Why use non-edible decorations on your Christmas cupcakes when there are edible ones? Edible Christmas toppers are exactly what the name suggests – decorations sitting on top of cupcakes that can be eaten. They come in a wide array of designs, tastes, shapes and colors. Other than the appeasing effect they have on the taste buds, they give a finished look to a cake. To use cupcake toppers, cover the cake in frosting and then put your chosen edible toppers on top. The frosting helps to hold them firmly onto the cake.

Edible cupcake toppers can be bought readymade or you can easily make them at home. Because sugar cubes may be tricky for you to shape, use royal icing to make these edible Christmas cake decorations. While the readymade ones are guaranteed to have a distinct taste, it is more fun making them yourself because you can experiment with different shapes, colors, even flavors. At the end of the cake decoration exercise, you will also have moved a notch higher in your cake making expertise. Again, when you choose to make the toppers yourself, there is room to invent as many different shapes as you like.

Edible Christmas motifs are usually in the form of sugar cubes. When buying them from the store, they will be already curved into fancy shapes and colored. If making them yourself, you will have to shape them yourself. There is no limit to what shapes you can use but being Christmas, it is more realistic to stick to traditional Christmas shapes – you can never go wrong with figurines such as Santa Claus, snowmen, Christmas trees, bells and candy canes. Use different colors, giving precedence to the traditional Christmas colors red, green and white. The color effect is achieved using food coloring and is hand painted onto the motifs to make them come alive.

Edible gold glitter has got to be the most popular edible cake decoration. Do not forget to use some on your cupcakes. It will add a glitzy touch and make them look really special. Other equally glamorous edible Christmas cake decorations are edible gold or silver balls and stars. Firm icing is used to make these. They are readily available in shops but if you trust your icing preparation skills, you can try them at home too. Get the strength of the icing right and you can cut your stars and balls easily.

The easiest edible Christmas toppers to make are candy sprinkles. They are made from hard sugar and can be shaped into canes, berries, snowflake sprinkles and holly. Other edible Christmas motifs you can get for as little as $ 1.50 are mitten cupcake toppers, gingerbread boy cupcake toppers – complete with eyes, noses and buttons, Christmas trees, snowman, stockings, Poinsettia and mitten/snowflake winter hat-scarf-shaped cupcake toppers. Some of these come in dozens or sets of two dozens, meaning a single order is enough to cover all your cupcakes. Of course, if you have made a higher quantity of cupcakes, you will need to buy more toppers.

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