Halloween: a night of candy, costumes and eerily glowing pumpkins. While most people are busy assembling a scary outfit for All Hallows’ Eve, we’re focused on something of a sweeter variety here at Demetres HQ: spookifying desserts with some good ol’ fondant. Keep scrolling to see how you can do the same for your upcoming monster mash. 👻
You will need:
- Fondant – we made our own using fondant powder, but you can purchase it ready made from any Bulk Barn
- Food colouring gel
- Wooden dowels
- Disposable gloves
- A small spoon (not pictured)
Break off about a tablespoon’s worth of fondant and roll into a ball. If the fondant is too dry, add a little more water, and if it’s a bit too sticky, roll it in a bit of icing sugar.
Shape the ball into a skull shape by pinching the bottom of the skull into a slender face shape. Then use the bottom of the teaspoon to press two eye-shaped indentations into the top of the skull.
Use the spoon and press a nose and mouth into the bottom of the fondant skull. Then press the dowel into the base of the skull, taking care not to puncture it through the top. Set this aside to dry for a day or more – you can lay it down on any non-stick surface, or set it upright into a small jar to avoid flattening any parts of the skull.
Using a fine tipped paintbrush, paint the indentations in the dried fondant skull with a thin layer of food colouring gel. Not a lot of gel is needed, and any excess may seep into other parts of the skull – which may look morbid (a plus for Halloween), but may not be the look you’re going for.
Then using the tip of a toothpick, draw on dots around the eyes (and anywhere else on the skull) à la Día de Muertos style. We took out the wooden dowel from the base for this step, but you could leave it in and use it to hold the skull for easy maneuvering.
Now let’s tackle the creepy crawlies. Dye a portion of your fondant dark brown – it was hard to find brown dye, so we used a small portion of black dye gel and worked it into the fondant. Make a few small balls from this brown fondant, and then roll them out into a few skinny logs.
Then curl each log gently into worm shapes, and add on creases and texture with the tip of the spoon.
Let everything dry for a day or more, then position them onto the cakes (or cupcakes in our case) that you’re looking to spookify.
Tada! Now we’re ready for a ghoulish shindig!
Let us know if you give this tutorial a shot, and we wish you a safe and happy Halloween! Follow us on Instagram (@demetres) and Facebook for some daily dessert action, and check back later next month as we get ready for the winter holiday season with more DIYs, recipes and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. ❄️