I was particularly excited when I got a request to make a cake for a KISS band enthusiast. My brother grew up listening to this American hard rock band in the 70s [and beyond] but I didn't have much hard rock interest growing up [as I was an 80s baby] and didn't get to know their music very well, I just knew them by their make-up personalities and on-stage antics.
I researched the original band members and found their comic book style characters that influenced their make-up and costumes on Wikipedia: The Demon [Gene Simmons], The Starchild [Paul Stanley], The Spaceman [Ace Frehley], and The Catman [Peter Criss].
I used their make-up designs to create paper templates for which I used to cut the fondant cupcake toppers.
I made white fondant cupcake topper bases and cut the make-up details from black fondant [very carefully] with a craft knife. I used some colored fondant for accents like Gene Simmons' famous tongue and used silver luster dust to highlight The Spaceman's eyes.
I cut a few more faces to go on top of the cake along with a larger Kiss logo and the sign of the horns as a way of sending a "You Rock!" birthday message.
I wanted to add some badass flames to the side of the cake so the bf suggested that I marble the red, orange and yellow colors together to give them an authentic look... so that's what I did and I think it worked out pretty badass indeed.