How To Make A Cupcake Terrarium

Cupcakes are transformed into an edible woodland fantasy in this easy to make project. A perfect display for a fall sweet table or wedding party, this cupcake terrarium will wow your guests.

Note: Gum paste does not like moisture so if you place the finished cupcakes in the fridge the leaves will start to wilt. Your best bet is to add the leaves to the cupcakes just before presentation. 

Also Note: The novelty deer featured in the picture above have been discontinued. We have different novelty deer available to place in your shopping cart below, but be aware that they are slightly smaller than the novelties featured.

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Step 1: Two Days in Advance, Make Leaves

Tint the gum paste two shades of green. (We used yellow and green paste for the bright green color and yellow, green and a touch of black paste for the everygreen color).

Pull out two small portions of each color and leave the remainder covered tightly in the bucket or in a zipped plastic bag. Lightly knead the two colors together but don't mix them completely.

On a surface covered lightly with powdered sugar, roll the marbelized gum paste as thinly as possible (1/16" or so) and use the leaf cutter set to cut out a variety of leaves. Repeat with remaining gumpaste as necessary.

Place them on a parchment covered tray and leave them to dry overnight. The next day, flip them over and let them dry an additional day.

Step 2: Arrange display

Bake chocolate cupcakes in the different sized liners and ice with a dark fudge icing.

Arrange the various sizes on your serving tray, place the deer and greenery where you think they look good.  

Add the mushrooms and then use a touch of buttercream on the stand to adhere additional mushrooms.

Sprinkle the whole display with chocolate wafer crumbs to finish.

Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
Brown Baking Cups - Set of 32
Deer Novelties - Set of 6
Mini Red Gum Paste Mushrooms - Set of 6
Fat Daddio's Pro Gum Paste - 1lb
3/4 oz Leaf Green Gel Paste Food Coloring
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