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How to make a fondant guitar

11 Oct

I got a few requests to make a tutorial on this fondant guitar that I had made for a birthday cake. Its very simple to make and I’ve posted a detailed tutorial here.

You will need to make this a couple of days ahead or at least the previous day since it needs time to dry.

You will need:

  1. Two printed pictures of a guitar coloring page of your choice. You can easily find it on google images. Make sure that you resize it before you print. In the example I have resized it to 5 cm.
  2. Fondant : Lemon size base color ( I’ve used blue since I already made a red guitar) . A little bit of black, white and grey.
  3. Tylose powder( omit if you are using gumpaste)
  4. Craft knife
  5. Silver dust powder
  6. Brush for the dust powder
  7. A palette knife
  8. Fondant extruder/ garlic press ( omit if you don’t want to make strings)
  9. Edible glue  or water
  10. Rolling pinMethod:

1.Mix some tylose powder with all the colors and set aside.

2.Cut out the outline of the entire guitar from one the coloring picture. With the other picture, cut out the fret board  and white part of body ( Refer to picture)

3. Roll out the base color of fondant to about 1/6th of an inch thick. Place the cut out of the guitar on the fondant, making sure that it doesn’t move and carefully cut out the outline. Be careful not to stretch the fondant.

Tip: If the fondant tends to stretch too much , just leave the rolled out fondant to air out a bit and then cut.

4.Remove the paper and then smooth the sides with your finger. Carefully lift it with your palette knife and set aside.

5. Take a bit of white and black fondant and cut out the other parts of the guitar as below

6. Place the parts of the guitar on the base body and and then if you feel that the placement is alright, glue it with some water ( just a drop will do) or edible glue.

7.With the back of your craft knife, gently make indents for the frets. Try and get at least 12-14 frets( sections on the black part) . If possible , put  little white dots on the 3rd , 5th, 7th and 12th fret. ( Just a little detail that makes it more real)

8. Now to add some details. Make small parts from grey. 6 tiny balls for the tuning keys, 1 part to hold the strings and 3 small parts for the body. Please refer to the pictures below to see how to make them. Remember that they are really small, smaller than a green pea.

9. Use the fondant extruder or a garlic press to make the strings. (You can leave out the strings if you want) .

10. Place all the grey parts on a kitchen paper and dust them silver to give it a lovely shine.

You can’t place all six strings on the guitar and thats why I have some broken strings .Place all the parts on the guitar and its done!!! Leave it to dry over night or better for 24 hours and place it upright as a cake topper.

NOTE: Ooops!  I forgot to add the volume and tone buttons( the three little white ones) to the blue guitar. Refer to the picture of the red guitar at the top of this page if you’d like to add the detail.

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How to marble fondant the easy way

28 Sep

The traditional method of marbling fondant is to mix three shades of the same color with white and mix it until you get the right effect that you need. I’ve always had a couple of  problems with that. I never seem to have the dark color that I want available and have to make a portion of it ( not the best when you are in a hurry). Secondly, I tend to over knead and I lose out on the right shade of marbling.

So here’s a quick way of getting the marble effect on fondant

You’ll need:

1. Fondant . For the example I ‘ve used fondant the size of a large lemon. The fondant Has to be soft.

2. A rolling pin

3. Fondant color of your choice

4. Two  ice-cream sticks or two butter knives . Toothpicks will not work in this case.

Step 1:

Make sure that the fondant is nice and soft. You can either pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds on high or knead it until its soft. Roll your fondant into a sausage and flatten it slightly.

Step 2: Using the first ice-cream stick, put small drops of food color on the fondant about 1/2 cm apart. If its a large piece of fondant, then about 1 cm apart.

Step 3: With the other stick, gently push the color into the fondant about 1/2 way through. Make sure that you don’t push it all the way through. The reason I use two different sticks is that if you need more color, then dipping the fondant covered stick into the color tub will ruin the color that’s already in the tub.

Step 4: Fold the fondant over and roll it out a little. Don’t worry if you get some color on the rolling pin. DO NOT KNEAD.

Step 5: FOLD and roll it out again a few more times until you start seeing the right shade that you require. Remember : FOLD AND ROLL. It took me just 3 folds to get the right shading that I needed.

Hope you find this useful. This is how I marbled and covered the cake below.