Make a Teddy Bear Out of Fondant
Edited by Laurel Waddell, Robbi, Eng
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.
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.
The Items You Will Need to Make it Happen
- 1This provides you with a clean smooth surface for rolling out your fondant. You can cut on it using a plastic sculpting knife.A Pastry roll and cut mat.Advertisement
- 2These spacing rings will allow you to roll out the fondant to 1/8 inch thick.Small rolling pin with 1/8 inch spacing rings.Advertisement
- 3This tool has "balls" on each end for making indentations.Small dog bone fondant tool.
- 4Clean and sterilizedBlush brush.
- 5Food grade paint brush (not pictured)
- 6Plastic sculpting knife
- 7Pink Fondant shaping foam sheets
- 8I 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.One standard size frosting tip.
- 9#2 Wilton star tip
- 10These packages come ready to use, saving you time and making it possible to get right to the creative aspect of using fondant.A 24oz package of Wilton's white rolled fondant.
- 11Vegetable shortening
- 12I lay this out on my counter for setting things aside to dryWax paper.
- 13These teddy bears are brown and will be wearing red or green scarves. The eyes are blue and the details are in blackBrown, red , green, blue, and black Gel icing coloring.
- 14Silver, green, and red edible glitter
Bringing these little Bears to Life
- 1Pinch 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.Using your plastic crafting knife, cut the package of fondant in half.Advertisement
- 2Pinch 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.)Make edible glue.
- 3Cut the 1/4 section into three parts. Divide one of the 3 parts in half and re-wrap each section in saran wrap.Cut off 1/4 of the fondant and wrap the larger section in saran wrap.
- 5One "dip and swipe" for red, one for green, one for blue, two for black and three for brown.Dip toothpicks into the food coloring and pass them along the surfaces of the fondant.
- 6Kneed well until the color is evenly distributed. Immediately wrap the fondant sections with separate pieces of saran wrap.Spread a small amount of vegetable shortening on your hands and fold the fondant around the the color.
- 8Shape each of the balls as follows:
- Shape the 1 1/4 ball into a slightly flattened ball, top and bottom, making the teddy bear's chubby body.
- Shape the 1 1/8 balls into a very round head.
- Shape the two 3/4 balls into long tear drops for the legs.
- Shape the two 5/8 balls into long (but not as long as the legs) teardrops for the arms.
- Shape the one 3/8 ball into a short round teardrop for the tail.
- Shape the three 1/4 balls into small flat teardrop for the ears and a flat oval for the snout.
- 9Roll out the green or red fondant.
- 11Place the body on the pink foam sheet.
- 12Brush a small drop of glue on top of the body with a food grade brush.
- 13Center the head over the body and press on gently.
- 14Brush 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.
- 15Add a little glue where the scarf overlaps in the front.Center the scarf around the neck and overlap the scarf in the front.
- 16Glue the arms to the sides of the upper part of the body, just overlapping the bottom of the scarf.
- 17Center the snout on the lowest part of the head in the front.
- 19Using the small ball on the end of the dog bone fondant tool, make two indentations just above the snout for the eyes.
- 20Roll two 1/8 inch balls out of white fondant and gently press into the indention.
- 21Press the balls flat. Glue the pads on the ends of the bear's arm and legs near the bottom edge.Roll four 1/8 inch balls out of black for the teddy bear's palm pads.
- 22Roll a 1/16 inch ball for the nose, and glue it on the center of the top of the snout.
- 24Use the tip of the plastic knife to place the toe pads around the palm pads, and the pupils on the eyes.Roll sixteen tiny balls out of black for the toe pads, and two for the eyes.
- 26Use the paintbrush to LIGHTLY paint some clear alcohol such as Ever Clear on your teddy to make him shine.
- 27Brush some edible silver glitter over the bear and red or green glitter over the scarves for additional effect.
- 28Make a few more bears to share, following the same steps.Advertisement
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.
Categories : Arts & Crafts
Recent edits by: Robbi, Laurel Waddell