These cherry pie cupcakes don’t actually have cherries in them but have a fun cherry pie cupcake topper. Give these decorative cupcakes a try and you’ll be sure to wow the crowd. Lisa from Fabulous Habits was immediately inspired after watching Waitress on Broadway in New York City and created these Cherry Cupcakes. They’be be perfect for any Thanksgiving dessert table or summer cookout spread!
It isn’t too hard to create the decorative toppings for this batch of cupcakes. Working with fondant should never be intimidating. All it takes is small fondant balls to make up the “cherry filling” and a bit of white fondant and brown gel food coloring to complete the “crust.” When you use your imagination and you’ll find yourself creating some of the most impressive cupcakes!
How to Make Cherry Pie Cupcakes
To make these cherry pie cupcakes you’ll need to make your favorite cupcakes using a white or yellow cake mix or your favorite homemade vanilla cake recipe. If you don’t already have these items on hand you can pick them up at your local craft store or have them conveniently shipped to you from Amazon.
You’ll want to use red cupcake liners to complete the look, although brown will work too!
You can make your favorite buttercream frosting recipe and add some red food coloring or you can purchase ready made red decorating icing.
To create your cherry pie cupcake topper, you’ll need red fondant, white fondant and brown food coloring to tint it brown for the crust.
- 12 vanilla cupcakes
- Red icing
- 3 to 4 oz. red fondant
- 2 to 3 oz. white fondant
- Brown gel food coloring
- Cool cupcakes before decorating. Frost each cupcake with red decorating icing. Set aside.
- Line a clean working surface with wax paper and roll out numerous little balls from your red fondant (about ¼ of an inch in size) and place them neatly on wax paper.
- Add two or three drops of brown gel food coloring to your white fondant and knead until completely tinted.
- Divide brown fondant into twelve sections (about ½ inch balls) and then roll them into long strips.
- Place red fondant balls on the frosted cupcakes.
- Take your fondant strips and place around the outside of each cupcake.
- Go along the light brown fondant and pinch to create the “flute” effect of an actual pie crust.
- Store in airtight container until ready to serve.
And that is all there is to making these adorable decorative cupcakes!
If anyone asks you, “Is your cupcake trying to disguise itself as a cherry pie?” then you can just nod and take a bite out of this delicious treat.
Thanks Lisa for this cute cupcake idea!