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Make-a-Cake Series: Fondant Candy

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I think its so whimsical and fun to create sugar art out of everyday things that I can buy in the store.
Like taking something as simple as wrapped candy and turning it into sweet little fondant decorations.

Fun right? 
And so much more charming than buying bulk candy in the store for decoration. 
And perfect to add to a cake.
Or they would make great cupcake toppers……so many options.
1. Fondant cutter or pizza cutter
2. Fondant roller
3. Gum paste modeling tool (optional)
4. Gumpaste and fondant.
This project is a good example of when to use its perfectly fine to use fondant while creating, and then when you need to use gumpaste.
I used fondant for the body of the candy because it does not need to hold any of it’s own weight. The fondant will harden some but I don’t need it to harden solid. 
The wrapper sides need to stick out and hold it’s shape so I used gumpaste because it will get nice and hard.
First I started to shape my candy bodies.
I made three basic shapes (circle, rectangle, and cylinder) all starting with the same size ball. 
I flattened the ball out to make the circle.
For the square I flattened the ball and then shaped it into a rectangle.
For the cylinder I just rolled it out between my palms.
We need small holes in the sides of the candies to insert the wrappers, so I used my gumpaste modeling tool to make the holes. You could use a piping tip or a toothpick as well.
**Make all of your candy bodies at the same time and set them aside to dry for 12-24 hours. 
Next, the wrappers:
Roll out your gumpaste quite thin and cut strips with the fondant cutter.
Cut rectangles out of the strips.
Pick up one strip at a time and on one side of the rectangle, brush with a little bit of water. 
Make two pleats in one side of the rectangle….
And pinch together.
Make two of these for every candy body. 
**You may want a few extras just in case something breaks.
Set all the wrappers aside with the candy bodies and let them dry for 12-24 hours.

Assemble the candies.
Brush the inside of the holes with a little bit of water and place them together.

Repeat on the other side.
Let them set for 1-2 hours.

I decorated some of my candies with stars and polka dots for added cuteness.
Some of my candies were used on this Candy Shop themed birthday cake.
Here is how I did a few other things on this cake.
  •  The candles I saw in the 2011 Wilton idea book. They are plastic supports with fondant accents. The “wax” on the very top of the candle is cut out with a flower cookie cutter. The flame is cut with a leaf cookie cutter and inserted with a toothpick. After the “wax” dries I inserted the toothpick. I attached the finished candle with water to the cake.  
  • For the lollipops, I made thin ropes with all the colors using my extruder. I took one rope of each color and twisted them into a larger rope. I coiled the rope into a lollipop shape. I cut the end off and used water to keep the end together. Then I inserted a sucker stick into the bottom where the rope ended. Let dry for 2-4 days. 

I hope you find it just as fun as I do to take something simple, and turn it into something special.

I sure love it!

Happy Decorating!

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Saphene says:

    Thank you so much ! I tried to make fondant candies yesterday and I didn’t know how to do it, so it was a disaster. It seems so easy that way ! I was planning to try again tonight, it will be so much easier !

  2. Alberta says:

    Very creative. Loved the finished cake.

  3. Missy says:

    I hope you don't mind, but I shared the link to this tutorial on my blog! I love it!

  4. Katie says:

    You are amazing! I love that cake!

  5. Theresa says:

    The cake is gorgeous! Thanksfor all the photos :)

  6. Mrs. Rogers says:

    Those look fabulous and does the cake! I can't even imagine being able to make something that beautiful!

  7. Brittany says:

    Veronica– There are past post that answer both of your questions. The titles are "fill and stack a cake" and "baking stacking and icing". You can find the under the tutorials section of there is a button on the right side bar will all the posts. I hope this helps!!

  8. don camilo y caldereta says:

    Que maravilla, si parecen caramelos de verdad!!! Perfectos.
    Y tan bien explicado que parece facil.
    saludos. Maite

  9. Veronica says:

    Thanks once again for such fabulous ideas! That cake is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colour combinations.
    One quick question:
    I would like to know what cake recipe you use. How do you get one to stand on top of the other without the bottom one squicshing and collapsing?

  10. Denise says:

    Love it! I get sooooo many great ideas from your blog! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Shaunte Wadley says:

    That is seriously the cutest cake I have ever seen! I don't think I could bear to cut into it…

  12. Sara says:

    I have to say, I was very disappointed after reading the title "Fondant Candy". I thought 'Yum! candy made out of fondant!!!' then I figured it only looked like candy… ;)

  13. Brittany says:

    The Leonards– I have had the same problem with circles! My solution is to use a small metal icing spatula to get the dots of the counter. It slides under easy and pulls then up without damage. Good Luck!

    Natelyn- You read my mind! I have a few things in the works to show some tips on making figures. I think it will be in the next two weeks.

  14. bedelia says:

    I suddenly decided my son needed a truck cake 2 days before his birthday. Thanks for this series. It helped me out a ton.

  15. Natelyn says:

    Do you have any suggestions on how to make fondant or gumpaste figures? Like people or animals?

  16. The Cummings Family says:

    So the candy bodies are the fondant and the wrappers are the gumpaste…right?
    very cute!

  17. Julia says:

    Awesome! I saw this cake on your website and I thought to myself "I hope she shows us how to make that, it's so cute" and here it is!!

  18. Anissa says:

    Brilliant. Seriously. I'm gearing up to make my first fondant cake. Gotta practice for the up and coming kids bday party. :)

  19. Angela says:

    So cute!! love them and thanks for sharing

  20. Angie says:

    I adore those! So sweet ;) you are so creative. Thanks for sharing your how-tos!

  21. The Leonards says:

    The cake is adorable! How do yo get your circles to stay so perfect. I feel like when I pick mine up they start to warp. Do you have them harde a little first?

  22. Roeckers says:

    Love it! Now I am dying to try working with fondant!

  23. Jennwith4 says:

    How fun and simply lovely! I've been wanting to take a cake decorating class, hopefully I'll be able to soon.

  24. Josten and Sarah says:

    Brittany, that cake for Kardynn was AMAZING!!! And it was super yummy! It was such a hit!

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