Last week I made a cake for a lovely vet nurse from Brimbank Veterinary Clinic. Corrina's dog 'Spoodie' was turning 7 and Spoodie is lucky enough to have a bbq held in honour of his birthday each year. Corrina asked for a cake with a topper in Spoodie's likeness so I went straight to google to get some ideas.
I came across a great You tube tutorial which gave me the basis to making this cute little dog which I will share with you. I had never tried modeling with fondant before so as this was my first attempt, I was very happy as was 'Spoodie".
How to make a fondant dog
To make this particular topper I started with some white fondant and kneaded in some mazipan. I did this so that I would get a slightly creamy colour as 'Spoodie' was not white in colour. I then kneaded in some gum trag. You can use modelling paste, gum paste, gum-tex or tylose powder. (A great post discussing the differences between these products can be found at The Sugar Lane website.)
I then watched this 2 part tutorial on You Tube and followed along.
I pretty much followed the tutorial as it was, with only 2 small modifications.
I adjusted the mouth slightly by shaping the dogs muzzle and giving him a slightly longer snout and jowles.
I also changed the ears on the dog by making the tear drop shape as recommended and laying it flat on my work bench. I then took a small veining tool and marked lines on the ears. This gives the impression of hair and also further flattens and enlarges the ear, giving 'Spoodie' a floppy ear.
Finally I took some apricot edible lustre dust and brushed 'Spoodie' with a fluffy brush. I focused on the areas where he is naturally darker in colour, such as the ears, mouth and paws.
I hope you find this tutorial link helpful.