How to Make Dice With Fondant

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Fondant dice bring playfulness to cakes, whether you're honoring a high-roller casino gamer or want a dessert to accompany a family game night. You can make small dice for decorations, medium-sized dice to use as a cake topper, or make large dice from cake. Cut cubes from solid fondant to make small dice, shape marshmallow rice treats into medium cubes, or stack square cakes into several layers to make large dice. Fondant dots can be added to medium and large dice, but it's better to paint them onto small dice.

Covering Cubes With Fondant

  • Spread a thin layer of buttercream over all sides of the marshmallow treat or cake cube so the fondant will stick to the sides. If you plan to make small dice, you can simply cut out a cube from a large block of fondant with a sharp knife.

  • Roll out a piece of white fondant into a square about 1/4 inch thick and approximately four times the size of one side of the cube. If the cube is 4 inches on each side, for example, roll out a 16-inch fondant square, which is enough to cover all but the bottom of the cube, with some extra fondant for overlap. The side of the cube that faces down won't be seen, so there's no need to cover it with fondant. You can roll out the fondant with a large fondant roller or a basic rolling pin.

  • Roll up the fondant on the rolling pin or fondant roller. Line up the roller with one edge of the marshmallow cube or cake and slowly unroll it centered over the cube.

  • Run a fondant smoother over the top of the cube to press out air and prevent wrinkles. Run the smoother down along the corners and around the sides to smooth out the fondant. Lift the fondant away from the corners as you run the smoother over the corners, slowly releasing the fondant as you press it against the corner. Trim away the excess fondant along the bottom edge of the cube with a pizza cutter or rotary fondant cutting tool.

Fondant Dots

  • Roll out a piece of black fondant to about 1/8 inch thick. You can buy pre-tinted black fondant or knead black gel food coloring into white fondant.

  • Cut out several dots with a circle fondant cutting tool. Press the cutter straight down firmly and twist to ensure the cutter cuts all the way through the fondant. The dots should all be the same size, but the size depends on the size of the cube. Dots for 3-inch cube will be much smaller than the dots for an 8-inch cube to maintain the proper scale for dice.

  • Press the fondant gently with a fondant ball tool to mark the location for the dots on each side of the cube. Dice have six sides with a number of dots ranging from one to six on each side. One of the sides will face down, so you only need to add dots to five sides. If you skip a number on one of the dice, use that number on the second die, skipping a different number on the second die. Mark "one" with a dot at the center, mark "two" with two diagonal dots, mark "three" with three diagonal dots, mark "four" with four dots arranged in a square; mark "five" with a square of dots and one at the center; mark "six" with two columns of three dots.

  • Brush one side of each black dot with a small, damp brush. Work with one dot at a time. Small brushes often come with fondant decorating tool kits, but you can purchase a new artist's paintbrush to reserve only for use with fondant.

  • Line up the black dot with one of the small depressions on one side of the die. Press the dot onto the die and smooth it over with your finger to ensure it sticks. Repeat this process with the remaining black dots to complete the dice. The black dot fits inside the shallow depression which mimics the depressions in real dice.

Painted Dots

  • Press small dot depressions on all sides of each of the dice, with the number of dots ranging from one to six on each of the six sides of the dice. The tip of a paintbrush or fondant tool handle works well for making these small dots.

  • Dip the tip of a small paintbrush in black gel food coloring. Wipe the tip against the side of the food coloring container to remove any excess.

  • Paint the inside of each dot depression with the black gel food coloring. A fine-tipped paintbrush works best to fill in the tiny dots without going outside the edges. Repeat this on five sides of each dice. Wait until the food coloring gel dries completely before rolling the dice over to paint the dots on the sixth side.

Tips & Warnings

  • You need three 1-inch-thick layers to make a cube from a 3-inch cake pan, while a 6-inch-square cake needs three 2-inch layers to make a cube.
  • The numbers on opposite sides of a die add up to seven, so the one and six are opposite, as would the five and two and the three and four.

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