As it was with most of my wedding, I wanted to DIY something special for my cake. Now, I didn’t have a traditional cake with lots of tiers and fancy decor. After tasting several wedding cakes in the area- I found them all just “Eh.” (a curse of having such high dessert standards.)
So- It didn’t take long before I realized a dessert bar was the way to go. I found a cupcake place I adored, and our caterer made cheesecake lollypops, and mini lemon tarts that were to die. Add to that, my Mom making 200 of her famous chocolate chip cookies, and my Dad making traditional middle eastern baklava. Dessert heaven! I couldn’t have been happier with how the whole thing turned out.
Anyway- I did want a small cutting cake, so our cupcake shop made up a 6 inch cake in our of our cupcake flavors: Vanilla Salted Caramel. (Surprised??) I knew it needed something cute to go on top of it, and I’d seen flag cake toppers around etsy. Why pay $20+ for something I could easily make it hours? You can either leave it plain like you saw here, or stamp letters on for a special occasion like I do below. And here’s how!
1. Scrap fabric
2. Small piece of cardboard
3. Fabric glue
4. 3 bamboo skewers
6. Rotary cutter/mat/ruler
1. This is a great use for scrap fabric. Both the linen for my wedding topper and the fabric for the topper of the Vegan cake came from leftovers from my napkin-making project.
2. Fold a long piece of the fabric in half, and press if needed to create a crisp crease. Using a cutting mat/rotary cutter, Measure about an inch and cut a strip. (You could also just do this with a scissors.)
3. Create a cardboard stencil of your flag. Measure it to be an inch long and trim the sides at your desired width
4. Using the rotary cutter and a ruler, cut however many flags you want for your topper- making sure the flat side is always on the folded crease
5. Repeat. :)
6. Using some fabric glue and a wooden skewer, spread a thin layer of glue inside the triangle, leaving the very inside of the crease glue-free.
7. One-by-one, press each flag onto the piece of twine, leaving spaces for separate words if desired.
8. If stamping, test out your stamps many times before trying on the flags. For these, I had to wipe down the edges of each one very well before stamping so it didn’t leave a rim. You could also hand-write letters on!
Finished product! I stuck mine in some styrofoam until I was ready to use it! So cute right? And here it is in our mini wedding cake!