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!
- 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
- Small lollipop sticks
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.
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.
Roll each circle into a ball, then on your work surface into a sausage shape.
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.
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.
Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out several circles with the small round cutter.
Round the circles into balls with your fingers, then roll them out into thinner strips on your work surface.
Start at one end of the white strip and coil it into itself. Repeat with the remaining circles.
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.
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.
Roll out black fondant 1/4″ thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels. Cut out three circles with round decorating tip #12.
Roll the circles into balls, then shape them into triangles.
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.
Dip a toothpick into a bit of black soft gel paste and make a dot on each of the eyes.
Glue the sheep’s head to the body and allow to dry thoroughly.
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).
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.
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.
Place the remaining small heart on your work surface and shape it to stand upright.
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.
[box type=”shadow”]For further instruction on modeling all kinds of fun animals, make sure to check out the Bluprint 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! [/box]