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DIY Ruffle Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers

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During these fall months, you can never have too much pumpkin.  Whether you are enjoying it in your latte or using cute minis as part of your decor, you can’t keep pumpkins from popping up everywhere.  Tessa Huff of Style Sweet CA here, and I am sharing these easy DIY Ruffle Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers.  Made from fondant, or your sugar paste of choice, these ruffled pumpkins are both chic and whimsy.


pumpkin cupcake toppers


by Tessa Huff


– fondant or gumpaste
– wooden skewers or lollipop sticks
– orange and green gel food color
– corn starch for dusting
– water of gum glue
– sharp pairing knife
– ball tool
– rolling pin
– gumpaste carving tool
– frill tool or thin paintbrush handle
– foam pad
– small piece of thin cardboard of cardstock
– small paintbrush


makes 1

1. Dye a medium ball of fondant (about the size of your palm, or small fist) orange and about the size of your thumb green.  Keep all fondant that you are not working with wrapped in plastic.

pumpkin template

2. Make a pumpkin template with your think cardboard or cardstock.
3. Dust your work surface lightly with cornstarch and roll out your orange fondant to about 3/8″ thick.
4. Using the template, cut out the pumpkin with a sharp pairing or craft knife.
5. Dip the end of your skewer or lollipop stick into the gum glue or water and carefully insert in into the base of your pumpkin.  Wiggle the stick up the length of the pumpkin, being careful not to puncture the front or back of your pumpkin.

fondant pumpkin

6. Roll out a small piece of the green fondant about 1/4- 1/8″ thick.  Cut out your stem.
7. Using a small amount of water, attach the green fondant on top of the pumpkin where the stem should be.  Using the gumpaste carving tool, mark the stem to give texture.
8. Roll out a small piece of the orange fondant into a long strip.  The fondant should be quite thin.  Trim the strip to be about 3/4″ wide.

pumpkin topper

9. Move the strip to the foam bad.  Using the ball tool (half on the fondant and half on the pad), apply pressure and run the ball down the length of the fondant to frill.  If the fondant is sticky or tears, trying dusting with a bit of cornstarch.
10. Fold the length of the ruffles strip in half.  Cut into smaller piece, about the height of your pumpkin.
11. Apply a small amount of water to the center of the pumpkin.  Glue the folded edge of your ruffle vertical onto the center of the pumpkin.  Trim if necessary.

pumpkin ruffle

12. Continue to adhere more ruffled strips going from the center and out- then around the edges, following the shape of the pumpkin.

pumpkin topper

13. Take a small piece of the green fondant and roll into a thin rope.
14. Wrap the rope around a small frill tool or the handle of a thin paintbrush.
15.  Slide the coiled fondant off the tool and adhere one end to where the ruffles and stem meet.  Let the rest of the “vine” curl on top of the ruffles.
16. Let dry overnight before placing on cupcakes.

pumpkin cupcake toppers

You may find these pumpkins in addition to other cake toppers and sugar flowers at Style Sweet CA SHOP.

By |2018-12-19T16:22:17-07:00November 18th, 2013|Party Decor Projects, Sweets, Thanksgiving|

About the Author:

Tessa Huff is a cake designer, specialty chef, and event stylist. Huff has always perceived pastry as edible art and had been quite the artist herself since a very young age. She began studying ballet and performance art at age four, and continued dancing into her early twenties. Huff has always been involved in music and theatre, and has a great appreciation for art in all of its forms.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of California, Davis, she decided to turn her passion of the culinary arts into a career.

After owning the custom cake boutique, The Frosted Cake Shop, Huff has been busy exploring all aspects of food, photography, and design. She values quality ingredients and challenges herself to use a variety of fresh flavors and textures to create unique sweet and savory pairings. In addition to pastry, Huff is known for her realistic sugar flowers, figures, and sculpted cake toppers. Beyond cakes, Huff loves to style events and create custom dessert tables to showcase individual pastries, homemade candies, and more. She enjoys entertaining and believes that the beauty of a dessert not only lies in the design, but in the display as well. You can her find her most recent work in her portfolio

Huff recently moved from her hometown in Northern California to Vancouver, BC. She is currently expanding her recipe box, polishing her photography skills, a blogging about her new culinary and crafting adventures. In addition to HWTM, you may follow her monthly contributions on Best Friends for Frosting, Bird’s Party, and Half Baked: The Cake Blog. Look out for her work in the upcoming book ”Frostings,” by Courtney Whitmore, this summer. 


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  2. Torie Fraser Hadjis November 19, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! And ingenious! Love it

  3. lyndsay // coco cake land November 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    these are so awesome, tessa! great tutorial – pumpkin ruffly cuteness!

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