Templates and a Fondant Crown Tutorial

Learn how to make three distinct fondant crowns to go on top of your cake. Adorable, simple, and customizable in a variety of ways, with three printable templates to print and use to make your own crown cake topper.

Crown cake toppers are a lot of fun to create and can be easily customized. This is not just one fondant crown lesson, but three! Oh, and I have templates for you to print out and use as guidance to make your crowns!

Of course, you may construct these crowns in whatever color you choose. You may even embellish them with various diamonds, extra jewels, or even mold little flowers. The possibilities are unlimited here.

Oh, and if you want to learn how to create fondant ruffles, I have a free mini course for you here: Free Mini Course for Creating Fondant Ruffles. There is no deception here; it is completely free.

Now, let’s get to the tutorials and templates. I’ll go through how to create each crown in this article, and I’ll provide the template at the beginning of each crown’s instruction. To download the template, just click on the picture of the template you want, and it will download instantly.

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Supplies Needed for All of the Fondant Crowns:

  • You may use fondant or gumpaste in whatever color you wish. It’s ideal to use full gumpaste, although fondant is OK if you add Tylose to it to make it stronger. These crowns must stiffen up and dry firmly.
  • Fondant roller, small
  • Cornstarch
  • Make a template for your crown (you can find these at the start of each tutorial in this post)
  • The gem mold (optional)
  • Pearl dusts that are edible (I used dusts similar to these: hot pink luster dust, silver luster dust, soft gold luster dust)
  • Paint brushes are solely used for caking.
  • Use an exacto knife to cut out your crown forms.
  • A huge container for crown shaping (I just used a shortening can)
  • Shortening
  • Paper made with wax
  • Tape

Watch for the video instruction for all three crowns towards the bottom of this page to see how they’re put together.

Tutorials for Each Crown:

The Process for all crowns:

Now, wrap some wax paper around the can you’ve selected. Set it aside while you work on your crown and make sure it’s smoothly taped around your can.

Now, in whichever color you like, color your fondant or gumpaste. If you’re using fondant, be sure to add some tylose to it so it dries as well as it should. Be careful to thoroughly knead in the powdered tylose.

Roll out your fondant. You don’t want it to be too thin or it will be too fragile. You also don’t want it to be too thick. (The thickness is shown in the video.)

The Pink Crown:

To get this crown template, click on the image below:

We’ll be painting the pink crown with edible dust later, but it’s a good idea to start with colored fondant.

Just lay out some pink fondant or gumpaste (or whatever color you want). Make sure it’s not too thick, but it also shouldn’t be too thin, or it won’t hold up.

Apply a small coating of shortening to the fondant, then place the template on top and cut around it using an exacto knife.

Now, smear shortening all over the wax paper that has been put around the can and wrap your crown around it. Check that the bottom of the crown is level with the bottom of the can all the way around.

Allow it to sit like this for at least 24 hours. Pull the wax paper from the crown and slide it away from the container. Take it easy on it.

Brush on some cornstarch and set your crown on a flat surface, such as a big cake board, for at least another 24 hours to ensure the rear of the crown dries completely.

You may paint it after it has totally firmed up. I used a bright pink edible luster dust that I blended with lemon essence. Just brush the front and rear of your crown, paying special attention to the top edge. The first time, it will seem streaky. Let it to dry for approximately five minutes before applying another layer.

When that coat has dried, take the same color dust, but this time it is dry. This time, you don’t want it blended with extract, and you’d want to use a different brush. I prefer to use a big blush brush for this step since you’ll be rubbing on the luster dust to add color and gloss.

Just dab a generous quantity of luster dust on your crown and softly go over it with your brush in long brush strokes.

Put it aside while you finish your jewelry.

I only use a Wilton gem mold, but you may put whatever decorations you wish on this. I made use of the circular gem mold. Just press your fondant into the mold and pop it out.

Take your edible silver luster dust and combine it with some lemon essence. Paint your gems twice, allowing approximately 5 minutes between applications.

Just apply little water to the back of your gems and put them to your crown. I prefer to start in the centre, then add the ends, and then move from there to make sure they’re uniformly spaced.

That is all. Just lay away until you’re ready to place it on your cake. Don’t travel with the crown on your cake. Just add it on the cake when you arrive at the event.

The Gold Crown:

To get this crown template, click on the image below:

Just spread out your fondant or gumpaste, add a thin layer of shortening, then arrange your pattern on top for the gold cake. Now, using your exacto knife, cut around the pattern.

Wrap your crown around the wax paper that has been wrapped around your can and rubbed with shortening. Let it to sit for at least 24 hours.

Once it has set, just split the wax paper at the rear and carefully move the crown forward off the can, peeling off the wax paper. Be nice, since now is not the time to lose patience.

After removing it, apply cornstarch to the back of your crown and set it aside on a flat place for another 24 hours. The back need some time to settle in.

After that, it’s time to paint your crown. Paint your crown with a mixture of edible soft gold dust and lemon essence. Make sure you also get the top edge of your crown. You should apply two coats of gold paint. It’ll be a little streaky. Don’t worry, we’ve only got one more step to go.

Before proceeding, ensure that your crown is completely dry. Brush the dried soft gold luster dust onto another brush, ideally a big one like a blush brush (used solely for caking, of course). Make certain that you’re using a dry brush and dry petal dust. Dab on a fair quantity of dust, then take your huge brush and brush out the excess with long brush strokes. It will add color and luster to your crown.

Put aside your crown while you focus on your gems. I just used a Wilton gem mold, but you may use whatever decorations you like. For this one, I utilized the square gem mold. Just press your fondant into the mold and remove it.

These diamonds were coated silver, precisely like the pink crown. Just combine edible silver luster dust and lemon essence and paint it on your jewelry. Apply two coats, allowing 5 minutes between each application to dry.

Just apply a little amount of water on the back of your gems and adhere them to your crown. Attach the center gem first, then to the extreme ends of the crown, and continue from there, spacing them equally.

Alright! You have now completed your gold crown. Just place it on your cake! But don’t transport it on top of your cake, as that may be a catastrophe waiting to happen. Just place it on top of your cake once you arrive at the event.

The Silver Crown:

To get this crown template, click on the image below:

We’ve arrived to the last crown. You must be an expert at this by now, right?

Just roll out your fondant, apply a thin coating of shortening, then place your template on top.

With an exacto knife, cut around the pattern.

Wrap your crown in wax paper that has been wrapped around your can, then wrap it in shortening. Let it to sit for at least 24 hours.

Cut the rear of the wax paper and remove the crown forward and off the container after 24 hours. Remove the wax paper. Take care!

Now, dust the interior of the crown with cornstarch and set it aside for at least 24 hours on a flat surface. The interior of the crown must dry completely.

It’s time to start painting after everything has dried. Paint your crown with lemon essence and edible silver luster dust. Apply two coats, allowing 5 minutes between applications to dry. It’ll be a bit streaky, but that’s good since we’re about to solve that.

Now, using a dry big brush, such as a blush brush, apply a generous quantity of the dry luster dust. At this stage, you want the brush, crown, and dust to be completely dry. Apply a generous quantity of dust, then use your brush and lengthy brush strokes to remove the excess dust. This will add color and gloss to it.

I use this polishing process to get the effect of silver leaf without the price of silver leaf. This procedure may also be used on fondant-covered cakes. Here’s a lesson on how to do it: Instructions for a Beautiful and Rustic Silver Wedding Cake

Set your crown aside and concentrate on the diamonds. I just used my trusted Wilton jewel mold and the diamond shaped diamonds. Push your fondant into the mold and pop it out.

I used pink fondant for this, but you can make them in whatever color you choose. I then decided to dry brush some silver on them to add luster.

Just apply a little water to the back of them and adhere them to your crown. Start from the centre, then the ends, and so on until they are equally spaced.

So exciting! You’ve completed the task! You’ve completed all three crown instructions! You’ve earned a gold star. You receive a gold (or silver) crown if you scratch that!

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To see all of the steps in action, watch the video below:

I hope you have a great time with them. Go nuts with the decorations, but bear in mind that if you add too much weight, the crown will be front-heavy and may tumble forward, so keep that in mind.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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