I can hear you out there thinking how CUTE these fondant carrots are and that you could NEVER make them. They are for "baking people" or "crafty people" and you "don't have the skills" to work with fondant or create cute little cake decorations.
Girl, you are all sorts of wrong!
These little fondant carrots only require [easyazon_link identifier="B00TM6VNVS" locale="US"]orange and green fondant[/easyazon_link] (which you can find almost anywhere!), a chopstick or similarly shaped tool, and a [easyazon_link identifier="B000IBVD0W" locale="US"]paring knife[/easyazon_link]. The end.
"But they will take SOO LONG and I don't have the time," you say.
You can totally have a dozen done in half an hour.
Working with fondant is just like playing with Play-doh. In fact, I bet you could get some kids to help you and they would do a terrific job!
- Roll the fondant into a log about the thickness of your pinky.
- Cut the log into pieces about 1-1/2 inch thick.
- Push up either end of the piece to soften the edge.
- Again, roll the pieces like a log but this time focus the rolling on one side so that you get a cone shape.
- Use your chopstick to press a small hole in the top of your cone.
- Use your paring knife to add score marks to your carrot.
Tip: press the knife in fairly deep and then gently roll your carrot, again, to soften the mark.
- For the tops, roll the green fondant into a thin log about the width of a noodle.
- Cut that rolled green fondant into pieces about 1/2 an inch long.
- Roll the individual pieces in your hand (because you need the warmth) until they are about doubled in length.
- Fold the piece in half, pressing the center fold together (you want a V shape)
- If you like, you can take your paring knife and cut each side into 2. (totally optional!)
- Each carrot top will have 2 of these "V" shapes stacked on top of each other and the bottom center joined together.
- Use your chopstick to gently press the carrot top into the hole of the carrot.
- Use the chopstick to gently fold the top of the carrot into the carrot top, to close the hole.
A few tips for fondant carrots:
- Dust your surface with sugar to keep the fondant from sticking.
- Work quickly before your fondant dries.
- A bit of frosting inside the hole of the carrot before the top is inserted will allow it to stick better (only necessary if you are using them for something that will get jostled alot)
- Try various shapes and sizes to get your favorite!
I'm telling you, follow these instructions and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to make these fondant carrots!
Why would you want them, you ask?
To decorate your carrot cake, of course!!!