Making a fondant person is not a difficult process. The key to a stable figure is to strengthen the limbs enough to support the weight of the person. A seated person is the easiest to make, as it requires little support. However, if you want a standing figure, you can use spaghetti, toothpicks or bamboo skewers to strengthen the limbs to stabilise the fondant person. Embellish the person however you like to create personal toppers for cakes and other food decorations.
Roll a handful of fondant onto a smooth surface into a tube shape about a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) thick. Cut off the ends of the fondant and set them aside. Fold the remaining fondant into a horseshoe shape.
Apply a small amount of water to the cake board and place the horseshoe shape flat on the cake board.
Take another handful of fondant and roll and press it into an oval shape. Brush a bit of water onto the centre of the horseshoe shape and press the body oval onto the legs. It should now look like a headless and armless person sitting down. Poke a spaghetti noodle down through the body and legs to hold the body in place.
Roll a half handful of fondant into a tube shape about 12.5 cm (5 inches) long. Cut the shape in half to make 2 arms. Brush a bit of water onto the sides of the oval and press the arm shapes on either side of the body.
Roll some flesh-coloured fondant into a 2.5 cm (1 inch) ball. Brush some water on the top of the oval body and press the head onto the body. Use a spaghetti strand, if necessary, to hold the head onto the body.
Mould 2 small 8 mm (1/3 inch) balls of flesh-coloured fondant into balls. Press the balls into hand shapes using a fondant shaping tool. Brush water onto the arms and press the hands in place.
Roll about 8 mm (1/3 inch) ovals out of fondant for feet. Press them against the legs to complete the figure.
Add hair, clothing and facial features to the figure using a combination of food colouring, additional fondant and the fondant shaping tool to decorate the person.
Adjust the size of the fondant person according to how you plan to use it. For example, if you're decorating cupcakes with fondant people, make them small enough to fit on each cupcake.
Things you need
- 454 g (1 lb) fondant
- Sharp knife
- Small pastry brush
- Cake board
- Dry spaghetti
- Flesh coloured fondant
- Fondant shaping tool
- Liquid food colouring