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Bowling Cupcakes

Every bowling party needs cute cupcake toppers and these bowling cupcakes fit the occasion. Use store bought fondant to make adorable bowling pins and balls to turn your bowling cupcakes into a themed party!
Cupcakes decorated with fondant bowling pins and balls

It’s birthday time at our house this weekend so here come the bowling cupcakes! My son wants to celebrate at the bowling alley.

Bowling themed parties are great because they appeal to people of all ages. The whole family can get involved.

Now let’s make some bowling party cupcakes to get this party started!

Bowling cupcake toppers

Here’s a quick look at some cupcake toppers that I made to fit the bowling theme. Let me state the obvious– I am a novice with fondant and I am sharing these not because they are bakery-perfect but because if I can do this– you can do this!

Adding a themed cupcake topper to a store-bought cupcake is one of the easiest ways to add personality to your birthday treats.

Did I mention this bowling pin decoration is easy? It is.

You can find prepared fondant in small boxes at craft stores like Michael’s. Working with fondant for these small projects is like playing with play-doh. You knead the fondant to make it pliable and smooth, then shape it as you wish.

Choose pure white fondant (Click here to buy white fondant on Amazon) for the bowling pins and add the red lines with Wilton’s edible color markers.

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Curious about fondant and wondering what is fondant? Fondant is a thick paste made with sugar and water. If you’ve seen a cake covered in a smooth sheet of icing then you’ve likely come across fondant. Yes, fondant is edible!

You can make homemade fondant (try this recipe for homemade marshmallow fondant) or you can buy it online or at the store. Here we’ll use white fondant for the bowling pins then color it with food coloring for the balls. Alternatively, you could purchased colored fondant for the bowling balls.

This is how to make fondant bowling pins. Pinch off a small bit of white fondant and roll it into a log. Pinch the “neck” of the bowling pin to narrow it slightly. Round the top and bottom of the bowling pin decoration using your fingers.

To make the bowling ball cupcake toppers take the same white fondant and tint it with whatever color you choose. Essentially we are making edible bowling pins for cupcakes.

Wear food safe gloves while using the dyes. Are you making these bowling decorations with children? Try these child sized gloves to protect their hands from becoming stained.

Add a small bit of color to the fondant and work the color through. Knead it like dough; fold it in half then again as you smooth the color throughout the fondant.

I liked the look of a swirled bowling ball so I did stopped short of changing the white fondant to black and instead left it with patterns.

Pinch off a small bit of fondant and roll into a ball. You can make the three holes with a toothpick.

fondant bowling pins and balls on parchment paper
 I’ve mentioned before that I’d like to take a class in cake decorating. If I lived closer to my mother-in-law or my husband’s aunt then I would watch them and learn, but in the mean time I am going to look for a class to take closer to home.
There is no shame in buying store-bought cupcakes and then adding this bowling pin to the top! Or, if you are making the cupcakes at home, use this trick to frost your cupcakes with a ziploc bag.

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Are you planning on adding more bowling treats to your celebration? These cookies are such fun! Find the recipe here.
Bowling Ball and Pin Cookies in white and red on cookie pan
Have you baked for themed birthday parties? We celebrated with a Lego theme one year but bowling seems to repeat itself every few years. It’s a lot of fun to have any age group at the bowling alley!
Yield: 2 dozen

How to make Bowling Cupcake Toppers

Cupcakes decorated with fondant bowling pins and balls

Make cupcake toppers for your bowling party using fondant and food safe markers

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Estimated Cost $10


  • White fondant
  • food gel coloring


  • FoodWriter Pen from Wilton or other brand


  1. Pinch off a piece of white fondant and roll into a log. Squeeze gently to make a narrow neck of the bowling pin. Round the top and bottom of the bowling pin with your fingers. Draw the red stripes with a food safe markerfondant bowling pins and balls
  2. To make the bowling balls roll a small piece of fondant in your hands.
  3. Use a toothpick to press three holes into the ball to simulate the grip of the bowling ball.


Use store bought fondant or make your own.

Did you make this project?

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Monday 25th of February 2013

Hello! I’m a follower of your blog and would love it if you joined me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop.

I hope you can make it!Cheers,Kathy Shea MorminoThe Chicken Chick

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Sunday 24th of February 2013

These are incredible Holly! I'm sending this link to my friend who decorates cupcakes.

Holly @

Sunday 24th of February 2013

Thanks, Lea Ann! I am sure I could learn a lot from your friend about decorating cupcakes. Have you taken classes around our area? Karen has and I need to take a basic class before I can join her on the next level.

Kate | Food Babbles

Sunday 24th of February 2013

Oh my goodness! How cute are those?!? Great job! And Happy Birthday to your son!! Hope you have a ton of fun.

Holly @

Sunday 24th of February 2013

Thanks, Kate! These were fun to make and the kids enjoyed them too.

Holly @

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

Thanks, Michelle!


Sunday 24th of February 2013

These cupcakes are great - you did a great job with the toppers! My son turns 8 in June and funny thing is we had a bowling party the last two years in a row...wish I had these cupcakes for them. : )

Holly @

Sunday 24th of February 2013

What fun, Monica, bowling parties are a lot of fun! It is nice to go to the alley, keep all the fun (and mess) there and then come home to relax!

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