Cupcakes with Rosemaling.
Gel Food colors
Unused paint brushes — thick and thin
Choose a pattern and the colors that you would like in your rosemaling. I wanted three colors and chose to highlight them in brown. I worked freehand, but if you’re not comfortable with this, make a sketch or even do a quick water color as a guide.
Start with a ball of marzipan or fondant that you think would cover the top of your cupcake, when flattened. Roll this bit into a perfect call, then flatten. I flattened these with my hand and then, evened them out with a rolling pin. Trim edges to make a perfect circle. You will need one top, per cupcake.
If you won’t be doing this quickly, cover with plastic wrap to keep the paste softened. You want it to remain soft so that when you cover the cupcake, it will be pliable and won’t crack.
After forming these circular tops, prepare the gel colors. I did so by using 1) gel in it’s original form and 2) dabbing a small amount into a small cup that I added miniscule amounts of vodka to for thinning. This worked perfectly.
Begin by using your broad brush in a thinned stoke of color. Once you’ve done the main flourishes, add details with smaller paint brushes or toothpicks.
Once you’ve decorated the rounds, place them over the tops of your muffins. I had lemon muffins and dabbed a little lemon curd on the top to help hold the top in place but, you could you icing or cream, as well.
If you aren’t using these right away, cover loosely with plastic wrap to maintain moisture.