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Create Some Tiny Magic With This Christmas Elf Fondant Topper

With Christmas just around the bend, many of us are starting to wind down as the year ends and we look forward to taking a bit of time off to relax and enjoy the holidays. But that is certainly not the case for a certain group: the elves!

It's go-time at Santa's workshop and these little guys are working their little behinds off to finish up toy production and get ready for the big night.

Celebrate the holidays with this charming Christmas cupcake topper, honoring all the little elves helping to spread some festive cheer!

Christmas elf fondant tutorial

Materials:

  • Ivory, black, pink, green, brown, red and yellow fondant
  • Fondant rolling pin with 1/8" and 1/16" guide rings
  • Water/edible glue and brush
  • Vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2" and 1 7/8" circle cutters
  • Miniature circle cutter
  • Large leaf cutter
  • Round decorating tips #7 and #10
  • Fondant modeling tool
  • Precision knife
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • White soft gel paste and toothpick

Elf fondant tutorial step 1

Step 1:

Roll out ivory fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings and cut out a circle with the 1 1/2" round cutter for the elf's face.

Step 2:

Utilizing the larger end of a round decorating tip, make an indentation towards the bottom of the circle to form the mouth.

Step 3:

Utilize the tip of the modeling tool to make an indentation in the middle of the mouth, downward. Then, use the modeling tool to make oval-shaped indentations for the elf's eyes.

Step 4:

Cut out a circle from the ivory fondant with round decorating tip #10. Roll it into a ball, then shape it into an oval.

Step 5:

Roll out additional ivory fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Cut out two circles with the miniature circle cutter. Shape one into a teardrop shape by pinching one end together into a tip. Utilize the modeling tool to make an indentation in the center of the fondant teardrop, then pinch the opposite end. Shape it to the side of the the elf's head, then repeat the process for the opposite ear.

Step 6:

Roll out black fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Cut out two circles with round decorating tip #7. Roll them into ovals, then glue them in the indentations to form the eyes.

Step 7:

Roll out pink fondant thin with the rolling pin and 1/16" guide rings. Cut out two circles with round tip #10, then shape them into wider ovals. Glue them to the elf's cheeks.

Step 8:

Cut out a small circle out of the thin pink fondant with round decorating tip #7 and glue it in the indentation under the elf's mouth. Utilize the precision knife to make a vertical indentation on the pink fondant for the elf's tongue.

Elf fondant tutorial step 2

Step 9:

Roll out brown fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Utilize the 1 1/2" circle cutter to trim off the top of the brown circle to begin creating the elf's hair.

Step 10:

With the precision knife, cut off pieces in varied sizes to create the elf's hair. Use your fingers to style it over the elf's forehead and glue it in place.

Step 11:

Roll out green fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Punch out a large leaf with the coordinating cutter.

Step 12:

Utilize the 1 7/8" circle cutter to trim off the bottom (around the center of the leaf-shaped fondant) and begin to form the elf's hat.

Step 13:

Place the hat over the top of the elf's head  and shape the pointed end. Once satisfied with the placement, glue it in place.

Elf fondant tutorial step 3

Step 14:

Roll out red fondant and cut out a strip with the rolling pastry cutter (approximately 3/4" wide). Utilize the precision knife to cut small triangles from the red strip, creating the pointed fabric roll for the elf's hat. Shape it over the elf's head, at the edge of the hat where it meets the hair and glue it in place.

Step 15:

Roll out yellow fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Cut out one circle with round decorating tip #10 and four circles with tip #7. Roll all the circles into individual balls. Glue the largest one to the tip of the elf's hat and the remaining small balls to the points of the red fold.

If desired, dip a toothpick in white soft gel paste and dab little circles on the elf's eyes to make little "glimmer" dots.

Christmas Elf Fondant Cupcake