The Secrets To Making Perfect Fondant Figurines At Home

Jasmeet Kaur Wilku

By Jasmeet Kaur Wilku

  • 10 Min Read
  • 20th December, 2022
The Secrets To Making Perfect Fondant Figurines At Home

Do you love decorating cakes with pretty fondant figurines but hate paying the prices bakeries charge? Well, now you can learn how to make your own at home with this simple guide. With just a few ingredients and some basic kitchen supplies, you can make fondant figurines that will impress your friends and family. Plus, you’ll save money by doing it yourself. So what are you waiting for? Get started today and learn how to make fondant figurines at home.

What Is A Fondant?

A fondant is a type of icing that is made from sugar, water and gelatine. It is often used to cover cakes or to make edible decorations. You can buy fondant ready-made from most supermarkets, or you can make it at home. If you want to make your own fondant, it is actually very easy to do.

You will need: 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon gelatine, 1 tablespoon glycerin and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Start by dissolving the gelatine in the water.

• Then add the sugar and stir until it is completely dissolved.

• Add the glycerin and vanilla extract and stir well.

• Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat it over a low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.

• Once it has thickened, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

• Once it is cool, you can use it to cover cakes or to make decorations.

If you want to make figurines, you will need to roll out the fondant on a surface that has been dusted with icing sugar. Then use a cookie cutter or knife to cut out the shapes you want.

3 Different Types Of Fondant Figures

• Star

• Boy




Powdered sugarAs per your requirements
Red sugar paste1 pack
Frosty CupcakeAs per your requirements


  1. Sprinkle the work surface with powdered sugar. Knead red sugar paste for one minute until it folds easily and becomes more pliable.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll out the sugar paste to a thickness of 1mm. Use a star-shaped cutter to cut out stars.
  3. Use a pastry brush to brush off excess powdered sugar. Put a star on each cupcake.

Boy & Girl


Note: You can customize the color of the fondant according to your preference, the amount of the ingredients will be the same for both. Below the ingredients and recipe is shown for the boy.

White fondant30g
Skin fondant30g
Blue fondant20g
Chocolate fudge5g
Dusky pink petal dustAs per as requirements
Black sugar pearls or sprinklesAs per as requirements
Dried strand of spaghettiAs per as requirements


1. For the legs: Roll the blue fondant into a sausage shape, and use a fondant smoother to get a more even size. When you have reached about 10 cm, fold the sausage in half and cut off the ends for the bottom of the pants. Keep the trimmings for the star on the shirt.

2. For the body: Take 20g of white fondant and roll it into a ball until completely smooth. Shape it into a bell, and then use your thumb and forefinger to thin out the bottom edge so the top fits snugly over the pants.

3. For the shoes: Roll small balls of white fondant and then roll them into a sausage shape. Pinch in the center and flatten the top with your thumb and forefinger to create a shoe shape.

4. Glue the body and shoes onto the legs with a water brush. Slide a piece of dried spaghetti into the body.

5. For the arms: Using the rest of the white modeling paste, reserving a small amount for the eyes, roll a long sausage shape for the arms and cut diagonally in half. If you have one, slide the cone tool into the uncut end of the arms and shape the ends into sleeves by rotating the tool while smoothing out the paste with your fingertips.

If you want to make figurines, you will need to roll out the fondant on a surface that has been dusted with icing sugar. Then use a cookie cutter or knife to cut out the shapes you want.

6. For hands: Roll small balls of skin tone paste and skewer one end, flatten the other end with a fingertip. Using a sharp knife, cut out a section for the thumb and three straight cuts for the fingers. Smooth the fingertips and glue the hands to the ends of the arms with a water brush.

7. Glue the arm to the body with a water brush and cut a star for the shirt from the remaining blue paste. Glue to the chest with a water brush.

8. For the head: Roll the skin tone paste into a ball, reserving two small balls of the paste for the ears and one for the nose. Roll the chocolate fudge into a rectangle and place it over the head, cut triangular pieces for the fringes, and to the desired length around the back.

9. Add a smile by pressing a small circular cutter into the face and shaping it with a small ball tool. If you don’t have the tools, you can make similar marks with a cocktail stick. You can also use the fondant cutting wheel to add texture to the hair.

10. For the ears: Roll out small balls of skin tone paste and use a water brush to glue them to the side of the head. Using the small ball tool or a cocktail stick, make small ear-like holes in the centre.

11. Roll a small ball of skin tone paste for the nose and apply it with a water brush.

For the eyes: make indentations with the ball tool or a cocktail stick and add small white balls of white paste, make another indentation and add the black sugar pearls for the pupils.

12. Poking your head on the spaghetti. Add cheeks with a dusty pink pollen brush.

How To Store Fondant?

Storing fondant is easy – just keep it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. You can keep it in the fridge if you want, but it’s not necessary. Just make sure you bring it to room temperature before you use it, or it will be too hard to work with.If you make fondant figurines, be sure to store them in a cool, dry place as well. They will last for months if you take care of them properly. Just be careful not to drop them – they are delicate!

How To Handle Fondant

1. When working with fondant, it’s important to keep your hands clean and dry.

2. Fondant is very sticky, so if your hands are wet or sweaty, it will be difficult to work with. Always dust your work surface with powdered sugar or cornstarch before rolling out the fondant. This will help to prevent the fondant from sticking.

3. To roll out the fondant, use a rolling pin to roll it out into a thin sheet. The fondant should be about 1/8 inch thick.

4. Use a sharp knife or pastry cutter to cut out the shapes you want. If the fondant is too thick, it will be difficult to cut out clean shapes. Once you have cut out the shapes, you can use a variety of tools to decorate them.

5. Use a toothpick to make indentations or to add details. You can also use a paintbrush to paint on food coloring or dust the fondant with edible glitter.

6. Let the fondant figures dry completely before attaching them to the cake or cupcakes. If they are not completely dry, they may slide off or melt.

With a little practice, you’ll be able to make all sorts of different fondant figurines. Have fun and be creative!


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use if I don't have fondant?

Use gum paste. It's very similar in texture to fondant but closer to the typical buttercream frosting. It consists of egg, shortening and powdered sugar.

If you want your fondant decorations or figures to be hard, make them at least two days in advance and let them dry at room temperature.

Rolled icing, sugar paste, and fondant are the same. You can buy sugar paste in white or in different colours if you want to replace it with fondant.

Fondant decorations can be made up to a month in advance. However one should be very careful with them, they are very fragile. Fondant doesn't dry in the fridge, it hardens. Once it reaches room temperature, it stays the same and still needs time to dry.

Unused and properly stored homemade fondant will last up to 2 months. Store-bought fondant can last up to 2 years due to added preservatives. However, once applied to a dessert, the shelf life of fondant is only about 3-4 days.


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