Everyone loves a good pun, especially when it's on top of a cupcake. Make these adorably sheepish fondant toppers for Valentine's Day and you're guaranteed to spark a few laughs.
I Love Ewe Fondant Toppers
What You Need
- White, black and red fondant ( buy it or make your own )
- Edible glue
- Food-safe brush
- Vegetable shortening
- Fondant rolling pin with ⅛" guide rings
- ¼" wooden dowels
- Round piping tips (we used #7 and #12)
- Small round cutter
- Small and medium heart cutters
- Rolling pastry cutter
- Knife tool
- Modeling tool
- Medium modeling stick
- Raw spaghetti
- Black soft gel paste
- Lollipop sticks
1. Shape the Sheep Body
Roll white fondant into a ball, approximately 1" round. Use your fingers to shape the ball into a cylinder. Carefully insert a piece of raw spaghetti through the center by gently twisting it in, leaving a little protruding from the top to hold the head.
2. Make the Sheep Face
Roll black fondant into a ball approximately ¾" round. Use your fingers to shape the ball into an oval, then narrow one end to form the sheep's head.
Use the medium modeling stick to indent two holes for the eyes, and a knife tool to indent a Y-shape for the snout. Fit the head over the body, but don't glue it in place just yet.
3. Add the Sheep Eyes
Roll out more white fondant with the rolling pin and guide rings. Use piping tip #7 to cut out two tiny circles. Ball each circle with your fingers and glue them on top of the eye indents.
4. Hoof It
Roll black fondant until it's ¼" thick with the rolling pin (use the wooden dowels as guides). Use the small round cutter to punch out four circles.
Roll each circle into a ball, then into a sausage shape. Shape the black sausages into limbs by narrowing one end that will 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.
5. Form the Coils
Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out several circles with the small round cutter.
Roll each circle into thin strips on your work surface. Coil each white strip into a tight circle.
6. Add the Fluff
Roll out more white fondant with the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out as many circles with round decorating tip #12 as you can. Roll them into balls.
Glue the coiled circles and balls onto the sheep's body, covering the entire white cylinder.
There's no right way to do this — as long as the body is covered, you can place the coils and balls wherever you want. Just make sure to glue one coil on top of the sheep's head and sandwich it with two smaller balls.
7. Give Him Ears and a Tail
Roll out more black fondant until it's ¼" 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. Glue two of them to the sheep's head to form the ears and one on the back for the tail.
8. Add the Final Touches
Dip a toothpick into a bit of black soft gel paste and make a dot on each of the eyes. Then glue the sheep's head to the body and allow to dry thoroughly.
9. Shape the Other Toppers
Roll red fondant until it's about ½" thick and cut one medium heart and two small hearts. With the remaining red fondant, use the rolling pastry cutter to trim a rectangle approximately 1½" 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. Be careful it doesn't protrude through the top. Insert a lollipop stick into the rectangle in the same manner, but you want the stick to protrude slightly. Glue one of the small hearts on top of the rectangle to cover this.
Place the remaining small heart on your work surface and shape it to stand upright. Allow all pieces to dry.
Once the fondant is dry, trim the bottom of the lollipop sticks to fit inside your cupcake so the fondant decorations sit just above the icing. Ewe'll have the cutest Valentine's Day cupcakes around!
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