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Fondant Reindeer Cake Topper
Heather

Fondant Reindeer Cake Topper

by Heather
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This little reindeer is incredibly easy to make and takes no time at all. It would be great for adding on to a festive cake or why not make smaller ones for adorning your cupcakes? This Rudolph-inspired reindeer cake topper would look great on his own or you could also make the rest of the reindeer gang (and give each one a different coloured scarf!) We've even put together a fondant Santa cake topper tutorial so you can make the ultimate festive scene. Not only that, but you only need a few materials and tools, so let's get cracking!

you will need...

  • Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste
  • Black Sugarpaste
  • Red Sugarpaste
  • White Modelling Paste
  • Blade Modelling Tool
  • Ball Modelling Tool
  • Scallop Modelling Tool
  • Edible Glue
  • Mini Heart Sprinkles / Dragees

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Renshaws Regalice Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.49
Renshaws Flower & Modelling Paste - White
Renshaws Flower & Modelling Paste - White
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£2.99
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
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£4.79
PME Ball Modelling Tool
PME Ball Modelling Tool
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£4.14
PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
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£4.14
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.49
Mini Pink & Red Heart Sprinkles
Mini Pink & Red Heart Sprinkles
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£2.49

instructions

Before you start, it's a good idea to knead some gum tragacanth into your sugarpaste to ensure your reindeer topper sets hard. This will stop the sugarpaste from slipping out of shape and deforming.

Shaping The Reindeer Body

1. First, make the body by forming a chunky sausage shape out of the teddy bear brown sugarpaste, then make 2 slits in a cross pattern (going half way through the sugarpaste). This will give the body texture. Gently smooth and round the body to soften it out and set to one side.

Making The Head

2. To make the head, model a cone shape from some more teddy bear brown sugarpaste but soften the narrower end to make the nose/muzzle of the reindeer. Roll a small oval shape from the pale brown sugarpaste and attach to the front of the head with a little edible glue. Press a small heart sprinkle into the muzzle to make a nose.

3. For the eyes, make two indentations in the front of the face using the smaller end of the ball modelling tool. Roll two small balls of black sugarpaste and stick these into the indentations, securing into place with a small amount of edible glue.

4. Next make the antlers by forming a small, long tapered cone shape from white modelling paste. Using a sharp knife or small pair of scissors make two snips into the top (rounded) end of the cone, then gently round and tease apart using your fingertips.

Making The Ears & Tail

5. To make the ears and tail, take three small, equal pieces of teddy bear brown sugarpaste and roll these into balls. Flatten slightly using your fingertips and then mould the ends so that they become pointed. Stick both the ears and the antlers to the reindeer's head, and the tail to the back of the reindeer using edible glue.

Adding Facial Features

6. Add detail to the face of your reindeer by firstly rolling two tiny pieces of white sugarpaste into small balls. Stick these to the upper right hand corner of your reindeer's eyes. Use the scalloped end of the scallop & comb tool to create two indentations above the reindeer's eyes. You can also at this point make a shallow line beneath the eyes using a blunt knife or the blade modelling tool.

Making The Legs

7. To complete the reindeer's body, you will need to make some legs. The easiest way to do this is by rolling a long sausage shape (use a cake smoother to get a perfectly smooth cylinder) and cut this into 4 equal pieces. Mould these pieces using your hands into chunky cylinder shapes.

8. Attach each cylinder to the underside of the reindeer and secure into place using edible glue.

Finishing Touches

9. Finally, to ensure your reindeer doesn't get too cold, you can add extra details such as a scarf! Roll out a long piece of red sugarpaste and cut this into a thin strip. Use a sharp knife to create lots of slits in the ends of the scarf to form the tassels. Wrap the scarf around the reindeer's neck and again, secure into place using a small amount of edible glue.

You've now finished your sugarpaste reindeer in time for Christmas! Now that you've made your reindeer, why not go ahead and make a few more; don't forget about Dasher, Dancer, Prancer Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner & Blitzen! We've also created a Santa Claus tutorial for you to follow so that you can make the ultimate festive scene for your Christmas cakes this Winter.

 

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