How to Make a Monkey Out of Fondant for a Cake


Fondant is a thick, sugar icing closely resembling soft candy and is used to decorate cakes, cupcakes and other treats. You can use the versatile dough to create flat, cutout shapes or three-dimensional characters. Fondant takes practice but it is easy to work with once you've done it a few times. Purchased fondant comes ready to use or you can make your own fondant to create monkey face cutouts and 3D monkey shapes.

Things You'll Need

  • Purchased or homemade fondant, white or chocolate
  • Gel-based food coloring
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic wrap or plastic bags
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Monkey-shaped cookie cutter (optional)
  • Toothpick

Prepare the Fondant

  • Knead the fondant on a wax paper lined surface until the dough is soft and smooth.

  • Divide the fondant into three separate pieces. Divide one section for the head, body, legs, arms and tail. The second section is for the face, stomach, paws and ears. The third section is extra for miscellaneous pieces.

  • Color the first section of fondant with a dark color and the second section with a lighter or contrasting color. Add black food coloring to a small portion of the third section and leave the remaining fondant white.

  • Knead the food coloring into the fondant until it is evenly colored. Add more coloring as needed until the desired color is achieved. If the color is too dark, add small amounts of white fondant until you get the desired color.

  • Wrap each section of fondant in plastic wrap or in a plastic bag to prevent it from drying out. Remove each piece as needed to make the monkey.

Flat Monkey Face Shapes

  • Place the prepared fondant on a wax paper lined surface. Roll the dough out to the desired thickness, approximately 1/8-inch.

  • Cut out a circular shape for the head, and half circle notches for the ears using the dark-colored fondant. Alternatively, use a monkey-shaped or teddy bear head cookie cutter.

  • Roll three pieces of light-colored fondant between the palms of your hands to create three balls. Flatten each ball and place two of them side-by-side overlapping. Lay the third piece at the bottom so it overlaps the other two. Lightly roll the dough until it is smooth, creating the center of the monkey's face.

  • Position the face piece onto the head and lightly press the pieces together. Roll small pieces of light-colored fondant for the center of the ears and lightly press into place.

  • Roll additional pieces to create the monkey's eyes, nose and mouth and press into position.

3D Shaped Monkeys

  • Roll a circular ball of dark fondant for the head, an oval for the body, four tubes for the arms and legs, two small, flattened circles for the ears and a thin snake for the tail.

  • Roll thin pieces of the light fondant for the face shape, stomach and center of the ears. Make four balls for the hands and feet.

  • Lightly dampen the backs of the light pieces and position them to the appropriate dark-colored pieces -- face on the head, ear centers on ears and stomach on body. Gently press the pieces in place. Roll small pieces of white fondant for the eyes and black for the center. Position the eyes to the face.

  • Attach the ears to the head, hands to the arms and feet to the legs. Position the arms and legs to the body and attach the head. Use a finger dipped in cold water to lightly moisten each piece before attaching it.

  • Use the toothpick to make a small hole in the back of the body and insert the tail. Make indentations on the face for the nose and mouth.

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