Saturday, October 15, 2011

How to Make a Pirate From Fondant

How to Make a Pirate From Fondantthumbnail Fondant means "melting" in French. Fondant is a edible, soft icing consisting of gelatin, water, corn syrup, glycerin and sugar. Fondant is mostly used in baking for decoration. Its pliability and ability to stay together makes it ideal for creating cake decorations, from flowers to miniature people. Fondant can be used to make a pirate, which is great for children's parties or any pirate enthusiast. After the fondant is created, it is easy to make a small, fondant pirate that will look great and taste great too.

Difficulty:Moderately Easy2 bowlsMeasuring cups/spoonsWhiskMicrowave1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin1/4 cup cold water1 tsp. almond extract1/2 cup light corn syrup1 tbsp. of glycerin2 lbs. 10X confectioners' sugarSifterSpoonWooden spoon1/2 tsp. white vegetable shorteningFood coloringWooden stick1

Place 1/4 cup cold water into a miniature bowl. Put 1 tbsp. of unflavored gelatin into the bowl of water and let rest for two minutes until soft.


Microwave the bowl of gelatin and water on high for 30 seconds. Once the gelatin dissolves, it is ready.


Take the bowl out of the microwave. Add 1 tsp. of almond extract, 1 tbsp. of glycerin and 1/2 cup of light corn syrup. Stir the mixture until it is soft and translucent. If if fails to turn smooth, place it in the microwave for about 20 seconds, and stir.


Use a sifter to sift 1 1/2 lbs. of sugar into a bowl. Use a spoon to form a hole in the middle of the pile of sugar, and pour in the wet ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to stir until it is sticky.


Sift some of the remaining 1/2 lb. of sugar into the mixture until the mixture cannot hold any more. Then sift the remaining amount of sugar onto a clean table.


Pour out the mixture onto the table. Put vegetable shortening on both thumbs, and use them to knead the fondant mixture until it is pliable.


Place about 15 droplets of food coloring into the fondant to create the desired fondant color.


Make two small, cylindrical ball shapes the size of your palm to make the pirate legs.


Mold the fondant into a small rectangular shape, about 1/2 inch long and 1/4 inch thick. Add the pirate's legs by placing the two ball shapes onto the rectangle.


Create a rectangle, preferably of a different color, that is about 1 inch long and and 1 inch wide, to create the pirate's shirt/torso. Add two small cylindrical shapes, about 1/4 inch, on both sides for arms.


Fashion flesh-colored fondant into the shape of hands, and make a ball shape for the head. Place the head shape on top of the torso.


Mold two tiny black balls for eyes and two small, flesh-colored ears, and attach them to the face. Use a wooden stick to incise a smile into the pirate's face.


Add a black eye-patch over one eye, and mold black fondant into a pirate hat and put a sticker of a white skull on it, or create a fondant skull. Decorate the pirate as desired with a fondant sword, bandanna or earring.

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