How to Shape a Baby Figurine Cake Decoration out of Fondant

Learn how to shape a baby figurine out of fondant from pastry chef Amanda Oakleaf in this cake decorating video from Howcast, part two 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.
And the head you just want to pinch off another size ball, and before you start shaping it, just make sure it’s the right size. You’d rather have it too big than too small. Then just fold it around so that all the wrinkles of the fondant are underneath, rather than right in the center of the face.
So I’m just going to pick the best side for my face. So for the face, we’re going to do it like he’s sleeping so we’ll create just some eyelids, rather than drawing the whole eye. So we have a tip, imprint it only half of the circle, and it’ll be like he’s sleeping, and then we just want to give him a little tiny, the tiniest piece, into a little ball for his nose. And just a little bit of glue where it’s going to go, and then for the mouth, we’ll use a smaller sized tip, kinda like he might be snoring his mouth is open, and we’ll do that right underneath where the nose is going to go.
And then we’ll cover him with a blanket of fondant, just make sure it’s the same thickness all the way around, and you want to use your pizza cutter to wheel out the right size. So start bigger than you think. Yep, so I think that’s about the right size and we’ll give it a little bit of texture with this tool, it’s a wheel and it has a zig zag edge and it gives the impression of stitching as if it were a quilt. So we’ll go diagonal. After you get the quilting on if you want to take a round piping tip you can just imprint where the lines meet and it will create the look of pearls on your quilt.
So now we have all the pieces, they’re not glued together yet, we can glue them once they’re on the cake, so we’ll start with the body, arms and legs… So just dry fit it where you want to see it first and then we’ll glue it after we like how it looks. So we’ll start with the large piece, and you want to glue it both to the body and to the cake, so on both sides. And the head I’m going to glue where it’s gonna sit, rather than the head itself, that way I can spin it around if I need to. So rather than gluing the blanket I’m just going to glue right in the middle of the body, not too far out because you don’t want glue to show where there won’t be blanket.
You could use a little piece of fondant twisted up, or I have an edible marker with edible food color in the marker and you can give him a little curl of hair on the top. And that is a baby figurine!