple using PME Regal Purple food colouring paste.
Make a sausage shape with your modelling paste. Mine was about 1cm thick.
Cut this into 6 equal parts.
Form each part into a flat tear shape.
Use a ball tool to shape each leaf.
Make a flat circle using a piece of purple modelling paste.
Stick the edges of your leaves on the flat circle.
Place the leaves in the largest celformer and leave overnight to dry.
Continue the leaf making process to make 5 slightly smaller leaves and 4 even smaller leaves.
Repeat again to make 6 tiny leaves.
Take two of the smallest leaves and stick a ball of modelling paste in one, as can be seen above.
Now stick the other leaf on top, pinching it at one end.
Squeeze the pinched end together to create a diamond shape. These will be your middle leaves.
Leave all the leaves to dry overnight.
Assembling The Succulent
Once dry you can shade the edge of the leaves. I used Sugarflair Blush Pink dust to shade mine.
Dust the edges of all the leaves.
Place a piece of purple modelling paste in the middle, as can be seen above. This will help to secure your next layer.
Stick your next largest leaves on your topper. Try to place them in the middle of the leaves below if you can. Next, place another blob of purple modelling paste in the middle.
Now repeat with the next size down.
Repeat with you final four leaves.
Finally, stick the middle leaves on your topper.
That’s the topper finished! Please note, the amount of leaves made are only a guide, you made need more or less. Also, each topper will turn out different. You can see the one in my tutorial is slightly different to the one that I made for my mum.
2nd Post Update!
So here’s the final succulent cupcake tutorial! I would say out of the four, that this is the hardest one to make. The one in this tutorial differs slightly to the one I made my mum, as I wanted it to be easier to make. The topper is made from Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste in Leaf Green.
Place a flat disc of green modelling paste in a large celformer. TOP TIP : Use cornflour underneath the paste to ensure it doesn’t stick to the celformer.
Take a piece of green modelling paste and form it into cone shape. Mine was about 5cm long and 1cm at its widest.
TOP TIP : Using a cake soother to form the cone, will ensure a smooth finish.
Next, form a triangle shape along the top of the cone and press the base flat. Then, flatten the wide end.
Now stick your leaf on the disc, letting it overlap the sides of the celformer.
Repeat this process to make three other similar sized leaves. Stick them together as can be seen above.
If you can still see some of the disc below the leaves, then neaten with your brush.
To make your leaves more realistic, you could dry them at different heights. To do this, just prop them up slightly with a food graded product.
Repeat the leaf making process to make four more leaves. Make them roughly the same length as before but slimmer. Place the leaves to dry on something curved. I used my rolling pin.
Lastly, make four more slimmer leaves about 4cm long. Then make one smaller leaf.
Stick the four leaves around the smallest one, as can be seen above.
This is the middle of the plant and needs to dry upright. I used some tin foil in an eggcup to help keep it vertical.
Now leave all your leaves to dry overnight. It is important that they are hard enough to withstand being assembled. Once your curved leaves are dry, it’s a good idea to take them off the curved item, so the underneath can dry fully too.
Finishing Touches And Assembling The Topper
Once the leaves have hardened, paint white dots all over them. I used my white Fractal Colours Calligra Edible Ink Brush Pen to do this.
Stick a circle of green modelling paste in the middle and brush some vodka over it. Leave it for a few seconds to go tacky.
Now stick a curved leaf onto the tacky modelling paste. Position it in between two leaves on the first layer.
Repeat with the other three curved leaves. Position them as can be seen above.
Now stick another disc of green modelling paste in the middle. This will help to secure the second layer and support the final layer. Brush this again with vodka and allow to go tacky.
Stick the middle of the plant in position. Use a brush to neaten any excess and reinforce the join between the fresh modelling paste and the middle the plant.
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Until next time, thanks and happy cake decorating!