“Poké Balls evolve GlamMa!” informed my two-thumb phone scrolling five year old grandson. The conversation became intense as he rattled on about the evolution of Poké Balls. And in an eureka moment, listening to his non-stop chattering of the game, the Pokemon Cupcake Toppers design arrived just in time.
Being labeled in his eyes as an uninformed ancient lady isn’t featured anywhere in the repertoire of my life. And this GlamMa had to provide proof that she’d listened and learned from the Pokémon obsessed grandson.
Sitting at the design desk to sketch, the evolving Poké Balls became a GO! And this tutorial, Pokemon Cupcake Toppers, is the result of a non-stop talking dude.
And what better way is there to evolve in life than to share a special day with like-minded Pokémon absorbed friends? Mega thanks goes out to his guests. Mason’s Pokémon GO! 6th birthday party evolved without a Poké Ball miss.
Evolving is the sweet way of life. And this party made this GlamMa’s heart feel good. Real Pika Pika good!
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Pokemon Cupcake Toppers – Equipment Required
The Pokemon Cupcake Toppers tutorial equipment includes: Pokémon GO! Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball and Master Ball. Makes 8 toppers
- Wilton Fondant Roller
- 2.5″ Smooth Foam Balls
- Saran or Plastic Wrap
- Self-Healing Mat
- Circle Plunger Cutters
- Circle Cookie Cutters
- Smooth Foam Block
- 4″ Bamboo Skewers
- Pre-colored Fondant
- Ceramic 3″ Paring Knife
- Sugar Paste Extruder
- FMM Upper Case Block Tappit Cutters
- 1 3/4″ Quilting Pin
Step 1: Insert a 4″ bamboo skewer into the eight (8) smooth foam balls. Wrap the smooth foam ball with saran wrap or plastic wrap. Insert the stick attached to the ball into the smooth foam block; set aside.
Step 2: Using the fondant roller, roll-out the white fondant. Cut-out four (4) circles with the orange circle cookie cutter. With the smallest circle plunger cutter punch-out eight (8) circles. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
Step 3: With the fondant roller, roll-out fondant colors red, blue, purple and black. With the orange circle cookie cutter, cut-out one (1) of each color. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
Sweet tip: it’s best to cut-out all the white fondant before colored fondant.
Step 4. Using the fondant roller, roll-out black fondant. Cut-out eight (8) black circles with the orange cookie cutter. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
Sweet Tip: after cutting out the black fondant, be sure to clean the board and tools.
Step 5: Form the black fondant circles onto the smooth foam balls; set aside.
Step 6: Using the self-healing mat, line-up the circles with the mat’s ruler guides. Cut both circles in half with a ceramic flat-edge knife.
Step 7: Line and slightly overlap a white and red half-circle
Sweet TIp: if the fondant doesn’t adhere to the black fondant, dab a small amount of water on the red or white half-circle, being careful to not smear the black coloring onto the top fondant pieces.
Step 8: Cut-out the center hole with the largest circle plunger. With the ceramic flat-edge knife, trim the center of the halves, remove the inserts with a toothpick and smooth the edges with fingers. Trim the black fondant that is exposed underneath around the edges.
Step 9: Using the smallest white fondant circle cut-out, dab water on the back of the circle and place in the center of the black circle.
Step 10: Repeat the process with the other three (3) colors and white fondants. Lightly cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
Step 11: Instructions on how to make the Great Ball, Ultra Ball and Master Ball.
Great Ball – roll fondant into a log and insert into an sugar paste extruder. Using an oblong disc, extrude red fondant. With a paintbrush dab water on the red oblong; attach and slightly curve the sides to the black fondant; trim.
Ultra Ball – roll fondant into a log and insert into an extruder. Using an oblong disc, extrude yellow fondant. With a paintbrush dab water on the yellow oblong; attach and curve the sides; place one strip across the top and smooth the lines with fingers; trim.
Master Ball – with a fondant roller, roll-out hot pink fondant and use the green circle cutter. Cut in half with a ceramic flat-edge knife.
Step (b): With a paintbrush, add a dab of water; attach the half-circle to the purple fondant and trim the back edges.
Step (c): Roll-out a thin piece of gum paste; cut small squares and allow to dry for 5-minutes. Lightly dust the FMM Upper Case Tappit Cutter with cornstarch; turn-over and tap-out the excess. Place the tappit face down and in a circular motion, embed the gum paste. Smooth the edges of the letter with fingers.
Take a quilting pin and loosen the edges of the letter, carefully removing it from the tappit. Trim the letter points off to make the letter ‘M’ appear to be the correct font.
With a paintbrush, dab a tiny bit of water onto the back of the ‘M’; attach to the purple fondant; arrange and straighten the letter with the quilting pin.
Final Step: Cover the toppers lightly with plastic wrap; allow the Pokemon Cupcake Toppers to dry and form into a ball shape for the cupcakes.
Sweet tip: the toppers can be made ahead of time.
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Here's to the sweet life,