A doll may be a child's plaything, but it can turn a plain cake into a whimsical dessert when made out of fondant. This pliable dough, made from confectioner's sugar, moulds into a variety of shapes. Colouring this white dough with various shades of food colouring makes a fondant doll look more realistic. Practice making a basic doll out of fondant and dress it up with buttercream icing for clothes. Once dry, the fondant will turn into a hard topper that you can use repeatedly.
Dust a flat work surface with confectioner's sugar. Place a portion of fondant the size of three golf balls onto the work area.
Knead the fondant into a ball with the palms of your hands. Separate a portion the size of a nickel from the dough. Set it aside.
Poke a hole at the top of the largest portion of fondant. To create a pink-toned body, dip half a toothpick into a container of red food colouring gel and place it in the fondant impression. Make a brown-toned body by dipping half of a toothpick in a container of brown food colouring gel and putting it in the hole of the fondant ball.
Knead the colour into the fondant with your hands. Place a small amount of yellow or brown food colouring gel in the small portion of fondant and knead it together to combine the colour. This will form the doll's hair.
Divide the large portion of fondant in half. Mold one half into a peanut shape to create the body. Separate the other half into five portions; one for the head, two for the arms and two for the legs.
Roll one of the five portions into a ball to create the head. Use your hands to roll the remaining portions of fondant against the work surface to create log shapes. Make two of the shapes shorter and thicker for the arms and longer for the legs. Bend the arm and leg shapes to forms joints, feet and hands for your doll.
Use a rolling pin to flatten the small portion of dough to create the hair. Roll the dough to 1/8-inch thin. Cut out an oval shape with a sharp knife. Brush the back of the shape with small brush dipped in water. Arrange the hair on the head shape, pressing it in to secure it to the fondant ball.
Brush the base of the head with water. Press the head into one end of the peanut body shape. Brush the base of each appendage and attach the arms on either side of the body near the head, and the legs on either side of the body near the bottom. Shape the body parts in the final position you wish it to look like.
Use a small knife to score lines to create more dimension for the hair, feet and hands.
Roll a portion of white fondant the size of a quarter 1/16-inch thin. Cut out two T-shirt shapes to create a top for the fondant doll. Cut out an inch-wide "C" shape to create a skirt for the doll. Brush the back of each shape with water and arrange the shapes on the doll. Press and tuck the fondant clothing around the doll.
Allow the doll to dry at room temperature on an ungreased baking tray for eight hours or until the fondant has hardened.
Pour a 1/4 tsp of vodka into a small bowl. Sprinkle in black food colouring powder and mix it together. Add another 1/4 tsp of vodka into another bowl and add a small amount of red food colouring in the bowl.
Paint the facial features of your doll with a small paint brush dipped in the coloured vodka. Use the black for the eyes and nose, and the red for the lips. Allow the doll to dry for six hours before moving.
Add a small amount of yellow food colouring to the dough to make the skin tone more realistic. Colour the fondant clothes of your doll with gel food colouring. Avoid using liquid food colouring for any part of your doll because it can make the dough to soft too work with. Vodka will evaporate quickly, leaving just the colour on your doll's face. Use the coloured alcohol immediately for the best results. Knead a teaspoon of confectioner's sugar into the fondant to create a stiffer dough.
Food colouring gel is highly concentrated. Wear food-safe plastic gloves to avoid staining your hands and fingers and an apron to protect your clothes.
Tips and warnings
- Add a small amount of yellow food colouring to the dough to make the skin tone more realistic.
- Colour the fondant clothes of your doll with gel food colouring. Avoid using liquid food colouring for any part of your doll because it can make the dough to soft too work with.
- Vodka will evaporate quickly, leaving just the colour on your doll's face. Use the coloured alcohol immediately for the best results.
- Knead a teaspoon of confectioner's sugar into the fondant to create a stiffer dough.
- Food colouring gel is highly concentrated. Wear food-safe plastic gloves to avoid staining your hands and fingers and an apron to protect your clothes.