Make a Fondant Carrot that Looks Like a Normal Carrot
Are you looking forward to Easter this year? I know life is crazy right now and we’re supposed to stay home away from everyone for a few weeks. That means we may not get to celebrate in our traditional ways. Don’t let that stop you because you can make a fondant carrot for Easter that looks like a normal carrot with the kids.
Even if the kids live in a different state like my cute grandkids so, you can make a phone call and make these with them on Facetime. What if they don’t have fondant? Don’t worry. They can make their own with this Half a Batch of Fondant Recipe. Just because we have to stay inside doesn’t mean we can’t have fun!
Make a Fondant Carrot that Looks Like a Normal Carrot Supply List:
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Food Gel Colors:
- Tylose Powder
- Corn Starch
- Orange or Brown Dust- The next time I make these I’ll make my own dust. You can see how Callye at Sweet Sugar Belle made her own. I think an orange and light brown ground up together will work well on these carrots. If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy Luster or Petal Dust that will look great on these carrots.
- Blade Tool– this set also has the ball tool which comes in handy when you’re trying to add the green top on the cute little orange carrots.
- Ball Tool
Make a Fondant Carrot that Looks Like a Normal Carrot Video:
I hope you enjoy the video!
I like to work the fondant a little to make it soft before I add food gel colors because it’s easier to mix when it’s a little softer.
- Begin by coloring your fondant with food gel colors. If you use the liquid food colors it can make your fondant messy and you probably won’t get the results you’re looking for when your project is complete. I like using The Cookie Countess Food Gel Colors, AmeriCrafts Food Gel Colors, and Wilton Gel Colors because I get the results I’m looking for.
- I don’t know how many carrots you want to make, but that will determine how large a ball of fondant you’ll need to color. Add some orange gel color and knead the fondant until all of the fondant is the pretty orange color you’re looking for.
- Now in the video, I said I should’ve worn gloves, but I didn’t because I didn’t have any. Well, after making my hands a giant orange mess, I found a pair I used with the green for the carrot tops. Don’t worry because the orange washed away and I’m not going to be this color forever.
- The fondant is now ready so let’s make a few carrots for Easter.
- I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Tylose Powder or not, but it’s a pretty cool tool to use if you want to mold or sculpt fondant. You don’t need to add much to make your fondant act like gum paste which is what you want when you mold or sculpt things.
- Fondant takes a long time to dry. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible for me to dry characters or things that are a bit thick. Adding Tylose Powder will make the fondant like gum paste which will dry a lot faster and it’ll dry completely.
- Covering a cake with fondant is great, but I prefer to use Tylose Powder or gum paste to sculpt things. I just thought you’d like to know.
- Once you’ve added the Tylose Powder to the fondant and have it mixed well, roll it into a ball.
- Now roll the fondant between your hands to form a carrot. You can use your fingers to make it look like its a wavy carrot for a more fun and realistic look.
- If your hands or fondant get a little sticky you can use corn starch to make it workable.
- Once you have your carrot shape use the ball roller to make a hole in the top of the carrot so you can add the green carrot top once you make it.
- Here’s how to make the waves in case I didn’t explain it well above. Just roll a certain area with your finger until it’s dented and repeat in another area. Done.
- To make the lines in the carrot all you need is a blade tool so you can push it into the fondant to make the lines. Roll the carrot around as you make the random lines.
- You can make the hole in the top before you make the lines or you can do it after. It’s up to you and whatever you feel comfortable doing. I personally do it both ways because I do whatever I’m most excited to do first.
- It’s time to color some fondant green for the carrot tops. I was pretty happy I found a pair of gloves for mixing the green. It made clean up a little easier.
- Repeat the process for mixing the orange fondant which is basically working it until it’s all the same color.
- Add a little Tylose Powder so your carrot tops will dry faster.
- The carrot tops are thin and they will break so you have to be careful with them even after they dry. You could make them have shorter tops so they’ll be stronger standing beside each other and may not break as easily. It’s up to you.
- To make the tops all you need to do is pinch off a little piece of fondant and roll it into a thin rope with pointed ends.
- Fold it in half and make a few more.
- Once you have several, pinch the ends together and place a piece of paper towel under the top of the carrot. You may need two pieces of paper towels depending on how high the hole is on the carrot.
- Now add a little water in the hole and insert the carrot tops. Give it a little push but don’t smash the shapes.
- Tear a few more pieces of paper towel and carefully prop up some of the carrot tops so they’ll dry separately with an individual shape.
- Let it dry overnight.
Now for the really fun part.
- You can add a darker color to the lines so it looks more like a real carrot. To do that you can add disco or luster dust to your cookie or you can follow Sweet Sugarbelle and make your own. She piped some black royal icing on a piece of parchment paper and let it dry overnight. Then, she chopped it up on a food processer and painted her cookies. If you’d like to make your own (which is what I’ll do in the future) make a color darker than your fondant carrot. I’ll probably mix orange and brown royal icing together to get that aged look.
- Paint inside each groove and you’re all done.
That wasn’t hard, was it?
This is a great project to do with the kids. You can teach them a lesson about veggies while you make them. Or teach them a little about patience waiting for them to dry before adding the dust to the grooves. After you make them and let them dry they’ll look great as tiny little decorations on your dessert table.
I have a few more Easter Treats coming your way so stay tuned.