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How to Make a Whale Out of Fondant

by Aya Pauli

From baby showers to birthdays, a fondant whale adds an aquatic theme to any cake. Making a whale figurine out of fondant is not the quickest task, but it’s simple enough for beginners. Fondant is a pliable sugar dough that you can mold into different shapes. It has a smooth and shiny surface that gives decorations a professional look. You can find it in plain and colored forms at supermarkets and craft stores.

Roll a ball of blue fondant to a slightly larger size than you want the whale’s body. Press the back end of the ball down gently to create a short tail. Press the sides of the tail inward to help develope the tail shape. Smooth your fingers over the shape to round out any sharp lines.

Roll out a thin sheet of blue fondant with a rolling pin. Cut a small triangle shape from the sheet with a sharp knife. Place the triangle with the top point facing down so that it looks like a tail. Press a finger into the top of the triangle, along the flat side, to make an indent like the indent on a whale’s tail.

Brush the top point of the triangle, or the point opposite the indent, with a light coating of water. Press the top third of the triangle gently into the whale’s short tail, smoothing the fondant together. Curl the fluke, or triangle, part of the tail upward slightly.

Roll a pea-size ball of white fondant. Flatten the ball with your fingers. Roll a sesame seed-size ball of black fondant. Flatten the ball with your fingers. Brush the back of the black circle with a light coat of water. Press the black circle, water side down, onto the white circle to make an eyeball. Brush the back of the white circle with a light coat of water. Press the white circle, water side down, onto the whale where the eye would be. Repeat the process to create a second eye.

Roll a sesame-seed-size ball of black fondant. Flatten the ball with your fingers. Brush the back of the circle with a light coat of water. Place the circle where the blowhole would be.

Roll the red fondant into a thin sheet. Trace the shape of a smiling mouth onto the fondant with a butter knife. Cut the shape from the fondant with a sharp knife. Brush the back of the mouth with a light coat of water. Press the mouth shape, water side down, onto the whale where the mouth would be.

Items you will need
  • Blue fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Pastry brush
  • White fondant
  • Black fondant
  • Red fondant

Tips

  • Start with white fondant and food coloring if you want to mix the fondant colors yourself. Knead the coloring into the dough a little at a time until the desired color is achieved.
  • Use different fondant colors to match the whale to different themes. Try a pink whale for a feminine theme, a gray whale for a masculine theme or a yellow whale for a cheerful theme.

Warning

  • Don’t use too much water when brushing the fondant. Excess water turns the fondant slimy instead of sticky. As a result, your fondant shapes will slide off of one another instead of stick together.

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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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