Cutouts & 3D Shapes
Let’s make some jaw-dropping fondant stickers!
It’s super easy to make cutouts with fondant. But first, you have to roll out your fondant just like you did for covering your cake. (If you need to, pop back into the last topic to refresh on how to roll out your fondant. ⏮ Or how to problem solve if any issues arise.) At this point, your fondant may be dyed a solid color or not. That decision depends on your design plan. But as long as it’s nice and flat, you can cut it out. 👍
Just use a cookie cutter.
Really, I’m serious. Literally just treat the fondant like a holiday sugar cookie. 🎃🎅 Press the cookie cutter shape that you’ve selected into the fondant. Remove the fondant from the shape and voila! It’s exactly the same.
And, just like with covered cakes, you can stick them on with a touch of water. Or something sticky, like corn syrup. Plus, you can use basic cutout shapes to create really intricate and epic desserts. For example, I used a small circle cutout, folded it, and created a super awesome ruffle technique on this cake!
The takeaway here is: When it comes to decorating, your only limit is your imagination. And with fondant, you can dream big. Like, really big.
Unfortunately, if you want to make 3D cutouts, it’s not quite so easy.
And, if you’re hoping to make shapes that are intricate you’re going to need some tools. Obviously, you can mold the fondant with your hands. But if you want to make flowers that curve around a little yellow center, you’ll need to use tools. 🌼🔧
That said, I hope you know me well enough by now that if I thought you could go without them, I’d tell you that. But I tried making cutouts without the special fondant shaping tools and it doesn’t come out so good. Trust me- I tried. I really did.
But in order to make specialty shapes, you’re going to need the specialty tools.🛠
You’re going to need a fondant tool working kit. I found a Wilton brand kit (shocking no one) at Walmart. That includes a ball tool, a scalpel-like knife, and wheel with notches missing from it. The wheel tool apparently creates a “stitch” pattern in the fondant. 🧵 (Which I didn’t know I needed.) And the whole kit costs less than 10 bucks. Oh, and you’ll also need a piece of foam. The foam is helps when it comes to creating realistic shapes.
Going 1,2,3 Dimensional!
It all starts out exactly the same way as the cutouts. And I mean exactly. Roll out the fondant. Cutout the fondant. Now, we move on to shaping the fondant. I need to use an example to explain it well:
Let’s say you’re making a flower. 🌸
You start with a flower shaped cutout. Lay your fondant on your piece of foam. 🧽 Then, indent the center of the cutout with the ball tool from your kit in order to make it more three dimensional. (Or you can get creative and try using the tip of your finger or the round handle of a wooden spoon.)
There are a ton of cool videos on YouTube that you can use as inspiration to learn even more techniques. But, as a primer, this explains the bare basics of 3D fondant-ary.
Ready to move on? Fantastic.
Just WAIT until you see what’s next on the docket. It’s sweet, delicious, and oh so nut- well… it’s not so nutritious. But definitely worth the calories! 🤤 Can you guess what it is?
Click back to the main lesson to find out if you guessed right! 🔎🧐