Father’s Day Cupcakes {With Handyman Tools}

Easy Father’s day cupcakes, homemade with simple ingredients. Use gum paste with candy molds to make edible handyman tools to decorate Guinness beer chocolate cupcakes.

This Father’s Day Cake (Tool Box Cake) from a few years ago inspired the design for today’s cupcakes. I used a candy mold to make these tools but I know some very talented cake decorators who can make these freehandedly! The tools included here are all edible and made with gum paste. There are pliers, screw drivers, wrench, hammer and a weird ruler tool. Seriously, what is that even called? I don’t think we even own one of those things but then again, I have never had the urge to check out my husband’s tool box.

Father's Day Cupcakes on Rustic Gray Background

How to make Father’s Day cupcakes from scratch?

  1. Bake cupcakes- Guinness beer chocolate flavor appeared to be the best choice.
  2. Let them cool- Until room temperature.
  3. Make chocolate icing- Add some beer in that too, if you like.
  4. Make gum paste tools– Using a candy mold.
  5. Add details- With edible markers and paints.
  6. Let them dry- Until hard.
  7. Assemble- Pipe a swirl of frosting on top of cupcakes and place one edible tool on top of each one.
Decorated Fathers Day Cupcakes With Edible Handyman Tools on Rustic Gray Background

Variations for Dad cupcakes

Try different color combinations- I kept the tool colors classic with yellow, black and silver but you can get creative with any use any colors you like.

Try other cupcake flavors– Such as Yellow Cupcakes or Mocha Cupcakes (Coffee Cupcakes).

Try other frosting flavors- Such as Caramel Frosting or Peanut Butter Frosting.

Fill cupcakes- With jams and preserves, Homemade Dulce De Leche or nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella, Biscoff), candies and sprinkles or Homemade Caramel Sauce.

Easy Dad Cupcakes on Rustic Gray Background

Tips and Techniques for dad birthday cupcakes

Don’t frost or decorate warm cupcakes- Because the warmth will cause the icing and fondant to melt and make a sticky mess.

Melted chocolate vs. Gum paste for molds- Either can be used. Chocolate will obviously set and harden quicker than gum paste. However, I find it harder to paint details on chocolate.

Do not use fondant in the mold- Because it’s hard to remove from molds and it also takes very long to dry.

Grease or dust powdered sugar in cavities of molds- Because this allows the pieces to be easily removed. If you are greasing, use shortening and not oil.

Allow the tool pieces to completely dry- This is very important because if they are still soft, they will bend and break.

Drying time for gum paste pieces will vary- Because it depends on the moisture in your area. Higher moisture and humidity = slower drying time. A table fan pointed at the edible pieces can help to speed up the drying process.

Use clear extract to make silver paint- If you use regular extract with brown tinge, the end result will be awful.

Use gel colors to tint gum paste- Because regular liquid food coloring will make it sticky and tacky.

Dad Birthday Cupcakes on Rustic Gray Background


Room temperature- Decorated cupcakes can be left at room temperature for 24 hours as long as there is no fruit filling that requires refrigeration.

Refrigerate- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. However the fondant decorations will become slightly sticky and tacky from the moisture in the fridge.

Freeze- Unfrosted cupcakes and frostings can be stored separately in a sealed container for up to 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy this treat, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then, decorate as per instructions below.

Make ahead instructions- These cupcakes can be baked and decorated 1 day in advance and stored at room temperature until you are ready to serve.

Handyman Tools Cupcakes on Rustic Gray Background

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Easy Father’s Day Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Decorating time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes
Easy Father's day cupcakes, homemade with simple ingredients. Use gum paste with candy molds to make edible handyman tools to decorate Guinness beer chocolate cupcakes.
Yield: 24 Cupcakes



  • Bake cupcakes and allow them to cool completely.
  • Make chocolate ganache frosting while the cupcakes and baking and cooling.
  • To make edible tools, rub shortening or sprinkle powdered sugar in the cavities of a candy mold. Place some yellow gum paste into the cavity and start pressing with your fingers.Flip the mold and press down until the mold is lying flat on your table. Flip your mold back again.Gently, peel your gum paste out of the cavity and place it on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut out all the excess and smooth out all the sides and corners with your fingers. 
  • Use a fine tip black edible marker to draw out all the black details. To add silver details, mix clear vanilla extract and CK Nu-Silver luster dust and paint silver where needed. Make as many tools as you need.
  • Allow them to dry for 24 hours.  
  • Pipe a swirl of frosting on top of cupcakes using TIP 1M and place one edible tool on top of each one. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 210mg, Potassium: 115mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 37g, Vitamin A: 23IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 303
Author: Abeer Rizvi

5 comments on “Father’s Day Cupcakes {With Handyman Tools}”

  1. These are crazy amazing! I love them–and I’ll bet any dad would love them too.

  2. I don’t generally go in for overly decorated cakes, but these are absolutely adorable. Just love those tools.

  3. Hi this is the best gift ever for any handyman. My father is handyman they are the best handyman in the world they have done many big projects about carpentering. I would love to share this cupcake with them on their birthday!5 stars

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