Today I sculpted some baseball-themed fondant cupcake toppers for a friend. I neglected to take any pictures of the sculpting process, sorry. I’ll do my best to describe each step for those who want to make some of their own.
You will need:
- Fondant, homemade or store-bought
- Sculpting tools
- Food-safe brush
- Brown food coloring dusting powder
- Gel food coloring
- Food-safe markers
- Crisco or coconut oil
- Powdered sugar
- Paper towels
- Plastic wrap for storing unused fondant
- 2 shades of brown/tan fondant
- Toothpick or narrow-ended sculpting tool
- Food-safe marker
You’ll need two shades of fondant for these. I used tan and brown. I used gel food coloring in copper, brown and a touch of yellow to make tan. Then I used brown gel coloring to make a medium brown shade. (Tip: when coloring fondant, gel food coloring is best, & use a little at a time until the desired color is achieved.)
Take a small amount of both your tan & brown fondant. Roll each color into a small snake-shape. Then roll them together, folding and rolling them until you have created a marbled effect. (Tip: if your fondant is too dry to stick the two colors together, use a bit of water on a brush or add Crisco or coconut oil to soften the fondant and help the colors to meld together.)
Shape the baseball bat by rolling the fondant into a snake, applying slightly more pressure at one end so as to create a tapered end. Use the side of a toothpick or any small sculpting tool to make a faint indention on the tapered end and round out the butt of the bat. Slightly flatten the head of the bat, and you’re done!
- Brown fondant
- Toothpick or sculpting tool to create “stitching” effect
- Knife, fondant scissors or fondant slicing tool
- Brown food coloring dust & small food-safe brush (optional)
Roll 2 small balls of brown fondant & press them together, flattening them out a bit. The two pieces together create a seam.
Make 4 slices into the fondant to create the fingers. Gently round the cut edges with your fingers. Shape the glove gently, pressing into the center and curving the fingers in slightly.
Create stitches by poking small indentions along each side of the seam and around the fingers.
To help the glove keep from flattening out as it dries, lay it on pieces of crumpled paper towel. (Tip: after the glove dries for a bit, but before it has hardened, gently curve the fingers in and manipulate the glove to create wrinkles. I think this makes it look more like leather.) The final step is to dust some brown food coloring powder on the glove. Use a small dry food-safe brush dipped in just a bit of powder & gently brush the edges of the glove. Used sparingly, this gives a worn leather look and enhances the wrinkles & stitching details. (This step is optional.) Baseballs:
- White fondant
- Red food coloring marker
General fondant sculpting tips:
Kneed the fondant well before sculpting or covering a cake. Under-worked fondant will crack as it dries.
Prepare your work surface to keep the fondant from sticking: Use a bit of Crisco or coconut oil in drier temperatures, or dust work surface with powdered sugar in warmer temperatures or if fondant becomes too sticky.
To attach two pieces of fondant together, use a brush dipped into a small amount of water as a “glue”. Too much water will cause troubles, so use a little at a time.
To store unused fondant, coat it with a little Crisco or coconut oil & tightly wrap it in plastic wrap. This will keep it from drying out too quickly.