I’ve wanted to have a go at making things out of fondant icing for a while now, but as I was never very good at Play-Doh when I was a kid, I didn’t expect much success. I was pleasantly surprised though last night when I made these and discovered it was much easier than I had imagined. I see lots of cakes topped with fondant characters in my future! I followed the instructions laid out in this excellent book that I have:
WHAT YOU NEED:
– Fondant, you can buy ready-made (in the UK it is often just called “Ready to roll icing”, or sometimes “Sugarpaste”). Or you can make your own fondant by kneading 500g icing/confectioners sugar with 1 egg white or equivalent amount reconstituted egg white powder, and 2 tablespoons liquid glucose.
– Food colouring. I would suggest getting red, yellow, blue, green and black. Other colours can be made by mixing. For instance, the flesh colour for the man is made by mixing a little red and yellow into the fondant.
– Some water.
– Dried spaghetti (maybe, depending on what you make).
– A few tools. You really don’t need any specialist tools, just a knife and some cocktail sticks really. Oh, and a garlic press to make the man’s hair.
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Knead the fondant icing a little to soften it up. Separate it into batches and knead colours into them as required. Once you’ve prepared the fondant, keep it in individual airtight containers and take each piece out as you need it, otherwise it will dry out.
2. The pictures below show the different shapes that need to be made for each character.
3. Stick the pieces together by dabbing a little water on, this will dissolve the fondant a little to make its own sugar glue.
4. If you want additional structural support use a piece of raw spaghetti pushed through (I did this with the man by pushing it through the bend in the leg part, then threading the body and head on top ). Spaghetti is less dangerous than a cocktail stick if someone bites into it.
The basic shapes are pretty simple…
See, there’s nothing to it!