How to make a Ninjago Lego cake topper

I made this little guy to go on top of a cake last weekend πŸ™‚

Fondant lego topper

He was surprisingly easy to create and you don’t need any fancy equipment to make him.

(I will preface this tutorial by saying that yes, my hands have food colouring and icing on them and I clearly need a manicure, but sorry – I don’t have the time! Also – all the fondant has been mixed with tylo powder so that it hardens)

Start with mixing your red and yellow colours.Β I used Americolor’s Red Red and Lemon Yellow for my colours (but any red or yellow will suffice)

Roll out two balls the same size for the legs

Roll the first into a sausage shape

Tap one end on a hard surface to flatten it

Using your finger, press down slightly to make a foot

Gently tap the tops so that they are flat

Make a thick triangle shape for the body

Cut out some thin strips of black

Wrap the first around the lower body (I used a small amount of water to stick it on but you have to be careful with black and red fondant – if you use too much water the colours will run)

Cut your next strip on an angle

Attach across the body

Cut the last strip on an angle and attach on the left side of the body

Roll out some yellow and cut out some stars. You don’t have to use a star cutter – you can just cut out this shape yourself.

Cut the top two points off and attach to the belt

Cut another point off and attach in the middle

Cut the last strip into two pickets

Attach to the bottom strip and then attach the body to the legs. You may need to stand the figurine against something (I used my icing bucket) so that it dries in the correct position.

Roll out two similar sized red balls for the arms

Roll into a sausage, with one end tapered off. Tap the other end on a hard surface to flatten.

Flatten the other end with your finger

Roll out two small yellow balls for the hands. Using a thin paintbrush handle or modelling tool, indent the middle of the ball.

Attach to the arm and indent again if you need to

Attach arms to the body. You may need something underneath the arm so that it dries in position.

Roll out a ball of red for the head and cut out a thin rectangle of yellow for the face.

Attach the face using some water

Make some circular indents at the top of the head using a circle cutter

Draw on the face using an edible marker or some black colouring mixed with a bit of alcohol. I will admit that it took me over 10 tries to get the face right!!!! I wouldn’t have thought that with such a simple face, but I just couldn’t get it even πŸ™‚

Cut out your scarf shape – basically a triangle with a rectangle part at the top (:-) – such a great description!!)

Using a ruler, gently make indents on the scarf

Attach to the face and you have finished πŸ™‚

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23 Responses to How to make a Ninjago Lego cake topper

  1. Jane October 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    And the birthday boy LOVED it. By pure coincidence, you selected his favourite Ninjago guy – Kai (I had to look that up, I’m such a bad mummy and always get confused between them all lol).

    • BronnieBakes Admin October 19, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      yay!!! Glad he loved it

      xxx

  2. Kerry Scott-Gillett October 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    What a fab tutorial. My son is a huge fan of Ninjago & would love this on his party cake… Better start practising (any excuse!)

    • BronnieBakes Admin October 19, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Thankyou!

  3. Paula October 19, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    What a great tutorial! This little Ninjago fellow is perfect!

  4. Lucy January 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Up until now I have only every done my kids’ birthday cakes but I am now being asked by friend’s of friend’s so I have set up my own cake decorating business. I am only just beginning but your website with all its tutorials is inspirational. I have just done some modelling with fondant for the first time and made the red ninjago for a boy’s 7th birthday cake at the weekend. It will be covered in green fondant but instead of adding all the little green bits on the top like you have done I am taking the short cut. I saw something on another website where they just pressed a lego board into the rolled fondant to get the lego effect. I will see how we go!
    Thank you so much for all your tutorials. Great work

    • BronnieBakes Admin January 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thankyou so much for your lovely comments Lucy! I really appreciate it.

      And thankyou for the wonderful tip!!!!! Would have made a HUGE difference in the time it took me to make the cake!! All the best with your business – you have made some beautiful cakes!

      xx

      • Lucy January 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

        Unfortunately it didn’t turn out as good as I hope but did work for the plaque that I made. I was very pleased with my ninjago so thank you for the detailed tutorial.

  5. Shellee February 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    This is fantastic! I was just browsing for ‘Ninjago’ cake ideas (thinking…do I cheat & buy a topper or do I attempt fondant figures!?). I generally stick to butter cream icing as everyone knows it’s messy (and it covers a multitude of sins!) but I know I need to try a fondant cake and practice, and this gives me the perfect excuse!! Quick Q: how do you attach the body parts – do you just use water (is that enough to hold it?) or did you use sticks? Thank you for your inspiration, my son (and his/my friends) will be blown away & I’m very excited!

    • BronnieBakes Admin February 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Hi Shellee πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your lovely comment! I’m glad you’re taking the next step and giving fondant a try! You will be fine, and yes it is all about practice!

      I used water to attach the body parts. I started off using edible glue but find I have no problem with water. Usually I use a toothpick to attach the head to the body (see my Octonaut tutorials http://bronniebakes.com/2012/07/11/captain/) but because this was a small topper, i didn’t bother.

      Hope that helps!
      x

  6. Niamh and OisΓ­n February 4, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Hi Bronnie,
    My brother is a big Lego fan his birthday is coming up soon. We are having a Lego party but we had no idea how to make a Lego cake until we saw your amazing ninjago cake. Thank you for sharing your ideas and instructions.
    From your 9 year old fan OisΓ­n. P.S. I am from Ireland.

    • BronnieBakes Admin February 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Oisin!!

      Thankyou so much for your lovely message πŸ™‚ Your brother is so lucky to have you make him such a special cake. I would love to see a picture of what you made!! My email is bronnie@bronniebakes.com

      I hope you are not too cold at the moment in Ireland. I have been there twice when I was living in London and LOVED it. The food was so yummy, the people so friendly and I even kissed the Blarney Stone (although my Mum said I didn’t need any more help talking!!!!)

      xx

  7. crystal owens February 28, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    hi… I am going to be making my son a lego cake for him birthday in a couple of weeks.. I have never used fondunt before.. he is wanting all 5 ninjagos and sensai woo… do you know how much fondunt I would need for this ..

    • BronnieBakes Admin March 2, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      Hi πŸ™‚

      It is hard to say as it depends on how big your figurines are. But 1 kilo should be fine!

      x

  8. crystal owens March 2, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Hi I am going to be making my sons cake this year. He is really into Legos.. The only thing is I have never worked with fondent. I am going to try to make the ninjagos . can you please tell me how much findent it takes to make one ninjago… he is wanting all 5 ninjagos and sensai woo… thanks..

    • BronnieBakes Admin March 2, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      Hi Crystal πŸ™‚

      1 kilo of fondant should be plenty. You will need to be a hardening agent like tylo powder to mix into the fondant for the modelling of the characters and that can also be bought at your local cake decorating shop.

      hope that helps!

      x

  9. Medina January 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Hi – your site is fab n luv the way u explain – I always have a problem with my fondant – can you please share your fondant recipe as I find you work so smoothly with it.
    Thanks in advance.

    • BronnieBakes Admin January 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Medina πŸ™‚

      I buy bakels brand of fondant from my local cake decorating shop. I’ve never actually tried making it myself!

      Hope that helps!
      x

  10. Nicole April 15, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Thank you! Mine are a bit different (I used edible marker for the belt as I had no black dye) but this was a very helpful template! I wish I could send u a pic!

    • BronnieBakes Admin April 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      That’s great to hear Nicole! I’m so glad it all worked well xx

  11. Vanessa May 28, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    Hi,

    Your tutorial looks really detailed and helpful. I’m a novice with fondant figurines but might attempt this for my nephew. How much in advance should this be made to ensure that the figurine hardens?

    Thank you!

    • BronnieBakes Admin May 28, 2014 at 6:51 am #

      Hi Vanessa πŸ™‚

      As early as you like! I like to make mine at least a week in advance, but my kids have eaten figurines I made after a year and they are fine haha. Just keep it out of the sun as that will fade the colours.

      All the best!

      xxx

      • Vanessa May 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

        Thank you! I’m going to give it a try.

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