Sunday, December 26, 2010

How to Make Fondant Snowmen

This cute little snowman was part of an order of holiday cupcakes I shared the other day. I've had quite a few requests on how to make him, so ask and you shall receive! These instructions also work for gumpaste.

The pictures don't have the best lighting, but I'm hiding at my parents' house with the plague, so please forgive me.
These are some of the tools you'll need, but your mileage may vary. I used white pre-made fondant, orange and blue food colouring for the nose and scarf, a black edible food marker, a paint brush, and that gumpaste tool with the little wheel cutter thing. You'll also need some egg whites or water to glue the bits together.  You might also need cornstarch or shortening to deal with the stickies.
Roll out three balls of fondant, in various sizes, like you would when making a real snowman.
 Stack them! Use whatever you've decided on for glue, and stick them together, just like a real snowman.
 Dye some fondant orange.
 Shape said fondant into a little tiny carrot for the nose.  Remind yourself to get a manicure.
 Stick the carrot nose onto the snowman's face, taking care not to get any residual orange dye on his head.
 Dye some fondant blue, or whatever colour you want his scarf to be.
Roll it out, then cut a thin strip for the scarf. Using the wheel cutter thing, cut tiny strips into the bottom of one half, to resemble scarf fringe.
Gently wrap the scarf around the snowman's neck.
And finally, use the edible marker to draw on eyes and buttons.  You could also use black fondant for this part, but I find the pens easier and just as cute.

That's not so bad, right? It's just like making a real snowman, but you don't have to get cold or go outside or exert much energy.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas (or happy weekend if you don't celebrate)!

Stay tuned for the Candy Cane tutorial next!

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