Quilted cakes can be as sweet to look upon as they are to eat. As their name suggests, they resemble an old-fashioned diamond quilt, with a lattice pattern impressed upon a smooth layer of fondant. But you do not have to bake an entire cake to add a touch of class to a bridal shower, baby shower or formal party. You can create the same effect on cupcakes by levelling the tops and treating them as mini cakes.
Bake the cupcakes and let them cool completely.
Slice the rounded tops off.
Measure the height and diameter. You will need this information to determine how much fondant to prepare.
Turn the cupcakes upside down and set aside.
Multiply the height by two and add this number to the diameter. The answer is the diameter of the rolled fondant you need for each cupcake.
Roll out the fondant until it forms a 1/8-inch thick circle of the appropriate size for one cupcake.
Make equally-spaced diagonal lines with a fondant cutter/embosser. If you do not have a fondant cutter, you can use a toothpick to poke closely-spaced holes instead.
Repeat this process to make diagonal lines going the other direction. The result will be a diamond quilt pattern.
Frost the upside-down cupcake on all sides with a thin layer of buttercream icing.
Drape the fondant over the cupcake.
Trim off any excess at the bottom.
Smooth the fondant with your fingers.