Wednesday 20 June 2012

How to make a fondant sheep

Isn't he cute?

I recently took a class to learn how to make some animals from fondant for decorating cakes. It's actually pretty straightforward once you know how!

The main thing you need to know is that all animals/people models are made from three basic shapes - the cone, the ball and the sausage. Once you've made these three basic shapes, you can build up pretty much anything. If you look at the picture above, you can probably break it down in your mind and work out which piece is which shape. Once you bear in mind that the sheep is made out of several pieces, it looks a lot more manageable!

We actually used regular fondant for these animals - I was a little surprised we weren't using Mexican paste or modelling paste but it seemed to work out OK (though several weeks on, the odd tail/ leg did fall off my creations!)

We began by making a cone from white fondant and several little balls - too many to count! Then we made sausage shapes from brown fondant which would form the arms and legs. See, it's easy!

Stick the body cone onto two of the legs and flatten the legs slightly so it sits straight

We used this modelling tool- I don't know what it's called - to make an indentation on the feet. They do look like sheep hooves, don't they?
I also stuck on the arms

Next take all the little white balls and use a dab of water on a paintbrush to stick them all over the sheep's body. It would never have occured to me to make the sheep's wool this way, but I think it looks really good!

I made another brown cone and flattened it slightly in the middle to form the head.Break a cocktail stick in half and use it to secure the head onto the body. Continue covering with 'wool'.

I used another modelling tool with a curved edge to make an indentation for a smile, and also poked small holes for eyes. The ears were small balls of brown fondant flattened then stuck on with a dab of water. I think he looks like a proper sheep, and pretty cute too! Stay tuned for a forthcoming post to see the cake I used this on.....


  1. do you have it with mint sauce?

  2. SO cute!! And you've made it sound so simple too!!

    1. Thanks - it actually is relatively easy when you know how, just a bit time consuming!

  3. because i've always wanted to make fondant sheep!... genius post title... very cute fella!

    1. I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or not Dom... I'd never thought about making a sheep before but did find a good use for it, I need to write up that post! The title is intended so that people hopefully putting that exact phrase into Google will find my blog.. who needs to pay for SEO optimisation lessons?!

  4. this is REALLY so sweet and gorgeous!!
    Mary x

  5. He's ever so cute - I'm very impressed. I keep meaning to try fondant animals but I'd need good instructions - I'm not very creative!

  6. That's a very cute sheep. I think even I could make one of these - although not as good as yours, of course.


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