Did you know that food can be crafty? It totally can! Think about all of the super sweet bento box lunches you’ve seen that look like little creatures! And what about super adorable cupcakes or awesomely decorated cake balls? Sometimes food absolutely can be crafty!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

I’ve been wanting to do this forever. FOREVER. Back in the day when I was working to start up my own baking business I had developed all sorts of ideas for quick and easy but totally gorgeous cakes. AND I worked up ways to make totally custom cake toppers using fondant which is easily purchased or made. Now to be fair, my skills are a weensy bit rusty but even with minimal skills you can rock out a fabulous cake to ring in the new year!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

For this project you will need:

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Here is my pretty bundt cake being decorated with pretty gold glitter. Search on Amazon for edible glitter OR you can even use powdered sugar from the grocery store or luster powder from the craft store. The luster powder is kind of metallic but definitely not glitter. It’s better than nothing, though!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Isn’t that pretty? Let’s get this thing looking festive for the new year!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

This right here is fondant. This is store-bought fondant and it’s come a long way in recent years, in my opinion. Now I’m not 100% on why I purchased the brown chocolate, but it’s probably because I wasn’t thinking. I stopped at the Hobby Lobby on my way home after a 14-hour drive and totally got the wrong thing BUT I went ahead and made it work ๐Ÿ™‚

My cake being chocolate brown I had intended to grab teal but who knows what happens when the brain gets tired and fuzzy!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Knead your fondant until soft. Wax paper on your work surface will guarantee you’re not trying to peel fondant off of anything difficult like your counter!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Place another piece of wax paper on top of your fondant and roll out to an even thickness. I went with 1/2 an inch.

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Use fondant cutters to cut out your numbers for the new year OR cut the numbers by hand <— this can be super fun and look really unique!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

If using cutters gently push the shapes from the cutters. Smooth fingerprints by rubbing over the fondant. You can also use vegetable shortening to help smooth the shapes. I used my wooden skewers to make polka dots!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

On the backside of each number push a skewer into the fondant. As long as the skewer goes in around 75% in it should hold without covering the skewer from the backside, too.

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Use your edible glitter to decorate your numbers. You can go full glitter or polka dot-like I did. To be honest I wish I went full glitter since my fondant matches my cake so much but I was dedicated to my original polka dot concept if even working with the wrong colors!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

If making dots, brush the excess away.

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Push the skewers gently into your cake and you’re done!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

Now, to be honest, my road-tired mind didn’t even consider trimming my cake so that it would be nice and flat on the bottom and I should have done that for even better results, but it’s still pretty!

Simple and Gorgeous Cake Topper for a New Year!

And did I mention tasty? The total time it took me to make my cake, including back time was about an hour and 5 minutes. Boom! Festive and fast. We’re starting out the new year working smarter rather than harder and I’m digging it! Happy New Year and I can’t wait to share some more crafts and DIY with you in 2016!