Shopkins. I had no idea what a Shopkin was until my 3 year old went to a Shopkin birthday party late last year. A couple months later, and you can’t escape them! They are everywhere and they seam to appeal to a wide age range of young girls. So by the time a close friend of mine asked if I could help with her daughters Shopkin birthday treat, I at least knew what they were!
She asked me to do the treats the week of the party, so cupcakes were the obvious answer on a few days notice. So I started that same night on the cupcake toppers since I knew they would need a night of drying time to complete them. The thing with royal icing toppers, or cookies for that matter, they don’t take a up a lot of actual man hours, but you have to plan on the drying time. If there are multiple layers of icing, they may take multiple nights to complete, but that time only adds up to about an hour or two for a couple dozen. Once I had my template ready, I put it under some wax paper and did the first layer. This is what night one looked like.
I started with the eyeballs putting down the white, then pink, then black, and finishing with the white dot all in succession. You want to do them all at once, one eyeball set at a time, so that the top colors meld into the bottom ones to look like one surface. While the eyes were drying, I then did the outline of the blue icing top and filled in two layers that were not touching. I let everything sit for about a half hour and then went back and did the yellow body. Once that sat for a half hour, I finished with the other two blue icing layers and the little arms. I decided that was enough for the night and would finish the rest the next day.
On the following night, I added the feet, crown, bow, sprinkles, and face. With everything very dry from the night below, I didn’t have to worry about messing up the base layer or pushing through the icing crust that was forming as I added the details.
Once the toppers where completely dry, I peeled them off the wax paper and put them in an air tight container until the day of the party. Since the party was at 3pm, I baked the cupcakes that morning. After letting them cool, I whipped up some buttercream in the coordinating pink color and topped them with the Shopkins toppers.
They turned out great and were super cute. I love doing the little cupcake toppers as they add something special to an otherwise simple cupcake. I have some more coming up and can’t wait to get started!