How to Make a Fondant Turtle

Learn how to make a fondant turtle from pastry chef Angela Cuervo, winner of Food Network's Sweet Genius, in this Howcast video.


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Whenever you see a gorgeously-decorated cake, chances are it's been decorated with fondant. In these videos, pastry chef Angela Cuervo -- winner of Food Network's Sweet Genius -- teaches you how to make all kinds of beautiful and whimsical cake decorations out of fondant. Best of all, they're so easy a child can do them.



Okay. So now I'm going to show you how to make a turtle. I'm going to take some green fondant, which you can find premade. I'm going to roll it into a ball into some of our cornstarch so it's not too sticky to work with. And now I'm gonna make his shell. So for his shell, I'm just gonna lay the ball down that we just made. Just flatten it out to a bit of an oval shape. So. And you just wanna make it so that it's nice and smooth. And now what you're gonna do is just take a tool with a nice tip at the end and you're gonna make the lines into his back for his shell. And those you can have a little fun with if you want, and just make fun lines for your turtle. Like so. And we're gonna put that aside and we're going to make his head. We're gonna take a small amount of some green fondant, roll it in our cornstarch again. And then we're going to make it so that it has a little bit of a tip at the end and then we're just going to flatten that. And then we're gonna take our tool that has the tip at the end and we're gonna make his nice smile. So we're just gonna go around the front of his face. Make some little dimples in there. And then what we're going to do is take a small ball tool, make dents in his eyes. Then use some of our glue, which is our water. And then take some white pearls and place them in the dents. And I'm gonna set that aside also with our shell. And I'm gonna take some more green fondant. We're gonna make his little fins. And I'm gonna roll that in some cornstarch also. And I'm gonna take a little piece and I'm gonna take that piece and I'm going to make two pieces into little balls. And then I'm going to make his back little feet first. I'm gonna take some more cornstarch because it's getting a little bit too sticky. And I'm going to, at the end, just flatten it out a little bit, like so. And I'm gonna leave those there. Then I'm gonna make his front fins. I'm gonna take a little bigger piece than we just took and I'm gonna roll it into another ball. And then what I'm going to do is just roll it out a little bit and I'm going to make the ends a little pointy so that maybe he looks like he's moving. And then I'm going to do the same thing to the other one. Just make it a little bit round and pointy at the end. Now, what I'm going to do is take our shell and I'm gonna take the fins we just made and I'm gonna take our water which is our glue, and just attach them to the front. Like so. And we're gonna do the same thing to the back, again, with our water. We're gonna take the back legs and attach them. Just pick up your shell and move your feet wherever you want to position them in the back. And now what we're going to do is take our cute little turtle face. And with some blue, edible food marker, we're gonna make his little eyeballs like so. And then we're gonna take more of our water which is our glue, and just put it at the front and just slide his head right there. And you're gonna want to leave him there overnight so that he dries nicely before you put it on your cute little cake. And then what you can do is take some green, edible food marker and make nice little marks on his back. Just to give him a little more color. Make him a little more fun. And you could also, if you wanted to do whosever party this is for you can have your niece or nephew or a child make fun little marks in it with the edible food marker too. So, and you can do it on his fins and anywhere else you would like. And that is how you make a turtle for your fun, festive party.


  • Angela Cuervo

    Angela specializes in wedding and specialty cakes for all occasions as well as cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and more. All of her delicious creations are made using the finest ingredients with much dedication to quality and detail. Angela uses her Culinary and Art degrees to make edible works of art for everyone to enjoy!