Things You'll Need
- Flesh-colored fondant
- Black fondant, or desired color for ski suit
- Brown fondant
- Small bowl
- Small spoon
- Small paintbrush
- Black icing pen
Whether for the intrepid explorer of ski slopes in your life, or the timid conqueror, creating a small fondant skier decoration for a cake is the perfect memorable topping. Fondant can be easily molded in to the desired shapes and figures, making it the optimum choice when decorating a cake in 3-D skiers. Whether creating one or many, a small edible figurine is a great way to wow your guests.
Cover your hands and your work surface with a thin layer of shortening. This will keep the fondant from sticking to your hands.
Roll a small ball, about 1/2 inch in diameter, of flesh-colored fondant between your hands. This will be the head.
Create two small balls, about 1/16 inch diameter each, of flesh-colored fondant. These will be the hands.
Roll out one long oblong shape, tapering it at one end, about 1 1/2 inches long, from the black or chosen color of fondant. This will be the body. Slice it in two from the middle of the tapered end upwards to the middle of the oblong shape. These will become the legs. Gently shape them in to two rounded pieces and press them back together gently.
Create two long ropes from the same color as the body, until they are about 1/16 inch in diameter and 1/2 inch long. These will be the arms. Bend them both into a 90 degree angle from the middle.
Roll out the two skis from the brown fondant. Create them the same diameter and length as the arms. Press them slightly to flatten them and widen them so they are less than 1/16 inch thick.
Mix together an equal amount of water and fondant, enough to create about 2 teaspoons. Stir them thoroughly. This will create the glue to attach the pieces together.
Flatten the bottom of the legs slightly. Paint on a small amount of the fondant glue with a paintbrush. Press them on to the middle of both skis. Slightly flatten one end of each arm as well, and attach them using the glue so that the 90 degree angle points downward.
Press the top of one toothpick through the rounded hand. Repeat this with the other hand. Flatten them slightly on one side, parallel to the toothpick and paint a small amount of the glue on. Press the hands, one each, on to the end of the 90 degree arms.
Flatten the bottom of the ball that is to become the head. Place a small amount of glue on it. Press it down on to the top of the body.
Color in the eyes, nose, mouth and hair using the icing pen. Draw any excess features that you desire on to the head. Allow the skier to set for 1 to 2 hours before using it on a cake.
Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.