How to make fondant icing figures

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How to make fondant icing figures
Dress up a plain cake with fondant decorations. (cake image by Soja Andrzej from Fotolia.com)

Give all of your cakes a personalised touch with figures made from fondant. Made from sugar, fondant moulds like clay, allowing you to shape it into ribbons and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes from it. Fondant decorations can be made in advance and dried. They will keep indefinitely at room temperature if sealed in an airtight container.

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Things you need

  • Fondant icing
  • Cling film
  • Rolling pin
  • Ruler
  • Paring knife
  • Flower-shaped cookie cutters
  • Cornflour
  • Cotton swab

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set the fondant on top of a sheet of cling film.

  2. 2

    Roll the fondant into a sheet 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) thick with the rolling pin and gently lift it off the cling film.

  3. 3

    Measure two strips 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide and 30 cm (12 inches) long with the ruler and cut them out with the paring knife.

  4. 4

    Create two loops from the centre of one strip to make the loops of a bow. Cut the other strip in half to use as the ends of the bow. Set the bow on top of your cake as a decoration.

  5. 5

    Press biscuit cutters into the remaining rolled fondant to create flowers.

  6. 6

    Sprinkle cornflour into the palm of one hand and place one of the fondant cutouts on top of it.

  7. 7

    Push a cotton swab into the centre of the cutout to create a small indentation and curve the petals of the cutout upward. Set the flower aside.

  8. 8

    Repeat Steps 6 and 7 with the remaining fondant and arrange the finished flowers on your cake.

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