Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quirky Fondant Pumpkins

Let's get something out of the way: fondant tastes like butt. It's not so much the flavor that is unpalatable, but the pasty texture from hell is hard to get down. But it looks so pretty! So I've been playing with fondant as a crafty hobby instead of using it as the culinary abomination that it is. It's fun! We basically get away with playing with Play-Doh and pass it off an adult activity. Do you like fondant? You can tell me if you do, I promise I won't think you're too weird.

Now that that's out of the way, let's have some fun with fun-dant! Sorry. I know I told you I wouldn't say fun-dant again. I promise I will stop trying to make fun-dant happen now. On with the cupcakes then!

Fondant Pumpkins

Aren't they cute? Except for the one in the back that looks like buttocks. That one's just wrong. This is the tutorial that I used as a guide. It's very easy to follow and you don't need any special tools, just a toothpick or a non-serrated knife and your fondant. You can also skip the curly vines and make jack-o'-lanterns by either using a food decorating pen or by dipping a brush in food coloring and painting on the spooky faces. 




That poor little guy is so scared he's actually signaling for Batman. As far as I can tell, both Wilton and AmeriColor food colorings seem to be vegan. As far as fondant goes, it looks like that both Wilton and Satin Ice are vegan. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong! I've been making my own fondant following this recipe and swapping the gelatin for agar. It's a good recipe if you intend to simply cover a whole cake with it, but I had to add some xanthan gum to use it to create shapes because it's not elastic enough. If you're interested, I will gladly share a veganized recipe as soon as I have all the ratios down to a science.

Next? Quirky fondant pumpkins inspired by the pumpkin patch in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Actually, they're not inspired by the pumpkins themselves but by the Spiral Hill!

Fondant Pumpkins

You like? The nice thing about these is that they're supposed to look scruffy and jagged, which is great for us who are not yet top-notch fondant masters. Here's a quick step-by-stepper:



Quirky Fondant Pumpkins Step-by-Step

Easy and fun! I had actually made a video showing you how to make them but my hands looked so dry and gross that I couldn't subject you to that horrific sight. You're welcome. These black and white pumpkins were the stars of my video tutorial, and they happen to be my favorite ones.

Black and White Fondant Pumpkins

Well, this is it for the Halloweegan posts this year. Are you going to any costume parties? This year I'm going as a couch potato. Except that I won't be going to any parties. It's just going to be me in my pj's being a couch potato. I hope everyone has a wonderfully spooky Halloween, whether you're going to a party or hiding out at home like me :)

*POOF*

14 comments:

  1. Totally laughed out loud at your assessment of fondant (you're so right though - it's not the tastiest ingredient, for sure, hahaha). LOVE these cute Halloween treats!

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    1. Hehe. It's true! Not the tastiest ingredient indeed! :D

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  2. Incredible photos! And those pumpkins are so cute! Everything looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! My photography skills are a little rusty after a long blog hiatus, and it's reassuring to hear that you like them :)

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  3. I went to a wedding and watched someone eat all the fondant on her HUGE cake slice and nearly threw up myself. WHY?!?! So gross....

    Your pumpkins are so cute, I am SO impressed with your patience! You are better than Martha!

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    1. Gross! I'd rather eat my own foot, thankyouverymuch.

      Take that, Martha! Captain Loophole is better than you! :D

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  4. Hee hee. I haven't eaten much fondant, and probably none at all in the last 14 years since I have been vegan, so I don't really remember what it tastes or feels like. But I don't really have the urge to rediscover it. However, it does allow the creation of some very cute little pumpkins!

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    1. Maybe you erased fondant from your memory because it was too unpleasant! :D

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  5. hahaha I totally acknowledged the posterior of that top pumpkin before you pointed it out. I can't remember what fondant tastes like, I deemed it at some point in my childhood to be inedible. Looks like a lot of fun though, great sculpting!

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    1. The good news is that if I ever need to make fondant buttocks I'll know exactly what to do! :D

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  6. Oh. My. Goodness. These are absolutely the cutest Halloween treats I've seen this year! I'm in awe of your sculpting skills.

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Working with fondant really has been a fun learning process.

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  7. I ... quite. ... like. .. fondant!! I mean I'm not gonna chomp a whole block like I would with marzipan but on a cake, I'm into it.

    V cute pumpkins by the way x

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    1. Hee hee! If we ever find ourselves attending the same wedding reception, you can have my fondant! :P

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