These hot air balloon cupcakes are so much fun and are the ideal thing to make with the kids as they are actually very straight forward to make. They will love colouring, rollling and cutting out the icing and will enjoy eating them even more!
The night before you need them (or longer as they last well in a cardboard cake box) roll out the sky blue modelling paste to 2mm thick and cut 12 x 68mm circles and leave them to dry on a drying sponge or greaseproof paper. When colouring the paste leave a few white streaks to give it a hazy blue sky effect.
For the Balloons it is quicker to roll the yellow, red, green and navy paste and cut as many petal shapes as you can. Remember to wipe the cutter between cutting the different colours.
Using the 68mm circle cutter cut the middle from the green, or any other colour you like, paste, this will be your guide to the rest of the colour.
Again, using the 68mm cut the outside sections from the coloured petals and with a brush of water stick them around the green centre. When you have 5 strips of colour, smooth with tips of your fingers and trim the bottom to a straight edge. Stick the balloon to the topper with a brush of water.
For the baskets cut small squares of chocolate fondant and add texture using a sharp knife, then add to the topper under the balloon. For the ropes roll tiny sausage of brown fondant and stick with a dot of water.
To add the bunting to the basket, cut thin strips and tiny triangles of orange paste and stick them on with a brush of water. For the birds – Using the black edible ink pen draw a couple of birds on the toppers and leave to dry overnight.