Coolest Christmas Ornaments

I knew that I would bake everyone’s Christmas presents this year to save money. I knew they would be cupcakes or individual cakes, but I had no clue what design until I stared searching on the internet and found several versions of Christmas ornament cupcakes. I was going to do rum cakes, but decided kahlua chocolate cakes added a bit more uniqueness to my concept.

In shopping around for cupcake boxes I came across the Wilton round mini cakes pan. I baked my cakes. Iced each individual cake with buttercream icing and connected two halves to make full circle ball shapes. Covered each ball with fondant. Brushed pearl dust on each ornament, then made individual designs on each.

On some I piped on royal icing and brushed on more pearl dust after slightly dried. Others, I mixed different shades of pearl dust with lemon extract to make paint then hand-painted designs on the cakes.

For the hook part of the ornament, I formed fondant and painted with the silver dust paint mixture and let dry over night. I then attached the hook with a dab of buttercream. I let the entire ornament cake dry 24 hours before packaging.

Time consuming, but definitely worth the looks on everyone’s faces when they opened them up. They were definitely a hit, no one wanted to eat them because they were so beautiful.

7 thoughts on “Coolest Christmas Ornaments”

  1. I love your talent. They really are beautiful and you’ve inspired me to try them. I guess you have to be a patient person to take the time on something like this.

  2. Melanie,
    This is a great idea. I am definitely going to steal this for my Christmas present idea this year. It looked like you put the cupcakes in a plastic ornament tray when you were finished did you find that these were too flimsy? Before I start, I want to be sure I can find something to put them in. Where can I get empty plastic ornament trays like this?

  3. I have seen some people put the ornaments surrounded by tissue paper like a fragile glass ornament. I love this idea and am doing it also this Christmas!

  4. I believe this is one of the easiest out of the 20+ recipes that I’ve looked at so far. I knew I wanted to do something different for my holiday party this year and you just gave me my solution!!!

  5. Hi i am a person who when something catches my eye i have to do it ,THESE really caught my eye ,Just really started playing with fondant and i love it .I have already made the balls,But i could not find a round pan so molded tinfoil over a small ball and used the mold to make them,Hope i can find the pan tho.So tomorrow i will be giving these a shot your directions are very helpful thanks for a great idea for the holidays

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