We started by covering the top of our cupcakes with sanding sugar - we used gold sanding sugar. Alternately you could use brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs or even light brown icing.
Tall Flowering Cactus
These cupcake toppers were made by first shaping fondant into a rounded tube of the right shape. (You could also use a rice krispie treat form into the same shape).
Using a Commercial Open Star Tip 862 and icing coloured with Cypress Jayden starts at the base and and in a squeeze and pull movement draws the icing up from the base and finishes at the top. The flower at the top is one of our pressed sugars.
Round Spikey Cactus
Start with a round ball of fondant about 1.5 in diameter. Using a Open Start Tip #21 and icing coloured with Cypress green Jayden uses a squeeze and pull to create the spikes. After the entire cactus is iced Jayden goes back in with white jimmies and places one on each spike using tweezers (and yes this part is kind of tedius).
Round Spikey Cactus with Flower
Again start with a round ball of fondant about 1.5 in diameter. Using an Open Star Tip # 18 and icing coloured with Forest Green use a squeeze and pull movement to place the spikes. Start at the bottom and work your way around and then up until the entire cactus is covered. Finish with a pretty pressed sugar flower.
Using a Leaf Tip #366 loaded moss green coloured icing Jayden uses a longer squeeze and pull movement to ice the individual leaves.
Mini Cactus Garden
This is something you can really play with. Jayden made the small round cactus with Open Star Tip #21 using a downward big squeeze, let off the pressure and pull up. The small succulents were also made using leaf tip #352.