Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Library Book Cupcake Tutorial

Over the weekend a cousin of mine graduated with a Masters degree in Library Science and I decided to make some cupcakes. So I did some internet (and Pinterest) research and got ideas.

I love to cook and bake but I am not the best artist and I have little patience for sticky frosting, but I thought I'd give it a try. So this tutorial is meant for anyone. The end result was pretty awesome (if I say so myself) but it really is very simple to accomplish. I got the idea for the fondant book here.

I have the Michael's app downloaded on my phone so I had a 50% off coupon. I got Duff's red and white fondant and his tool kit there. I ended up with WAY too much fondant so I would suggest buying a smaller batch.

I started with a boxed cake mix that you can buy at any grocery store in Devil's Food flavor. I was too nervous about the little red, fondant books so I had no interest in messing around with a batter. Like I said, I was trying to make this as easy and simple as possible.

To start, I laid some parchment paper on my table and tore off little chunks, about an inch square, of the white fondant and pressed it with my hands into a little rectangle. *some of these pictures are not very good, it was late at night and there was no natural light.

Then I took one of the tools in my kit and pressed 'page' lines into one long side of the rectangle.

That's it. Book done. But it's naked. The book needs a cover.

Next I took abut a quarter cup of the red fondant and rolled it out to about (I don't measure, I guestimate) 1/8th inch thick. I would get about 4 'book covers' out of that amount. I just lay my white book down, and cut around it being sure to leave the 'spine' of the book un-cut. I then pushed my book over so the top of the book with it's red cover is facing up. Then I finished cutting around the book.

Next, I took another tool (really, anything that can press thin lines into the fondant will work-like a tooth pick) and press a line on the front and back of the book on either side of the 'spine' and two lines on the top of the spine and two lines on the bottom of the spine.

Voila! The red fondant book is complete! Now just make 23 more of these and your good to go (if you're making 24 cupcakes which a ready mix will do).

To finish off the cupcake, I bought (again, saving time and sanity)  whipped cream frosting from the store. I used a frosting piper to pipe it over the cupcakes. Then I placed the little red book on top.

Next, I plopped the whole cupcake inside a clean, white ruffled cupcake holder from Wilton (also bought at Michaels) just to make the cupcake look cleaner. I love the idea of using cardstock but I ran out of time so I just used the ruffled cupcake holders.

To make the little printed papers, I printed the Grimm's Fairy Tales on cardstock and then used some decorated scissors to clip out the paper. I used little scrapbook stickers to stick the card to the white ruffled part of the cupcake.

Voila again! That's it! You're all done!


  1. Stacy that fondant will keep for up to a year, maybe even longer! So you'll be able to use for other projects ;)!!! You can also make marshmallow fondant from scratch for around $2 a batch. It takes a little time but is fairly simple and a lot cheaper but it won't keep very long.

    1. Thanks Jeny! That's good to know. I didn't know what I was getting into since I've never bought/used fondant before. I have SO much left lol. It's not the best tasting so I think the marshmallow would be a better option. It's not something I plan on doing a lot of, but it was fun! (Do I just keep the fondant in the fridge?) :)

    2. No as long as it's air tight it will keep in your pantry.

  2. OMG! I love them!