Whats The Secret To A Fondant Figure Lion's Mane?

Decorating By kitty122000 Updated 23 Jul 2010 , 1:49pm by Dizzymaiden

kitty122000 Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 2:38am
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Trying to make a small fondant figure of a lion and I'm checking out all the awesome pictures in the gallery and I'm trying to figure out how to do the mane on a little lion. any tips? I've checked out youtube and am not finding anything that shows how to do it with fondant or gumpaste. TIA!

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Rosa2745 Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 2:48am
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Not sure what type of lion your trying to make but I have one in my pics. It was a jungle baby shower cake. I make the lion's mane by making a circle with a cookie cutter, then I cut a smaller circle inside, so it kind of looks like a donut. Then I took kitchen scissors and made fringes all around. I then put it on my lion's head. Behind the mane I did put some fondant to support the mane (so it wouldn't droop). Hope this makes sense. Here is the lion.

kitty122000 Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 2:57am
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Yours is very cute! Thanks! I was originally thinking something like this: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1499139 if this is crazy difficult though I might try what you did!

Price Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 3:13am
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Looks to me like the pieces for the lion in the picture were hand shaped. If you have a sugar gun, you can use the disk with all the little hole and glue the pieces on the mane using a little edible glue.

swritik Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 3:55am
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here you go:

hope it will help in some way.


nancyg Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 4:21am
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I use a garlic press, makes really cute mane, hair etc. And its realy quick

hope this is a help

kitty122000 Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 6:42am
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thanks for the help! I used a playdoh tool! (new from christmas) Should I make the body bigger? I was also thinking about putting brown pads on the bottom of the feet. I am trying to make it looked like a stuffed animal. What do you think? Here's what I ended up with...

jamiekwebb Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 3:51pm
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I think that brown pads would be really cute!!

MainCake Posted 4 Jan 2010 , 4:07pm
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I'm with Nancyg. I use my garlic press for fondant to make 'hair' and I've also used it several times to make tassels for graduation caps. I just keep adding lumps of fondant to make longer strings.

Wilton fondant was really hard to use in my garlic press. I've had great luck with marshmallow fondant though.

Good luck! icon_smile.gif

kitty122000 Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 8:45pm
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I added the brown pads to the feet and it came out really cute! I was really happy with it. thanks again for all the help, here's the finished lion and the finished cake!

Jeep_girl816 Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 8:56pm
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Oh my gosh!!! Super cute!!! I want to just eat him up! icon_smile.gif

Uniqueask Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 9:10pm
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Your lion turned out pretty cute, and that cake is awesome.

kitty122000 Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 1:20am
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BethanyK Posted 24 Jun 2010 , 11:43pm
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That waterfall looks amazing! What did you use?

Dizzymaiden Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 6:57pm
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Hi - can you go over the technique of the waterfall and leaves?

kitty122000 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 7:27pm
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I didn't have this post being watched I didn't know I was being asked questions! sorry I didn't respond sooner!

for the waterfall I put regular buttercream down in the pool areas and down the actual falls and then used an angled icing spatula to put some wilton blue sparkle piping gel on it leaving spaces for the buttercream to show through then I scooped on a bit at the bottom for the foam at the base and a few spots of plain white for waves around where the alligator was going to sit.

I was really worried about it, but was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was!

As for the leaves, do you mean on the palm tree? They are a 50/50 gumpaste/fondant mix cut with the meduim wilton leaf cutter, left to dry on flower formers and attached with candy melts.

Dizzymaiden Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 1:49pm
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Thanks! I am doing a jungle theme cake next week and this came in handy! Animal sculpting books are rare and I am having trouble finding a good one that has cute vs. realistic jungle animals.

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