It’s Your Lucky Day: Learn How to Make a Fondant Leprechaun!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Cake Decorating | Comments


Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Be prepared for St. Patrick’s Day coming up on March 17th with this fondant leprechaun tutorial for your sweet St. Patrick’s Day cake or cupcakes.

Pinch some fondant as you follow these step-by-step instructions to make a lucky leprechaun for your St. Patrick’s Day cakes and cupcakes!

Title Image: How to Make a Fondant Leprechaun - Free Tutorial on Craftsy

Materials:

  • Black, green, orange, ivory and yellow fondant
  • Water/edible glue and brush
  • Fondant rolling pin with 1/8″ guide rings
  • Round decorating tips #3, #7, #10 and #12
  • 7/8″, 1 7/8″ and 2 1/4″ round cutters
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • Precision knife
  • Large ball tool
  • Small modeling stick
  • Raw spaghetti
  • Gold shimmer dust and brush

Fondant Modeling Tools to Make a Fondant Leprechan

Step 1:

Roll black fondant into a ball (approximately 1 1/4″), then with the large ball tool, make a circular indentation in the top center to form the pot. Make sure the opening is large and deep enough to insert the leprechaun’s body.

Step 2:

Roll a little bit of black fondant into a ball, then roll it out into a spaghetti strip on your work surface.

Step 3:

Fit the black strip around the opening of the black pot and cut the excess with the precision knife.

Step 4:

Glue the black strip in place and gently press it down with your fingers.

Modeled Fondant and Tools - First Steps in Making a Fondant Leprechaun

Step 5:

Roll green fondant into a ball (approximately 3/4″), then roll it into a sausage shape to form the body.

Step 6:

Insert a piece of raw spaghetti through the center by gently twisting it in, then glue it to the inside of the pot.

Step 7:

Roll ivory fondant into a ball (approximately 1/2″) to create the leprechaun’s head. Though not gluing it just yet, place it over the body to make a hole with the raw spaghetti to later allow to insert it and glue it when ready.

Step 8:

With the bottom of decorating tip #3 (the larger opening), make an indentation on the head to form the mouth. Turn the tip around to make indentations with the small tip to form dimples on each side of the mouth.

Step 9:

Roll ivory fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings.

Step 10:

Cut out a circle with decorating tip #10, then form it into an oval with your fingers.

Step 11:

Glue the nose to the leprechaun’s face.

Fondant Leprechaun Tutorial - Craftsy.com

Step 12:

Roll green fondant into a ball (a little smaller than 1/2″).

Step 13:

Shape the ball into the shape of a top hat, narrowing bottom a bit and flattening out the top.

Step 14:

Roll additional green fondant 1/8″ with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut out a circle with the 7/8″ round cutter. With your fingers, pull opposing sides a bit to form an oval.

Step 15:

Roll black fondant 1/8″ with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut a strip with the rolling pastry cutter.

Step 16:

Wrap the black strip around the bottom of the hat, trim the excess with the precision knife and glue it in place.

Step 17:

Glue the top of the hat to the bottom oval green fondant and lift up the longer sides up on the sides and glue them in place.

Step 18:

Roll ivory fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut two circles with round decorating tip #12.

Step 19:

Pinch one end of one circle, then make an indentation with the small modeling stick. Pinch the other end and form the ear against the leprechaun’s head. Repeat the steps for the second ear and glue them in place.

In-Progress Shot of Fondant Leprechaun Being Made

Step 20:

Roll black fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut out two circles with decorating tip #3.

Step 21:

Glue the two black circles on the leprechaun’s face to form the eyes.

Step 22:

Roll orange fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. Use decorating tips #s 7, 10 and 12 to cut out circles in several sizes.

Step 23:

Roll the circles into balls, then into longer strips on your work surface. Start at one end of one strip and coil it into itself. Repeat with the other balls.

Step 24:

Glue the coiled orange fondant to the leprechaun’s face to form the beard. Place the smallest ones by the ears, then cascade them down in ascending order with the larger ones around the chin.

Step 25:

Glue the head to the body, then the hat over the leprechaun’s head.

How to Make a Fondant Leprechaun: Craftsy Tutorial

Step 26:

Roll green fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut a circle with the bottom (larger end) of round decorating tip #10.

Step 27:

Cut the circle in half and roll the two halves into balls.

Step 28:

Shape them into sausages, then press one end to form around the leprechaun’s side on each arm.

Step 29:

Roll ivory fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut out two circles with round decorating tip #10.

Step 30:

Roll them into balls, then shape them into an oval shape. With the precision knife, make a small slit on each to separate the thumbs and round them out with your fingers.

Step 31:

Glue the green arms and hands to the leprechaun’s body and over the black pot.

Tools for Making a Fondant Leprechaun

Step 32:

Roll out yellow fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut out a circle with the 2 1/4″ round cutter.

Step 33:

Using the 1 7/8″ round cutter, make an indentation on the yellow circle to form a large gold coin.

Step 34:

Use the bottom of a round decorating tip to cut out a few small coins out of the yellow fondant.

Step 35:

Brush all the yellow fondant coins with gold shimmer dust and allow them to dry thoroughly.

Finished Fondant Leprechaun - Tutorial on Craftsy.com

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With whom will you be sharing your sweet pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day?