A three-dimensional fondant whale makes a big splash as a cake topper, perfect for occasions such as baby showers and birthday parties. Fondant is a soft sugar dough that can be molded and shaped just as you would shape play dough. An entire whale can be shaped with a single ball of fondant. Fondant shaping tools come in handy, but other objects such as toothpicks, skewers, spoons and your own hands are suitable alternatives if you don't have a fondant tool kit. While you can make the whale any color you desire, try light blue fondant for a simple whale.
Things You'll Need
- White fondant
- Blue food coloring gel
- Spoon or paper towel
- Royal icing
- Decorating bag
- Fondant knife
- Fondant sharp pick tool
- Fondant smile tool
- Red food coloring gel
- Fondant pick tool
- Black food coloring gel, candy eyes or edible marker
- Fondant ball tool
Pull off some white fondant and roll it into a ball that measures about 3 inches in diameter to make a 5- to 6-inch long whale. Add a few drops of food coloring gel with a toothpick. Knead the fondant until the food coloring is evenly distributed and the fondant is a uniform color.
Roll the fondant in the palms of your hands to form a 3-inch ball. Roll one side of the ball slightly more to form a teardrop shape. Pinch the spot on the teardrop where it begins to taper. This results in a large ball shape and a narrow section that connects to a smaller ball shape.
Flatten the smaller ball shape at the tail end and shape it into a tail shape. Basically, the tail shape should resemble a fan with the. Snip this fan shape in half with scissors to create the separation typical of whale tails.
Make several closely spaced snips across each section of the tail -- this technique is commonly used to make feathers with paper. Squeeze each tail section gently to push the tail snips back together. You should be left with several visible lines in the tail, but squeezing them reconnects them. Smooth the sides of the tail piece with your fingertips to soften and round the edges.
Bend the tail upward, starting at the narrow section that connects the body to the tail. Place a large spoon, crumpled paper towel or similar object under the tail to hold the curved shape.
Flatten the bottom of the large ball portion and elongate the entire large ball slightly. This is just to make it less like a perfect sphere, giving it a slightly longer appearance that more closely resembles a whale, but you don't want to make it a perfect rectangular prism either.
Shape two small balls of the fondant into teardrop shapes to use as fins. Elongate the shapes slightly and press the round ends of the teardrops flat. Make several slits in the flat portion with scissors; press these back together to leave lines. Attach these to the sides of the whale body with royal icing. Squeeze a small amount of royal icing on the fin and press it against the whale body to hold it in place.
Carve a mouth into the front of the whale, positioned slightly up from the bottom. Extend the mouth from one side of the whale, around the front and to the other side of the whale. A fondant knife or fondant sharp pick tool work well for carving the mouth, but any sharp knife also works. Spread the cut open a bit so you can see inside the mouth. If desired, use a fondant smile tool or the curve of a spoon to add slight curves at the corner of the mouth.
Press a tiny ball of red or pink fondant flat and work it into a curved tongue shape that is flat on one side. Attach the tongue to the inside of the mouth with a bit of royal icing. To make red or pink fondant, knead red food coloring gel into white fondant, adding a little at a time until you achieve the desired shade.
Make small indentations for eyes on either side near the top of the whale's head, using a fondant pick tool or a toothpick. Roll tiny balls of white fondant for the eyes, with a speck of black fondant at the center attached to the indentations with royal icing. Alternatively, attach candy eyeballs -- small eyes sold with cake decorating supplies -- or draw the eyes with a food writing marker. Fondant and candy eyeballs are attached with royal icing, while food writing markers can be used to write directly on the whale. If desired, draw a few curly eyelashes at the corners to identify the whale as female.
Press an indentation on top of the whale's head to make a blowhole, using a fondant ball tool or your pinky finger.
Leave the whale to rest for about one day or until completely dry and hard. Leave the large spoon or paper towel under the tail so it hardens in that shape.
Tips & Warnings
- While a simple blue whale works well as a cute decoration for a baby or kid theme, you can easily customize the whale by using a different food coloring gel or adding features such as a dorsal fine. For example, add a white belly to a black whale, a white oval behind each eye, and complete it with a black dorsal fin to make an orca whale.