One in a Minion: A Fondant Tutorial

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


With the release of the Despicable Me movie from Universal in 2010, the Minion characters became all the rage, and they have multiplied in popularity with the sequel this year.

Their boisterous and hilarious personalities not only capture the hearts of kids and adults alike, Minions also lend themselves perfectly to themed desserts.

Fondant Minion on Top of a Cupcake

Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

WHAAAT! You want to join the party and learn how to make a Fondant minion figure? Here are materials you will need, along with step-by-step instructions.

Materials:

  • Yellow, light blue, white, black, light gray, light brown and salmon colored fondant
  • Fondant rolling pin — 1/8″ and 1/16″ guide rings
  • 1/4-inch wooden dowels
  • Modeling tool
  • Small modeling stick
  • Knife tool
  • Precision knife
  • Small circle cutter
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • Round tips #3, #5, #10 and #12
  • Water/edible glue
  • Brushes
  • Silver shimmer dust
  • White soft gel paste
  • Toothpick
  • Raw spaghetti

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Materials for Making a Fondant Minion Laid out on Table

Directions:

Step 1:

Roll yellow fondant into a ball (approximately 2″ round), then shape it into an oval.

Step 2:

Use the modeling tool to indent the mouth on the minion, making sure you leave ample room at the top for the eyes and on the bottom for the overalls.

Step 3:

Roll out salmon-colored fondant with the rolling pin 1/16″ thick, and cut out a small circle with the round cutter. With your fingers, shape it to the same shape as the minion’s mouth and use edible glue to attach it inside.

Step 4:

Roll out white fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and cut out a small circle with the round cutter. With your fingers, shape it into the same shape as the Minion’s mouth. Then, with the precision knife, cut the top and bottom of the shape. Use the knife to indent teeth and glue the two pieces to the top and bottom of the mouth respectively.

Step 5:

With the small modeling stick, make indentations at the top of the Minion’s head to later insert the hair.

Fondant Tools Laid on Table, Next to Fondant Minion in Creation

Step 6:

Roll out light blue fondant with the rolling pin 1/8″ thick, and use the rolling pastry cutter to cut a thick strip for the front of the overalls and a thinner strip for the straps. Trim it to size with the precision knife and glue it to the Minion with the edible glue.

Step 7:

Using the bottom of a round tip, cut out a light blue circle, then cut it in half. Glue them to the sides of the Minion, attaching to the front and back of the overalls with the straight side facing upward.

Step 8:

Make a seam pattern around the perimeter of the overalls with the small modeling stick.

Step 9:

Cut out a small light blue circle with round tip #12 and flatten the top into a straight edge to construct the front pocket. Use the small modeling stick to make a seam pattern around the perimeter of the pocket and glue it to the front of the overalls.

Step 10:

Use a pieces of raw spaghetti to make holes at the bottom of the Minion to later insert the legs and feet.

Fondant Tools Laid Out with Pieces of Fondant and Minion

Step 11:

Roll out light gray fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as a guide, and cut out two circles with the small round cutter. Use round tip #10 to punch out a smaller circle from the center to form the goggles. Lightly brush the goggles with the silver shimmer dust.

Step 12:

Roll out white fondant slightly thinner than the goggles and punch out two circles with round tip #10. Insert and glue them in the center of the goggles.

Step 13:

Roll out light brown and black fondant with the rolling pin 1/16″ thick. Cut out two circles with round tip #5 and two circles with round tip #3. Assemble the eyes by gluing the brown circles to the white fondant, then the black to the brown.

Step 14:

Dip a toothpick into white soft gel paste and make “glimmer” dots on the eyes. Glue the eyes to the Minion.

Step 15:

Roll out black fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and use the rolling pastry cutter to trim a strip for the goggles. Trim it to size with the precision knife and glue it to the Minion’s head.

Fondant Tools, Arrows Indicating What to Add Next to Fondant Minion

Step 16:

Roll out black fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as guides. Use round tip #12 to cut out two circles. Shape them into teardrops, then use the precision knife to make two slices for the fingers. Round them out with your fingers and use the knife tool to indent the opposite end to form the hands.

Step 17:

Roll out yellow fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and cut out two circles with round tip #12. Roll them into balls, then roll them with your fingers onto your work surface to form the arms. Shape them as necessary and glue them to the Minion, along with the hands.

Step 18:

Roll black fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as guides and cut out two small circles with the round cutter. Shape them into a bit of a teardrop shape to form the minion’s shoes.

Step 19:

Roll light blue fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as guides and cut out two circles with round tip #12. Glue the light blue circles to the shoes and insert two pieces of raw spaghetti into each. Insert them into the previously-made holes at the bottom of the Minion and glue them in place.

Step 20:

Roll out black fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and use round tip #3 to cut out as many circles as holes you made at the top of the Minion’s head. Shape them into balls, then roll them onto your work surface to form the hair. Insert and glue each hair into the holes. An alternative to fondant hair is to paint thin raw spaghetti black and insert directly into the head.

Finished Fondant Minion on Cupcake, Others in Background

Have fun with your fondant minion designs and be sure to experiment with the different expressions and costumes for each character!

Fondant Minion in Classic Maid Uniform

Photos via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

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Various Minion Fondant Cupcakes

Photo via Sugar High, Inc.

These adorable fondant cupcake decorations by Sugar High, Inc. are the perfect example of the endless possibilities there are for incorporating the Minions’ lively character. By varying the expressions with their mouths, eyes and arm gestures, you can differentiate the designs with ease.

Large Purple Minion Cake with Smaller Minion Cupcakes

Photo via Scrumptious Buns

Scrumptious Buns is a master at pairing a larger cake with matching cupcakes, as shown in this delightful Minion presentation, infusing the newest characters from the latest movie. The cupcakes are completely covered with fondant in a dome shape, and again, their personalities shine through with their alternating expressions. The cake is a larger version, with more intricate details, including textured fondant resembling fur.

Five Minion Cake Pops

Photo via Bakerella

Cake pop guru Bakerella created these incredibly charming and sweet Minions in honor of the movie’s release. After dipping the shaped cakes in colored chocolate, the use of candy and jimmies, silver luster dust and licorice strings perfectly completes the Minion characters and brings their adorable features to life.

Multitude of French Minions Macarons

Photo via Crumbs

French macarons continue to be a big trend in the baking world, and Crumbs has transformed these delectable treats into works of art. By piping macaron batter, Aleena captured the many different Minion personalities and costumes in this awe-inspiring set.

Minion Chocolate Spoon Tops

Photo via Living Locurto

Minions on a spoon are such a fun treat to offer! Living Locurto shared this sweet and simple confection by dipping plastic spoons into chocolate and embellishing with candy and icing to create cute and fun Minions. Whether eaten on their own or used as hot drink stirrers, this easy chocolate-coated dessert will please the whole gang!

Comments

  1. INCREDIBLE! A lot of work goes into one little minion, but they sure look fabulous!

    1. Thank you so much, Sue!

  2. Kathy says:

    These are too cute! Thanks for the step by step tutorial. It is a big help.

  3. Aisha says:

    These are great! Now do you come up with the designs and what will work? I am just starting out with fondant cupcake toppers and have soooo many questions. Lol! Your work is FANSTACTIC!!

    1. Thank you so much, Aisha! A lot of it is practice, mixed with quite a bit of trial and error, but you’re definitely on the right track! Take advantage of all the tips and tutorials and ask away! :)