How to Prepare Fondant to Make a Baby Figurine

Learn how to prepare the fondant to make a baby figurine from pastry chef Amanda Oakleaf in this cake decorating video from Howcast, part one of two.

Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds — wedding cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake decorating.So, it’s actually a fondant-gum paste mix. And that will allow, once it’s dry it will hold its shape really well. Much better than fondant on its own. So, I have a peach color, skin color, kneaded. You just want to knead it into a nice smooth ball. So you kind of want to pinch a size off that’s going to be appropriate for the top of the cake. So that’s going to be the body. And whatever you are not using of the fondant-gum paste mix, you want to keep wrapped up in plastic so that it doesn’t dry out. And then keep a foam to hold the shape. We’ll put a little divot here with your thumb. And that will be a good spot for the head to sit. He needs some legs. Pinch off a smaller piece. To make them equal size, we’ll split it into two right down the middle before we shape the leg. So, it’s easy to always start with a ball and then flatten it out and shape it how you need it after wards. And it will be like he’s laying on his stomach. And then with your hand, just shape a little foot. To have the foot that curves around and if you can’t, you know, if your fingers are too hard, you can use one of the sculpting fondant tools to kind of create creases, and folds, and bends. And kind of pinch the side. This is what goes underneath him, and then this is what shows on the side. And then we want to do the same thing, only opposite, with the other side. Those are legs, and it needs arms. Same thing, start with the big ball and cut it in half so you have two equal pieces. And then the arms are actually going to come up and be under his head. Bend it a little, and then you’ll want to just pinch off a little part on the end for the hand. Kind of roll it between your fingers and then you can flatten it. That will be his hand, and then again, same as with the legs, we’re just going to flatten this piece so it sits flat underneath. And then to create the hand, you want to give him a thumb. So basically make a mitten. And then with the rest of it, you want three lines. And then just shape it back to however you want the pose to be. And then, same thing on the opposite. Make sure you do the hand the other way with the other arm. And you want the hands to come together right in front of where the head is going to go. That way the head will rest on the hands.