Cake toppers are an attractive part of cake decorating, but also a very personal one. They can be custom-made or purchased to reflect the bride and groom or the person of honour that the party is celebrating. You can purchase people cake toppers from a variety of places, including craft stores and department stores; the cake toppers also can be made. Cake toppers resembling people, which are a popular theme for any cake, also can be formed out of fondant.
Knead a small amount of rolled fondant until it is smooth and pliable, using a light dusting of cornstarch or icing sugar, if necessary, to keep the fondant from sticking to the work table.
Tint the fondant in colours that will reflect the finished people. Color small portions of the fondant in the desired hair colour, skin colour, and apparel colours.
Using the tinted fondant that matches the skin colour of the people, divide into portions for the head, torso, legs, and arms.
Form the head into a ball. Form the torso into a longer but stocky log. Form the legs into a long roll, then fold in half. The diameter should match the width of the legs and proportion of the body of the fondant person. Trim the legs to fit the body. Form the arms by taking a rolled portion of fondant and trimming to make the arms. The top part where the shoulders meet the torso should be trimmed at an angle so it can be pressed easily into the torso. The feet and hands can be formed at the end of the fondant pieces, by pulling up slightly with a knife and trimming and marking with sugar paste scissors.
Place the legs on the edge of the cake, creating a sitting person. Attach the torso on top of the legs. Press on the arms onto the torso and bend the arms slightly at the elbows for dimension. Attach the head. Each piece will hold together better if a small amount of water is brushed or spread on with a finger before forming and attaching.
Roll out fondant the colour of the hair for the fondant person, or colour and use royal icing to pipe on hair.
Tint fondant to make the outfits, and roll thinly and cut out pattern pieces for the shirts or blouses, trousers or skirts for the fondant people. Place on the fondant people.
Paint on facial features, including eyes, eyelashes and mouth, on the face of the fondant people using a very fine pastry brush.