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!

9 comments:

  1. I know mine won't look nearly as pretty...but I still want to try! I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend. Many blessings as the new year approaches. Thank you for sharing this sweetness!

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  2. Oh my goodness, he is just so darling! I posted a link on my other site to your snowman, hope that's OK! :) (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com)

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  3. So so so cute, Leanne. I wish I was as talented as you. I am just not that artistic! I will show this to my friend who is though, she will love making these snowmen!

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  4. wow....you are so talented!! I have never worked with fondant for a very good reason, I have no artistic skill what so ever...sigh
    Thanks for sharing, and hope you feel better soon!
    Dennis

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  5. Oohhh!!! We've been waiting for these!!! So adorable!

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  6. OMG these are ADORABLE! I can't get over how cute they are. I have yet to experiment with fondant. I have a cookbook full of all kinds of cake ideas but thus far fondant has seemed a little intimidating to me. Maybe this adorable snowman is the encouragement I needed to try something new in the New Year. ;) Speaking of, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial! I just tried making and shaping gumpaste for the first time over Christmas break. I make violets (actually I used the forget-me-not cutter, but make them purple). They are finicky little suckers. But practice makes... perfect? or maybe just more mishapen flowers. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration to try out gumpaste!
    Angela

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  8. super cute! and I need a manicure too! ha ha

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