How Do You Make A Fondant Figure Stand Up?

Decorating By margaretb Updated 10 Sep 2008 , 4:03am by margaretb

margaretb Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 1:06am
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I am going to attempt to make a snowboarder cake similar to the ones in the gallery with a figure on a snowboard made out of fondant. My question is how do you make the figure stand up? Does he just stand up on his own because you have done such a fine job putting him together, or do you stick those guys on some kind of pick? Also, do you do that kind of stuff with pure fondant or do you add some of that gumtex stuff for gumpaste. Or are they just made out of straight gumpaste?

I may just wimp out and draw a snowboarder on a sheet cake, but I think it would be fun to try the figure.

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kakeladi Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 3:58am
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......how do you make the figure stand up? Does he just stand up on his own because you have done such a fine job putting him together, or do you stick those guys on some kind of pick? Also, do you do that kind of stuff with pure fondant or do you add some of that gumtex stuff for gumpaste. Or are they just made out of straight gumpaste? ......

Heheheheicon_smile.gif Your funny...."stick those guys on some kind of pick"...OUCH! LOL
Basically you make them small enough (not much taller than 2-4") and the legs fat enough to hold themselves up. You may have to prop them for an hr or so until it starts to harden/setup.
The best medium is 50/50 fondant & gp. I have done small ones in straight fondant but the mix is better.
You can add GumTex to fondant...that will work too. I never measured - just took a golf ball size chunk and dipped it into GumTex; worked that in, then if it didn't seem to 'tighten' it up enough, dip it again.

FromScratch Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 4:12am
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You can also use floral wire in the legs and torso to make it stand up too. icon_smile.gif That's what I do. Straight gumpaste dries too fast and you get a wrinkly skin on it and fondant doesn't dry fast enough and stays too soft. I add Tylose to fondant the same way Kakeladi does with the gumtex.

margaretb Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 3:09pm
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Thank you -- that helps a lot!

SweetResults Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 6:18pm
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Okay - My answer is..... ready for this?

TAKE HIS CHAIR AWAY!!! HAHAHAHAHA!

Okay - sorry about that, I just couldn't help it.

FromScratch Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 6:28pm
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HA!!! That made me snort outloud.. icon_lol.gif

margaretb Posted 10 Sep 2008 , 3:43am
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Ha ha ha, Sweetresults, that IS pretty funny. But then I have little boys, and you don't want to know what they think is funny.

mom2spunkynbug Posted 10 Sep 2008 , 3:55am
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I use a 50/50 mix of fondant/gumpaste. I also will use (raw, of course, lol) spaghetti to stick them right into the cake.

I HIGHLY advise practicing one first - you may not like the first one that you do, and will know what to do better next time! And if you do like the first one...you can just save him!

Good luck! icon_smile.gif

margaretb Posted 10 Sep 2008 , 4:03am
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Spaghetti is a great trick.

I plan to haul out the playdough and do a little practice on that first. The cake is for my cousin's son, so it doesn't have to be perfect. But she is one of those people who is always doing stuff for everyone else, so I don't want to give her a sucky cake. She said anything is fine, so if my figures are a total flop, I will just do a sheet cake with drawings. Hmm, or maybe put them in a pile at the bottom like a huge accident -- she would probably find that funny.

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