Elephant cupcakes

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Elephant cupcakes


  • 120g sky blue modelling paste
  • 160g grey modelling paste
  • 30g pink modelling paste
  • 10g dark grey modelling paste
  • Black sugar pearls for the eyes

The kids are just going to love these quirky elephant cupcakes. They're much easier to make than you may think, thanks to our step-by-step picture recipe from our cupcake queen, Victoria Threader.

This recipe makes 12 basic vanilla cupcakes but you can choose whatever cupcakes flavour suits you. The cupcakes will take 30 mins to bake in the oven and 1hr and 35 mins to make the toppers.

These cupcakes would be perfect for a kids party or as a special food gift for your friends and family. Want to make a whole zoo? We've got plenty of animal cupcake toppers for you to try including monkeys, tigers and pandas.


  • Deep muffin pan with 12 baking cups
  • Piping bag with Wilton 6b Nozzle (optional)
  • Rolling pin
  • Water brush
  • Sharp knife
  • 5mm, 53mm, 68mm, circle cookie cutters
  • 33mm wavy cookie cutter
  • Fmm scallop tool for the smile (optional)
  • Black edible food colour pen
  • Pin tool or cocktail stick for the trunk
  • 18mm daisy cutter for the tuft of hair
  • Drying sponge (optional)

Step 1

Make up a batch of our basic cupcakes and allow to cool. Whip up our classic vanilla buttercream and either pipe or a swirl onto the cakes or spread a layer with a palette knife.


Step 2

Roll the blue modelling paste to 2mm thick and cut 12x 68mm circles and leave them to dry on a drying sponge or greaseproof paper.


Step 3

Roll the grey fondant out to 2mm thick and cut 12x 53 mm circles for the heads, stick them to the blue topper with a brush of water.


Step 4

Roll the dark grey modelling paste out and cut 12x daisies for the tuft of hair and stick on with a tiny brush of water. Add the sugar pearls for eyes and then draw on the eyebrows with the edible ink pen.


Step 5

Add a smile to one side of the face with the PME scallop tool or the side of a spoon.


Step 6

For the trunk, take a small piece of grey modelling paste and roll a sausage shape, flatten it at one end with your thumb and add two lines across the centre with your pin tool or cocktail stick. Stick them to the face with a brush of water.


Step 7

For the ears, roll the pink modelling paste out to 2mm thick and cut 12x 33mm wavy circles. Using the round side of the cutter, cut the wavy circle in half, leaving the shape round at the top and wavy at the bottom, then use the 53 mm cutter to cut a section away for the head.


Step 8

Stick to the sides of the head with a brush of water and pop 2 pieces of kitchen towel under the ears until they are dry, this probably takes about 15 minutes. Using the off cuts of pink modelling paste, add cheeks by cutting 5mm circles and sticking them on with a brush of water.


Step 9

Place the finished topper on the cupcakes.

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Love these! I have got to try these.

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