How to make a fondant penguin topper

Today I’m going to show you how to make the penguin toppers from Ava’s cake. To learn how to make the scalloped top to the cake see this tutorial.

Apologies in advance for the quality of these pics, but I’d had a tiring weekend and wasn’t really in the mood for making these, so I was moulding the penguins whilst watching crappy reality tv (I think I’ve found the lowest of the low in Geordie Shore…)

I have my tylo powder, white fondant, black fondant and also my oval cutters and toothpicks.

… and my sketch of the cake 🙂

I made 5 penguins which I was going to put on the cake, but in the end I used 3 and put one on the cupcakes and the last one broke.

Start by adding your tylo powder to the black and white fondant (1/2 teaspoon per 250g) and then rolling out circles for the penguin heads and ovals for the body

Roll out your white fondant thinly and cut out ovals and then attach them to the penguin body using some water

I wanted to use white hearts for the face, but didn’t have a heart cutter large enough, so I used my flower cutter and cut the heart that way (so resourceful of me!)

Add a toothpick/dry pasta into the body, dab some water on top and attach the head.

Make a hole with your toothpick at the bottom of the penguin so that you can easily attach the penguin to your cake when it hardens (I always prefer to be able to ‘spike’ my fondant toppers into the cake)

Cut out a black oval for the arms and using the same oval cutter, cut both sides of the oval.

Attach the arms to the penguin and then rest the arms against something (I’ve used a combination of cutters, the side of my tray, the snowman and a small rolling pin) so that the arms will dry curved.

Leave the penguins to dry for at least 24 hours.

To make the beaks, roll out small orange tear shaped balls and then using sharp scissors, cut the pointy end.

Draw on the eyes using a black edible marker and then attach the beak using some water or edible glue.

I then dressed up the penguins with scarfs (thin strips of fondant), ear muffs (thin strip of fondant over the head and two small flattened balls of fondant) and flowers (I used a mini blossom cutter).

The snowman was simply two balls of fondant (I used a toothpick the same way as for the penguins), a red scarf (thin strip of fondant), a tear drop shaped nose, drawn on eyes and buttons and the stick arm is actually two toothpicks which I coloured black (using my edible marker) and superglued the two together to get the ‘twig’ effect 🙂

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18 Responses to How to make a fondant penguin topper

  1. Alison Lawson Cakes March 21, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Those little guys are just SO cute Bron! Great tutorial!

  2. Paula March 21, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I smile every time I see these penguins. Seeing a step by step tutorial of how you made them was wonderful and yes, very resourceful of you to use a floral cut-out to make the hearts for their faces.

  3. Shona March 30, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Is it terrible that I’m watching it while catching up on your posts lol 🙂

  4. Laura August 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Thank you! My little 3 y.o is obsessed with Penguins. We are planning a penguin party and I have always made the cakes (with not much skill!) just like Mum did for me. I have never used fondant before but after this, will absolutely be making little penguins! Thank you 🙂

    • BronnieBakes Admin August 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      No problem at all Laura 🙂

      All the best with your penguin cake and feel free to email me if you need any help


      • Bianca April 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

        Love it.. How did you do the balloons?

        • BronnieBakes Admin April 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

          Thanks Bianca!

          I bought the balloons from my local cake shop. They are plastic!

  5. Bianca April 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Sorry ignore my last post I didn’t read it properly.. They are plastic 🙂 one last question sorry.. Did you just randomly cut the top layer of fondant yourself to have the snow effect.

    • BronnieBakes Admin April 22, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      No problem Bianca 🙂

      I used a snowflake cutter for the actual snowflakes and I have a tutorial for the top part of the cake here

      Hope that helps!

  6. Tammy December 30, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Thank you so much for this! I am planning my 6th baby’s first birthday party and I wanted to do a Winter Onederland theme. I am starting a little late on the planning because his birthday is in 3 wks. I love to do cakes on my own because we have food allergies in our family. I love the little penguins and snowman, this is exactly what I wanted to do. I can’t wait to try them out! How far ahead of time is ok to do these? If I did them soon would they dry out and look gross? I have never sculpted with fondant before. I did a hamster a few years ago with gumpaste and it was really stiff and hard to work with to make the hamster so I want something better this time.

    • BronnieBakes Admin December 30, 2013 at 7:34 am #

      Hi Tammy 🙂

      Absolutely – you can start now! They will harden and become like hard lollies and will be fine. Just keep them out of the sun so they don’t fade and leave them to dry at room temperature (ie – don’t put them in a container or the fridge!)

      All the best!!
      Bronnie x

  7. Bianca meyers March 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Hi, I want to do a barn yard party for my daughters 1st birthday ( she loves animals and needs to touch and cuddle them so it seemed like a no brainer to get a petting zoo for her party)
    I really want to make a fondant cake with 3D cow, pig and sheep on top also with a barn. I was wondering if you have ever made something like this, or have any tips?
    I’ve bought lots of tools and am ready to start practising, I have 3 and a half months …..😳


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