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Bowling Cupcakes with Fondant Bowling Pins & Bowling Balls

by Christa on May 25, 2012

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I was recently asked to make some cupcakes with fondant bowling pin and bowling ball cupcake toppers for a bowling theme birthday party! I’ve never made bowling pins, or balls for that matter, and I found it surprisingly easy and fun! Thanks to Wilton

The bowling pins are SO cute, I think! They didn’t really look too much like bowling pins at first, and then once I added the red stripes on the neck, bam! I fell in love…

I might just have to have a bowling party for my 25th birthday this June, just so I can make these adorable Bowling Cupcakes again!

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Bowling Cupcakes:


Tools needed:
Wilton’s Ready-Made White Fondant (1 lb.)
Americolor Black Gel Food-Dye

red non-toxic marker
rubber gloves (optional)


  1. These will need at least 24 hours to dry completely, so prepare these at least one day before you will be using them on your cupcakes.
  2. Start with the bowling pins. Take a large pinch of white fondant. Roll in the palm of your hands to make a perfectly round, gumball sized white ball. Try to get all of the creases out from the fondant. (If at any time the fondant starts to stick to your hands, rub your hands with a little cornstarch or powdered sugar).
  3. Slowly start putting pressure on just one side of the ball, rolling in between your palms; it should start to look like the shape of a traffic cone.
  4. Next, about ½” down from the tip of the “cone” pinch in and roll between your thumb and pointer finger to make the neck of the bowling pin. Slowly start to round out the bottom and top of the bowling pin with your fingers. The more you make, the easier and more like a bowling pin they will look. Just practice a little J
  5. For the bowling balls, take a small pinch of fondant. Put on your gloves (the black gel food dye can really stain your hands!) Put a couple drops of black gel food-dye on the fondant. Roll in between your palms until you get a perfectly round marble sized bowling ball.
  6. Dry the bowling pins and bowling balls for 4 hours.
  7. Next, draw on two thin lines using your red non-toxic marker. These should be on the upper part of the neck. Take the tip of a non-toxic ball point pen and poke three small holes in the bowling balls to act as finger holes.
  8. Dry for at least another 20 hours. You can store these for up to a week before using!

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Elizabeth May 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

Your cupcakes are always so adorable!


ButterYum May 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

They really are adorable – love the red stripes on the bowling pins. Have you tried Duff Goldman’s fondant? Tastes 1000 times better than wilton. I bought his black fondant for a project and I fell in love with the stuff.


pearse May 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

good job. as ALWAYS!
wher didi you get the non-toxic ball point pen .I wanted to buy one for a long time but don’t know which one to go with.
Thanks in advance


Bowling Birthday Parties June 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Thanks for sharing such useful information. I think this is really a very nice post. Thanks for the great content!Thanks for sharing such useful information. I think this is really a very nice post. Thanks for the great content!


karen December 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm



Holly February 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

So cute– just the idea I need for my son’s bowling party. Off to buy fondant. thanks!


Lynne October 25, 2013 at 7:16 am

Just did a practice round of my first pins! I am cracking up at how cute they are! Imperfect is a little funnier than perfect when it comes to a bowling pin for some reason. For the stripes, I’m splicing shoestring licorice. Thanks for the awesome instructions!


Christa October 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I’m so glad you love them! Aren’t they so cute?! What a great idea to use licorice for the stripes! 🙂


Paula January 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

How many bowling pins and balls did you get out of a pound of fondant?


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