National Cupcake Week, Day Three – Cut Out Decorations

When it comes to decorating cupcakes it’s often the simplest ideas that give the most eye catching effect.  Cut out decorations are one of the easiest and quickest ways to decorate a cake and is a technique I often lean toward when tarting up basic flavours for Pet Lamb.  Add a flower here, a butterfly there and you’re left with something much more attractive than just a plain old vanilla covered in sprinkles.

To start with you need your cutters.  I have a huge collection of cutters but these three are my sure fire favorites.  A simple blossom, rose and butterfly cutter pared with your favorite coloured fondant and you’re ready to go.  You can pick items like these up at any cake decorating store or even Amazon for some speedy next day delivery.

To make the cute lil flowers above all you need to do is follow these simple steps.  First, roll out some green fondant to around 5mm thick and stamp out six shapes with your medium rose cutter and lay each ‘leaf’ into the indentation in an artists palate (I got mine from Paperchase, 60p each).

Next do the same with your pink fondant and stamp out six shapes with your medium blossom cutter.  Lay the blossoms over the leaves at a slightly offset angle ensuring that you can still see a little green poking through the petals.  Give the middle of each flower a little dusting of pink luster dust and leave to set for 24 hours.  Once set, slide the flowers from their little home and you’re ready to decorate!

For the butterflies follow the steps for the flowers but rather than leaving to dry in a palate make yourself a little paper nest for them to set.  Grab the cover of an old magazine, cut it into thick strips and fold them into little Constantina so they make an M shape when stood on a table.  Place the butterflies into the V shape and leave to dry for 24 hours.

And voilà, there you have cupcakes that will wow and amaze your friends and family.  Happy decorating!


  1. I Like Ginger Biscuits
    September 15, 2011 / 1:16 pm

    Those look so pretty! I love the flowers. Thanks for sharing! ­čÖé

  2. Janice
    September 15, 2011 / 9:12 pm

    Absolutly stunning!

  3. Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog
    September 15, 2011 / 11:10 pm

    so cute! love themNom!

  4. Kc
    September 16, 2011 / 2:41 am

    I love the little blossom idea! ­čÖé while I love making elaborate flowers sometimes it's nice to stick with something simple and easy ­čÖé Kc

  5. MissMathful
    September 16, 2011 / 7:56 am

    i love the butterflies they are so cute

  6. Nicola
    September 16, 2011 / 1:13 pm

    So stunning. I especially love the butterflies. Lovely work ­čÖé

  7. daisychain
    September 16, 2011 / 5:09 pm

    saving this post. amazing.

  8. Rosie [a rosie outlook]
    September 17, 2011 / 8:37 pm

    Just found your blog and excitedly reading back through all your posts. Have been looking for a post for ages that shows the different nozzles used for cupcake icing, in the end I just bought a 1M nozzle on a whim and I'm chuffed to see from your photos it was exactly what I was looking for! (Haven't used it yet). Also loving that shimmer spray, going to have to get some of that!xxx

  9. Rachael
    September 18, 2011 / 8:32 am

    They look great! Cupcakes are definitely less daunting to decorate than a full cake!

  10. Victoria
    September 25, 2011 / 8:15 am

    Er, WOW!!! Your blog is amazing. I now want to make butterflies for my cupcakes! x

  11. Anonymous
    October 4, 2011 / 10:43 am

    Katie, where do you get your cutters from?I have been searching around and have not found anything…maybe i am looking in the wrong place?

  12. Luxury Flats Lady
    April 12, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Beautiful, these almost look too pretty to eat!

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