A: Hi! My name is Elizabeth Sutton [SP]. I am one of the head decorators here at Amanda Oakleaf Cakes. I really enjoy, uh, working here, and being a cake decorator, more specifically a cupcake decorator. You can come visit us at our store front at, dot one north poline [SP] street, Massachusetts. You can also visit our website at oakleafcakes.com, and today I'm going to be talking to you about cupcake decorating. I'm going to be showing you how to make some fondant animal cupcake toppers. The first thing you want to do is take some fondant, and knead it, make sure that it's all incorporated. You want to roll out your fondant. You want the fondant to be thick, and durable. I'm going to give my puppy floppy brown ears. So, you just take a chunk of brown, and roll it between your hands. Then you kind of just want to squish it in your fingers till you get some nice floppy ears for your dog, and then just stick them on. Now you want your puppy to have big brown eyes, because it's cute. Just take a piece of brown, roll it between your fingers, till you have a little ball. Then to give your puppy a very sweet, innocent puppy look, you can even take some white, a really small piece of white, roll it between your fingers, and give him some shine in his eyes like a cartoon character. You want to make sure that they are the same size; otherwise your puppy looks weird. Now you can use brown for his nose. Squish it between your fingers so that you have the right shape. I usually make it a kind of triangle shaped. Now you can use a toothpick, or right now I have some fondant tools right here, to do its nostrils. I have an edible food coloring marker, were going to give this puppy a smile. Maybe, you want to give him some spots on his face, some little freckles. We have some pink over here. Roll a little bit between your fingers, squish it flat, and put it right in the middle of the mouth. Then just take your cutter, and make a line down the middle. So there you have a puppy. So next I'm going to make a pig.
A: What you want to do is, take a medium sized chuck, roll it out, take a cookie cutter and cut out a circle. That's what you make the face out of. Take the extra piece, and from that piece you use a smaller cookie cutter and make the nose. Using the same fondant tool, or a toothpick put some nostrils in there. From that same extra piece, you want to cut out two ears using a square cookie cutter, that way you get some triangles. You want to just fold them in to form a circle, and stick them on. If your fondant is sticky they will usually just stick by themselves, but if not you can just use some simple water, or water with egg white powder. So, taking some brown you can make some little pig eyes. You can also do this with a marker or whatever you have laying around. Now, lastly were going to take a red food coloring marker, and give him a smile. It's pretty cute. Feel free to experiment. You can really make any animal. Just stick it right on the cupcake. Push down a little bit to secure it to the frosting. In the end what you get is an animal cupcake topper like this one.