Pretty Little Liars Cupcakes

Celebrate the return of Pretty Little Liars with these painted treats!
Pretty Little Liars Cupcakes

Everyone has their own theory of who A is on Pretty Little Liars.  I think the best way to deal with the mystery is to make some cupcakes!

I like painting elaborate designs on cakes and I wanted to try painting on cupcakes. The smaller area is easier to handle and using little rounds of gum paste means you can flip over the gum paste and try again if you need a do-over. I kept the designs simple so start with these and be as creative and as elaborate as you want! Tag your cupcakes on social media #letsEMC.

Gum paste and food coloring are edible but they don’t taste all that great. I recommend using this technique for decoration only and peeling off the gum paste before eating the cupcake. You can make the gum paste toppers ahead of time and save them in a sealed container for a day, or refrigerate them for up to a week. Frost cupcakes generously so the icing creates a tall, wide base for the gum paste and just press the toppers right on top of the cakes.

  1. Start with a small amount of gum paste and knead it in your hands like Play-Doh to soften it. Wrap the remaining gum paste tightly, gum paste dries out quickly.
  2. Once the gum paste is workable, place it between two sheets of parchment paper or saran wrap, and roll it into a thin layer. Mine were a little less than 1/8 of an inch.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gum paste pieces roughly the size of your cupcakes. Let the gum paste rounds dry a few minutes as you continue to make more. They should sit at least 15 minutes before you begin painting. I worked in small batches of gum paste so by the time I was cutting out my last rounds, the first 4 were ready to be painted.
  4. Use liquid food coloring or gel food coloring thinned with a few drops of water. You can use cake decorating paint brushes or a regular paintbrush as long as it’s new and hasn’t been used with anything toxic.
  5. Time to decorate! “A” cupcakes are a good start to get the hang of it. ¬†Once you have that down you can move on to names. I wrote some possible A’s or A-team members.
  6. My favorites are the “Shh” cupcakes. Start with a basic outline of a finger and then draw lips behind the finger. Add in some nail polish and detail to the finger and then fill in the lips. Finish with a thin black line in the middle of the mouth to define the lips.
  7. Allow the paint to dry before placing the gum paste toppers on the cupcakes. The drying time may vary based on the food coloring you use.