How to Make Fondant Dandelions


You have to love the requests that little kids make for their birthday cakes…I recently had a request from a customer whose young child asked for “a strawberry cake with strawberry icing and icing strawberries and an icing dandelion sitting on the top of it.”

I already had the “icing strawberries” in my shop, so she asked if I could make the icing dandelions to go with it.


how to make fondant dandelions

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fondant strawberries and leaves

Since the strawberries were brightly colored and on the whimsical side, as opposed to being super realistic, I decided to use yellow fondant for the dandelions and green fondant for the leaves.

I didn’t need gumpaste since color, not realism, was the order of the day.


Make the dandelions.

Start by pressing some yellow fondant into a flower center mold, leaving an overhang like the brim of a hat.


gumpaste dandelion

gumpaste dandelion

Thin out the overhang with your finger, it should be a little longer than the height of the center section.


gumpaste dandelion

Using a pair of small scissors, rough up the edges of the center.


gumpaste dandelion

Cut lines into the overhang all the way around. If some chunks fall out that’s okay.


gumpaste dandelion

Press the cut edges up around the center.



gumpaste dandelion

gumpaste dandelion

And there you have your little dandelions. If you want to really thin out the edges you should use gumpaste, not fondant, since the fondant won’t want to cooperate.


gumpaste dandelion


Make the dandelion leaves.

For the leaves, look at some photos of dandelion leaves online, but there are a few different shapes. Roll out some green fondant and cut wavy area in the edges in a leaf shape.


gumpaste dandelion

Thin out the edges of the leaves by pinching them, then shape the pointy areas.


gumpaste dandelion

gumpaste dandelion

Dry them on a piece of foam or in a flower former.


gumpaste dandelion

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