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How to Make a Fondant Beer Can

by Aya Pauli, studioD

You can’t chug it, but you can make a fondant beer can that looks real enough that you’ll want to slug it back. Fondant is a pliable sugar dough that works much like modeling dough. You can color it as you like and mold it into any shape, even a beer can. Making a fondant beer can does require some practice and patience. The secret to creating a quality can is to include everything, such as the tab and the rim, so that the final result looks as realistic as possible.

Roll a piece of fondant into a large cylinder shape with your hands, making the cylinder as thick as the average beer can. Make the cylinder slightly longer than the average beer can’s height. Cut the top from the cylinder to create a flat top for the can. Cut the bottom from the cylinder, cutting the shape to average beer can height, to create a flat bottom for the can. Set the can aside.

Dust a hard surface with powdered sugar. Roll out a piece of fondant 1/4 inch thick, using the same color you chose for the can, on the prepared surface. Cut out a circle 1/2 inch wider than the top of the can. Roll the outer 1/4 inch edge of the circle inward evenly to create a rim around the circle. Set circle aside.

Cut a small oval shape from the rolled fondant, just large enough to be the tab on the can. Cut a circle shape from the bottom area of the tab, leaving the very bottom rim of the tab intact. Cut a half-moon shape from the top area of the tab, leaving the very top rim of the tab intact. Set tab aside.

Brush the back of the rimmed circle with a light coat of water. Press the circle, rim side up, onto the top of the fondant can. Etch a small indent around the mouth opening area on the lid with a toothpick. Etch a circle around the inside of the brim to create the liquid catch area.

Brush the back of the tab with water. Press the tab, half-moon side facing away from the mouth opening, onto the top of the can. Allow fondant can to dry.

Add words and pictures to the can using edible markers, edible paint or piped frosting. Allow the words to dry.

Items you will need
  •  Sharp knife
  •  Powdered sugar
  •  Rolling pin
  •  Pastry brush
  •  Toothpick


  • Stick with edible markers, edible paint or piped frosting when it comes to decorating the beer can -- as decorating the can with fondant is difficult and looks far less realistic. Craft and cake decorating stores sell edible markers and edible paint. They’re completely edible and safe for use on fondant. You'll also find piping tools, such as nozzles and pastry bags, at craft and cake decorating stores.
  • Use luster dust, an edible powder, to give your beer can a metallic shine. The dust comes in many colors, including metallic colors, and is available at craft and cake decorating stores. Use a dry brush to lightly dust the powder over the fondant before or after adding words and pictures.

About the Author

A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.

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