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Fondant Santa Cake Topper
Hayley

Fondant Santa Cake Topper

by Hayley
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This kooky fondant Santa Claus would be perfect on your Christmas cakes this year! His big eyes and matching tubby physique will bring plenty of festive cheer to your dinner table and is sure to impress family and friends! Learn how to make your very own Father Christmas cake topper with our simple tutorial. You could even make your own fondant reindeer to go with him!

you will need...

  • Red Sugarpaste
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Black Sugarpaste
  • Skin Coloured Sugarpaste
  • Wilton White Decorating Icing
  • Wilton Coupler/ Adapter
  • Wilton Star Piping Tip
  • Gum Tragacanth
  • Cake Smoother
  • Blade Modelling Tool
  • Ball Modelling Tool
  • Cutting Wheel or Knife
  • Edible Glue

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Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
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£1.39
Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Black Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
Renshaws Regalice Skin Colour Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Skin Colour Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
Wilton Ready To Use White Decorating Icing
Wilton Ready To Use White Decorating Icing
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£2.50
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
Wilton Icing Tube Coupler / Adapter
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£1.68
Wilton Large Star Decorating Tube #21
Wilton Large Star Decorating Tube #21
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£1.87
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
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£4.69
PME Smoother Polisher
PME Smoother Polisher
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£5.99
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
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.36

instructions

Before you begin to make your Santa topper, you firstly should knead some gum tragacanth into your sugarpaste to ensure the figure sets hard.

Making The Body

1. Once you've fully mixed in the gum tragacanth, take a piece of red sugarpaste (roughly the size of a walnut) and roll this into a sausage shape. Bend the sausage in half to form the legs.

2. Next take another walnut-sized piece of red sugarpaste and roll this, using your hands, into a smooth ball. Shape the ball slightly into a rounded cone.

3. Sit the ball on top of the legs and secure this using edible glue. You've now made the main body for your Santa topper.

4. Roll out some white sugarpaste to approximately 1mm thick and, using the cutting wheel, cut out a long thin strip, roughly 3mm in width.

5. Cut the strip into sections and glue these to the front of the Santa body, around the waist and around the ankles.

6. Taking another piece of red sugarpaste, roll this into a long sausage shape as before, but this time make it thinner. Cut the sausage in half and indent one end of each sausage using the ball tool. Next, take a piece of black sugarpaste and roll this into a ball. Split the ball into two equal pieces and flatten these slightly, moulding the sugarpaste into two tear drop shapes to make the gloves.

7. Use the blade modelling tool to create a slit in each glove where the thumb would be. Dab a little edible glue into the ends of the arms and push the pointed ends of the black balls into them. Create another long white strip of sugarpaste as before and wrap this around each wrist where the glove meets the arm.

8. Attach the arms to the body using a little edible glue.

9. Next, to make the boots, roll two small pieces of black sugarpaste into balls. Shape these, using your hands, into cylinder shapes. Use the blade modelling tool to indent the underside of each boot and then attach these, using edible glue, to the end of each leg.

Making The Head

10. To make the head of your Santa you will firstly need to roll a small piece of skin coloured sugarpaste into a smooth round ball. Place a cocktail stick through the body of your Santa and gently place the head on top of this.

11. Roll a small piece of skin coloured sugarpaste into a ball and glue this to the front of your Santa face. Roll another small piece of white sugarpaste into a tiny sausage shape and flatten slightly using your fingers. Make the ends of the sausage slightly pointed to complete the moustache. Use a small amount of edible glue and stick this directly beneath Santa's nose.

12. For the eyes, roll two small balls of white sugarpaste and two smaller pieces of black sugarpaste into balls. Place the black balls on top of the white ones and stick these to the front of Santa's face. Roll two more small pieces of white sugarpaste into tiny sausage shapes and stick these above each eye.

Making The Santa Hat

13. Take a small piece of red sugarpaste and roll this into a ball. Flatten this using a rolling pin so that it's only a couple of millimetres thick. Use the wide end of the ball modelling tool to create a slight indentation in the centre of the circle shape.

14. Place this on top of Santa's head and use a small amount of edible glue to secure into place. The second part of Santa's hat requires you to roll a small piece of red sugarpaste into a sausage shape. Roll a small piece of white sugarpaste into a smooth ball and attach this to the end of the sausage. Finally, wrap the sausage over the top of the Santa hat.

Final Steps

15. Santa won't be able to hear all of those Christmas songs without some ears! Take two tiny pieces of skin coloured sugarpaste and roll these into two balls. Flatten slightly using your fingers and then indent these using the small end of the ball modelling tool.

16. Attach the ears to the side of the head using edible glue and wrap another thin strip of white sugarpaste around the edge of the Santa hat to complete the look.

17. Roll a tiny piece of red sugarpaste and stick this beneath Santa's moustache to form the mouth. You're almost finished!

18. The final step in this tutorial is to create Santa's beard. To create a realistic effect for the beard, use the Wilton white decorating icing and the x piping tip. Starting just beneath the ear, slowly pipe the icing from one side of the face to the other. You may need to repeat this step several times to create a full-looking beard.

 

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