I Love Ewe: Valentine’s Day Fondant Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Cake Decorating | Comments


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to profess your love than with decorated cakes or cupcakes that say I LOVE EWE?! This sweet little ewe, or female sheep, makes the perfect Valentine’s Day fondant addition to your cupcake or cake with a clever play on words. Also, make use of the tutorial for your next barnyard or farm cake.

Show your Valentine you care by saying I LOVE EWE with this step-by-step fondant tutorial to decorate your Valentine’s Day cake and cupcakes!

Valentine Fondant Tutorial - "I Love Ewe" Cupcakes

Materials:

  • White, black and red fondant
  • Water/edible glue and brush
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Fondant rolling pin with 1/8″ guide rings
  • 1/4″ wooden dowels
  • Round decorating tips #7 and #12
  • Small round/circle cutter
  • Small and medium heart cutters
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • Knife tool
  • Modeling tool
  • Medium modeling stick
  • Raw spaghetti
  • Black soft gel paste
  • Toothpick
  • Small lollipop sticks
Step 1: Forming Ewe Body

Step 1:

Roll white fondant into a ball (approximately 1″).

Step 2:

With your fingers, roll the ball into a cylindrical shape. Carefully insert a raw spaghetti through the center by gently twisting it in, leaving a little protruding from the top to hold the head.
Step 2: Inserting Spaghetti and Shaping Head

Step 3:

Roll black fondant into a ball (approximately 3/4″).

Step 4:

With your fingers, shape the ball into an oval shape, then narrow one end to form the sheep head.

Step 5:

Use the medium modeling stick to indent two holes for the eyes.

Step 6:

Use the knife tool to indent a “V” shape, then one vertical indentation directly below it for the snout.

Step 7:

Fit the head over the body and adjust it as necessary. Do not glue it just yet.
Step 7: Putting Together the Fondant Body

Step 8:

Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and guide rings and use decorating tip #7 to cut out two circles. Ball each circle up with your fingers and glue them where you created the indentations for the eyes.

Step 9:

Roll black fondant 1/4″ thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as guides. Use the small round cutter to punch out four circles.

Step 10:

Roll each circle into a ball, then on your work surface into a sausage shape.

Step 11:

With your fingers, shape the black sausages into limbs by narrowing one end to wrap around the sheep’s body and flattening the other end for the hooves.

Step 12:

Use the knife tool to make a vertical indentation at the top of the hooves and glue the limbs in place on the sheep’s body.

Step 13:

Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out several circles with the small round cutter.

Step 14:

Round the circles into balls with your fingers, then roll them out into thinner strips on your work surface.

Step 15:

Start at one end of the white strip and coil it into itself. Repeat with the remaining circles.

Step 16:

Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out many circles with round decorating tip #12 and roll them into balls.

Step 17:

Begin gluing the coiled circles and balls to the sheep’s body, covering the entirety of the white cylindrical shape. Save one large coil and a couple circles for the top of the sheep’s head.

Valentine's Day Fondant - Adding the Coils to the Fondant Ewe

Step 18:

Roll out black fondant 1/4″ thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels. Cut out three circles with round decorating tip #12.

Step 19:

Roll the circles into balls, then shape them into triangles.

Step 20:

Use the modeling tool to indent the center. Form two of them to the sheep’s head to form the ears and one on the back for the tail.

Step 21:

Dip a toothpick into a bit of black soft gel paste and make a dot on each of the eyes.

Step 22:

Glue the sheep’s head to the body and allow to dry thoroughly.

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Step 23:

Roll red fondant thick (approximately 1/2″) and cut out one medium heart and two small hearts. With the remaining red fondant, use the rolling pastry cutter to trim a rectangle (approximately 1 1/2″ long).

Step 24:

Dip your fingers in vegetable shortening and round out the sides and perimeter of the hearts, shaping it to the desired form. Carefully insert a small lollipop stick through the bottom center of the medium heart by gently twisting upward, ensuring it does not protrude from the top.

Step 25:

Repeat the step above with the rectangular shape, but this time allow the stick to protrude a bit through the top and glue one of the small hearts to the top.

Step 26:

Place the remaining small heart on your work surface and shape it to stand upright.

Step 27:

Allow all the pieces to dry thoroughly. Once dry and you are ready to decorate your cupcakes, trim the bottom of the lollipop sticks to fit inside your cupcake so that the fondant decoration sits just above the icing.

Completed Valentine's Cupcake and Ewe -

For further instruction on modeling all kinds of fun animals, make sure to check out the Craftsy course Cake Topper Techniques: Fondant Animals with Sharon Wee.

Craving even more Valentine’s day treats? Check out the NEW bonus lesson in Autumn Carpenter’s Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies, dedicated entirely to (you guessed it!) Valentine’s cookies!

And be sure to share your sweetest sugar creations in our first ever Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Contest!

You might also enjoy our posts on how to make Valentine cake pops and how to make conversation hearts at home.

How will EWE be professing your love to your Valentine this year?