Make a Teddy Bear Out of Fondant

Edited by Laurel Waddell, Robbi, Eng

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What could be more adorable than a dozen Christmas teddy bears, each snuggled into a fluffy bed of frosting atop a row of home baked cupcakes? Nothing, of course. What makes it even better is that you can make these adorable little creatures yourself.

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Fondant critters are cute and simple to make. Each part of these teddy bears starts out as a ball. It's just a matter of reshaping each ball enough to form the recognizable parts. You will be pleased and surprised at the outcome, and so will your friends and family.

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The Items You Will Need to Make it Happen

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    A Pastry roll and cut mat
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    This provides you with a clean smooth surface for rolling out your fondant. You can cut on it using a plastic sculpting knife.
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    Small rolling pin with 1/8 inch spacing rings
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    These spacing rings will allow you to roll out the fondant to 1/8 inch thick.
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    Small dog bone fondant tool
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    This tool has "balls" on each end for making indentations.
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    Blush brush
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    Clean and sterilized
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    Food grade paint brush (not pictured)
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    Plastic sculpting knife
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    Pink Fondant shaping foam sheets
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    One standard size frosting tip
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    I use this to measure out consistent fondant amounts. By rolling and cutting out several circles with the end, I'm certain that each amount of fondant is the same.
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    #2 Wilton star tip
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    A 24oz package of Wilton's white rolled fondant
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    These packages come ready to use, saving you time and making it possible to get right to the creative aspect of using fondant.
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    Vegetable shortening
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    Wax paper
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    I lay this out on my counter for setting things aside to dry
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    Brown, red , green, blue, and black Gel icing coloring
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    These teddy bears are brown and will be wearing red or green scarves. The eyes are blue and the details are in black
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    Silver, green, and red edible glitter
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Bringing these little Bears to Life

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    Using your plastic crafting knife, cut the package of fondant in half
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    Pinch off about about a square inch (for the whites of the teddy bear's eyes). Wrap all three parts in separate pieces of saran wrap. Fondant quickly becomes too dry to work with if it is not well wrapped.
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    Make edible glue
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    Pinch off a ball of white fondant from your smallest part of fondant to about 1/4 inch in size. Add 1 teaspoon of warm water to a small container. Tear the ball into pea sized pieces and add to the water. Set aside to sit until it begins to dissolve (After it starts to break down, stir it with a spoon.)
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    Cut off 1/4 of the fondant and wrap the larger section in saran wrap
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    Cut the 1/4 section into three parts. Divide one of the 3 parts in half and re-wrap each section in saran wrap.
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    The largest section will be brown
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    The two medium sections will be red and green, and the two smallest sections will be black and blue.
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    Dip toothpicks into the food coloring and pass them along the surfaces of the fondant
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    One "dip and swipe" for red, one for green, one for blue, two for black and three for brown.
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    Spread a small amount of vegetable shortening on your hands and fold the fondant around the the color
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    Kneed well until the color is evenly distributed. Immediately wrap the fondant sections with separate pieces of saran wrap.
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    Roll out and measure the following 10 balls
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    1. 1 1/4 inch for the body
    2. 1 1/8 inch for the head
    3. two 3/4 inch for the legs
    4. two 5/8 inch for the arms
    5. one 3/8 inch for the tail
    6. three 1/4 inch for the ears and snout
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    Shape each of the balls as follows
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    1. Shape the 1 1/4 ball into a slightly flattened ball, top and bottom, making the teddy bear's chubby body.
    2. Shape the 1 1/8 balls into a very round head.
    3. Shape the two 3/4 balls into long tear drops for the legs.
    4. Shape the two 5/8 balls into long (but not as long as the legs) teardrops for the arms.
    5. Shape the one 3/8 ball into a short round teardrop for the tail.
    6. Shape the three 1/4 balls into small flat teardrop for the ears and a flat oval for the snout.
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    Roll out the green or red fondant
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    Cut a strip out of the fondant about 5 inches long
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    Gather up the excess fondant and wrap it back up in the saran wrap.
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    Place the body on the pink foam sheet.
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    Brush a small drop of glue on top of the body with a food grade brush.
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    Center the head over the body and press on gently.
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    Brush a tiny amount of water on the insides of the narrow parts of the legs and press to the sides of the bottom of the body.
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    Center the scarf around the neck and overlap the scarf in the front
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    Add a little glue where the scarf overlaps in the front.
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    Glue the arms to the sides of the upper part of the body, just overlapping the bottom of the scarf.
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    Center the snout on the lowest part of the head in the front.
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    Make slots on either side of the top of the head to fit the pointed parts of the ears into
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    Use a tiny amount of glue in each slot, and gently press the ears into the slots.
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    Using the small ball on the end of the dog bone fondant tool, make two indentations just above the snout for the eyes
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    Roll two 1/8 inch balls out of white fondant and gently press into the indention.
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    Roll four 1/8 inch balls out of black for the teddy bear's palm pads
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    Press the balls flat. Glue the pads on the ends of the bear's arm and legs near the bottom edge.
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    Roll a 1/16 inch ball for the nose, and glue it on the center of the top of the snout.
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    Roll two 1/16 ball out of blue for eyes
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    Roll sixteen tiny balls out of black for the toe pads, and two for the eyes
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    Use the tip of the plastic knife to place the toe pads around the palm pads, and the pupils on the eyes.
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    With the plastic knife, add some textured details to the scarf, eyelashes and the mouth
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    Use the paintbrush to LIGHTLY paint some clear alcohol such as Ever Clear on your teddy to make him shine.
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    Brush some edible silver glitter over the bear and red or green glitter over the scarves for additional effect
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    Make a few more bears to share, following the same steps.
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One Final Step

Add to the top of generously frosted cupcakes and you're ready to share your tasty talent with your friends, family and co workers

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.

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Recent edits by: Robbi, Laurel Waddell

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