How to Use Rolled Fondant to Make Deer Antlers

Updated February 21, 2017

Creating intricate edible designs on a cake does not require one to have a background as a professional pastry chef. Fondant, used by bakers for decorating cakes has a smooth finish when rolled and draped on a cake, but this malleable sugar paste has the ability to be moulded into various shapes for cake decorations, such as deer antlers.

Put disposable food-grade gloves on your hands and lay out a sheet of cling film on a flat surface. Dust the cling film with a light coating of icing sugar.

Place a block of rolled fondant onto the icing sugar and add five drops of brown food colouring or cake colouring to the middle of the fondant block.

Work the colouring into the fondant by kneading the fondant with your gloved hands until the colouring becomes evenly distributed into the fondant. Add more food colouring if you wish to darken the brown antlers.

Lightly coat a rolling pin with icing sugar and roll the coloured fondant into a 1/16-inch thick rectangle.

Cut strips from the fondant two inches wide and as long as you want the antlers to measure.

Cut strips from the fondant two inches wide and as long as you want the antlers to measure.

Break each pretzel into antler shapes with a central stalk and one or two branches extending from it.

Wrap the fondant strips around each of the pretzels to completely cover, pressing against the pretzel to adhere, leaving one inch of pretzel at the base to insert into the cake.

Insert the uncovered portion of the pretzels into the cake at the top of the deer head to set the antlers.


Alternatively, make larger antlers by covering copper wire shaped into antlers with the coloured fondant using the same method as covering the pretzels.

Things You'll Need

  • Disposable food grade gloves
  • Cling film
  • Icing sugar
  • Rolled fondant
  • Brown food colouring or cake colouring
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • 2 large, thin pretzels
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