I was asked recently to provide the "cupcake tree" for a baby shower dinner at a local restaurant, for about 30 women, and of course I said yes. It's so much fun to have a bit of freedom to create around a theme and so I decided to top the cupcakes with rolled fondant decorations.
The cupcakes were chocolate and vanilla with a vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream tinted in either blue or pink. While the decorations were pink, blue, yellow and green. The technique for the decorations is quite simple. You can buy pre-made rolling fondant at cake supply stores, bulk stores and online, or you can make your own. I had some pre made white on hand, so I used that. Colour it with a paste colour of your choice and roll it out about 1/4" thick. You could just use mini cutters and do only shapes, or you could make a pattern with stamps that you can get at Michael's or craft stores, then cut into desired shapes, which is what I did. Let the fondant shapes dry at least overnight then on to the next step.
Once dry, I added luster dust to the stamped shapes to give them definition and help them stand out more.
I then had some coloured dragees that I scattered around the fondant piece and voila the cupcake is done.
I have to apologize for the final tree picture (and now that I look at them - all of the pictures seem a bit dark, sorry) - I took my point and shoot, but the room was too dark, so the lighting is5 not the best and the details kind of get washed out...but it was cute nonetheless.