How to Make a Fondant Mermaid

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

Transcript

Now I want to show you how to make a cute little mermaid for your sea cake. What I'm going to do is start off by making the shells that will go on her chest. So I'm just going to take a piece of yellow fondant, which is pre-made but, if you can't find pre-made you can always make it yourself with some food coloring and some white fondant. We're going to take a little ball size. We're going to roll them in some cornstarch. And then I'm just going to take my finger and I'm going to press down like that.

Then I'm going to take a pointed tool and I'm going to make some little ridges so it has a little texture. And I'm going to do that to the other one, and then just set them aside. Now I'm going to take a piece of fondant for her body. This is kind of a darker beige color. I'm going to take for her body now, her torso, a nice little ball size piece, roll it in some cornstarch so that it's not sticking to my hands. And I'm going to make it a little thin at the end and a little thicker at the top, where I will be placing her shells.

And I'm going to take that piece and I'm going to set it aside. Now I'm going to make her face, her head. And I take a piece of our beige fondant and then I'm going to roll it into a ball. And this will be her head. What you could also do is take a few pieces of paper towel and lay her head on there. I'm just going to use a piece of foam and lay her head there just so it doesn't get too flat at the bottom. So now I'm going to make her mermaid body. I'm going to take some green, a little bit bigger than golf ball size. Roll it in our cornstarch again so it's not too dry. And then I'm going to roll it into a ball. And then I'm going to take it and make a nice tip at the end for her little fins at the bottom. And then I'm going to take that end and I'm going to pinch it and bring it out. And I'm going to do it to the other side also. Just pinch it and take it out, like that. Then what I'm going to do is, at the top I'm going to flatten it out a little bit because this is where her torso is going to be. Just pinch the tops so that we can insert her body in there. Now, with a piping tool that has a small round circle at the top, I'm going to make some dents in her body so we can give her some more texture. Now I'm going to take her torso back. And I take some water, which is our glue, and put it on her upper body, her chest part. And I'm going to take our little shells that we made.

And I'm going to add them at the top. Now, for her head, I'm going to take a ball tool and just make some dents. And then with our water again, add her eyes, which I'm using some white pearls. I'm just going to insert them in there. And then with another pointed tool again, just make her little nose. And then you can, with an edible red marker, you can give her some nice lips. And I'm going to take some red fondant. I'm going to take a little piece. And I'm going to take some of our cornstarch, put it on my mat here. And then what I'm going to do is take my rolling pin. You can find these little rolling pins in a craft store again, or in a cake supply store. I'm going to roll it into almost an oval shape. Then her hair. What I'm going to do is take our water again, which is our glue, add it to the top.

Then I'm going to take her head and I'm going to place it right at the top. And then I'm going to take her hair and bring it up. You can style her hair as much, or as little as you want to. Now I'm going to take her body, and I'm going to take her torso. And with, like I said you can use paper towels. Just roll them up together just to make a little bed. And I'm going to place my foam, which I've chosen to use, under her body. And I'm going to take our water again and put it underneath her torso.

And you're going to leave that there overnight with everything else that we're going to attach, so that it dries nicely and it's easy for you to handle once you place it on your cake. So now, again, I'm going to take some more of my foam and I'm going to attach her head with some water. I'm going to place it like so. How you want her placed, she can be laying down or... But I've chosen to place her this way. And then I'm going to take our foam piece and just lay it under her head so she's nice and comfortable. And then I'm going to take some of our beige color that we were using at the beginning. And I'm going to make her arms. I'm going to take the color and I'm just going to roll it into a little log and then I'm going to take it and I'm going to cut it for her arms.

I'm going to make two arms obviously. And at the end of each arm, I'm going to just pinch it down a little bit. Flatten it out because that's where her hands would be. And then I'm going to take one of the arms, and I'm going to take some of our water, which is our glue, just pick up her hair a little bit and place the arm under her hair, and place it on her body. Then I'm going to take the other arm and I'm going to add some of our water, which is our glue. And I'm going to place it a little bit under her torso. And I'm going to take more water and place it on her hand and then on her face, so it looks like she's relaxing under the sun. And that is how you make a mermaid for your special occasion.

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