Today, we are going to decorate knitting-inspired cupcake treats!
To decorate our cupcake treats with this pretty stockinette stitch hearts, we are going to be using the following materials (affiliate links):
You may also use this same technique to create crafty little clay hearts for pins, magnets, gift toppers, or anything you’d like to make super cute.
Using the Extruder Tool
The extruder tool that I’m using works for both fondant and clay. Using it is totally optional. But, it is my experience that rolling the fondant by hand can create uneven rope shapes. So, this inexpensive little tool helps it to turn out really uniform and is very easy to use.
It comes with various shaped tips. I found that the smaller of this shape with the three round cut-outs works perfectly to make our knitted heart shapes.
Simply place your fondant or clay inside the tool, placing your desired decorating tip on by screwing it into the bottom. Then just twist the handle and your little rope shapes are formed!
Pro Tip: If working with fondant, I learned that letting it harden for about 10 minutes helps to retain its shape before we get twisting.
Using the extruder is totally optional but it was my experience that rolling the fondant by hand can really create an uneven rope shape. So, this inexpensive little tool really helps turn it out uniform and it’s really easy to use. It comes with various shaped tips. I found that the smaller of this little round, 3-cut outs works perfectly to make our knitted heart shapes.
To begin, simply place your fondant or your clay inside the tool and place your desired decorating tip on, screw it to the bottom, and then just twist the handle and your little rope shapes are magically formed.
Now, if you’re working with fondant, I learned that letting it harden for about ten minutes after you’ve extruded it helps retain its shape before we get twisting.
We are going to twist half of our ropes in one direction and we’re going to twist the other half the opposite direction. Just lay your ropes out and we alternate the twists. And you just sort of squeeze them together.
If you’re working with fondant, a little bit of water with a clean brush helps keep it together. If you’re working with clay, just simply squishing it together will keep it adhered together.
It’s really cool how the Stockinette Stitch appears as you alternate row by row and get them all squished. And it looks like a beautiful piece of your own knitting.
To complete our adorable little decorations, we are going to take some heart shaped cookie cutters. And it’s really nice to have the different sizes of cookie cutters to chose among so you can have different sized hearts and you can just cut them out to your heart’s content.
I hope you are inspired to make these little knitting cupcake desserts and that you are having a season full of LOVE. I’ll see you next week!