To make flower loops, fold strips in half and brush open ends with decorating brush that has been dipped in water. Gently press ends closed and let dry. To make flower centers, roll ½” in diameter balls of yellow fondant; flatten slightly with fingers and let dry.
Several days in advance: Make fondant loop petals. Knead 24 ounces of white fondant with 2 teaspoons Gum-Tex on Roll & Cut Mat dusted with cornstarch. Divide fondant into 4 ounce portions and tint orange, rose, violet, blue, and two 4 ounce portions yellow. Roll out each section of fondant 1/8” thick and cut 15 strips (2 ½” long x 1/8” wide) for each cupcake.
Bake and cool cupcakes in White Standard Baking Cups and cool completely on Cooling Grid.
Prepare Buttercream Icing recipe. Ice tops of cupcakes smooth with spatula.
Position fondant loops on tops of cupcakes and attach centers with icing. Position cupcakes on Cupcakes ´N More® Dessert Stand.
Wilton's Buttercream Icing Recipe
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approx. 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
YIELD: Makes about 3 cups.
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
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