For me, nothing inspires new ideas for cupcake toppers more than seeing ones made out of plastic. You know they're probably all going to wind up in landfills! Today's post is the result of my seeing a whole tray of cupcakes topped with (not very cute) duckies at a bakery this morning. Rubber duckies are always a sweet choice, but probably most appropriate for adorning cupcakes or other small desserts served at showers. All you need is stiff consistency royal icing in yellow, orange and white, parchment paper squares, a black Gourmet Writer by AmeriColor, round tips #12, #10, and #3, oval tip #55, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Start by piping the body. Hold the #12 tip at a 45 degree just above a parchment square.
When the white icing has dried, add dots for pupils with the Gourmet Writer. I'm sure these duckies will be happier once I've gotten around to piping them some bars of royal icing soap.