Parents tend to create little nicknames for their kids, whether they are expecting a baby or already have children: sweetie, pumpkin, kiddo and especially peanut! Here's a fun fondant project to celebrate these adorable nicknames — dress the little peanuts up and pair them with some fondant pacifiers and it will make the perfect cupcake topper for a baby shower, gender reveal party or first birthday!
Welcome the arrival of a Lil' Peanut (or two) with this step-by-step tutorial to adorn your cupcakes!
- Dark tan (peanut), light blue, blue, pink and black fondant
- Fondant rolling pin with 1/8 " guide rings
- 1/4" wooden dowels
- Water/edible glue and brush
- 1 1/2" circle cutter
- Knife tool
- Precision knife
- Rolling pastry cutter
- Food safe scissors
- Round decorating tips #3 and #10
- White soft gel paste & toothpick
- Miniature bow mold
- Vegetable shortening
Roll out dark tan fondant thick with the rolling pin and 1/4" wooden dowels as guides. Cut out a circle with the 1 1/2" round cutter.
Roll the circle into a ball, then begin to shape it with your fingers into an oval and eventually into a peanut shape by narrowing the center. The beauty of a peanut shell is that it is never perfect!
With your knife tool, start by making vertical indentations across its entire surface (making sure not to press too hard), then repeat with horizontal lines. Once complete, re-shape the peanut as desired with your fingers, which will also smooth out the lines a bit. Sit the peanut up on your work surface.
Utilize the larger opening of a round decorating tip to make an indentation for the peanut's mouth by pressing down at a 45° angle, then utilize tip #3 to indent dimples in the same manner. Roll out light blue fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Cut out a circle with the larger bottom opening of a round decorating tip. Form it over the top of the peanut's head and glue it in place.
Roll out blue fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings and cut out a strip with the rolling pastry cutter to form the sweater brim of the hat.
Utilize the knife tool to make small vertical indentations on the sweater brim. Fit it around the light blue hat and trim the excess with the precision knife. Glue it in place.
Roll out blue fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings and cut out a circle with round decorating tip #10.
Roll the blue circle into a ball, then make small cuts all around the ball with the food scissors to make it into a little sweater pom. When complete, glue it to the center of the blue hat.
Roll out black fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Cut out two circles with round decorating tip #3 and roll them into two balls. Flatten them out just a bit and glue them to the peanut to create its eyes.
Roll blue fondant out with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. Cut out one circle with round decorating tip #10 and one with tip #3.
Take the larger circle and form it into an oval shape.
With a toothpick (or a small modeling stick), make two little holes on each side of the oval.
Take the smaller blue circle and roll it into a ball. Then, glue it to the center of the oval to create the pacifier. Glue it in place on the peanut over the indented mouth.
Dip the toothpick in white soft gel paste and make small polka dots over the little hat.
Take a little bit of pink fondant, flatten it out just a bit, then brush some shortening over it. Stick it into the desired mold and cut away the excess fondant. Remove the bow by pulling the mold back.
Glue the bow to the peanut's head and utilize the white soft gel paste and toothpick to make small polka dots on it. Repeat the process to make the pacifier in pink and allow the peanuts to dry thoroughly.
You can decorate your cakes and cupcakes with the peanuts as is or if you'd like, cut out a round fondant disc with circular or scalloped cutters to utilize as a surface over the cupcake on which your peanuts can stand!