My friend’s daughter wanted to have tea party for her 4th birthday, so I decided to make a teapot cake with matching teacup cupcakes. It was good practice for me as I was also planning a tea themed birthday party for my daughter…when she turns 4 or 5 (she will be only 3 this year!).
This was my first time working with fondant. I usually avoid using it because taste-wise, I prefer butter-based frosting. With the help of my wonderful sister-in-law, she showed me how to make marshmallow fondant. It is a little softer than regular fondant that you can buy at a store like Michaels, but from what I hear from people, it tastes a little bit better.
I tinted the marshmallow fondant purple/blue and then made a lid, spout, and handle for the teapot. I actually made 2 sets as back-up since I’ve never worked with fondant before and was worried they might crack or break while putting it on the cake. I also made teacup handles and matching plates. I made these about a day before the party, but now realize that making them 2-3 days ahead would have been better as they were not completely dried out and rock solid. They were firm, but easily broke when not handled too carefully.
The teapot was made from carrot cake and the teacup-cakes were carrot and apple spice cakes. I used the large cupcake molds and made a total of 14 teacup cakes, one for every child going to the party.
The party was fun and interactive as the hosts also included a cookie making, baking, and decorating activity for the kids, which was big hit…even for the parents.