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Did you guys know that I am (or was) a cake decorator?
I used to decorate for Albertsons, however, now as a SAHM it has become more of a hobby.
Because of that, I wanted to create something cute for the twins first birthday pizza party.
I didn’t want to go all the way extra, but I did want something easy and pizza themed.
That is when I landed on the fondant pizza slices. I had never made anything like them before, but in my mind they would be simple enough to make within an hour.
And they were!
I think they turned out even easier to make than I originally expected them to be. The fondant beginner should easily be able to re-create my fondant pizza slices.
If you have never worked with fondant before, it is a lot similar to clay. Hard texture at first, but once you knead it for a bit, it becomes soft and pliable. Or it can be very soft and you need to thicken it up.
Go ahead and skip straight to the tutorial if you already know how to work with fondant.
A few of my hacks when working with fondant include;
- adding a little bit of cornstarch while kneading in order to create a soft, Playdo like texture if it is too sticky.
- add a teaspoon of water to a bowl and place hard fondant on top, microwave for 10 seconds to help soften very hard fondant
Before trying those techniques, I suggest working the fondant a bit first. Sometimes it can take a bit of kneading before you get it to a workable texture.
Once you have the fondant soft and workable, you can roll it out on a flat surface. I like to use cutting boards that I have specifically set aside for fondant so that they don’t have a ton of knife marks in them. If you try and roll the fondant out and it sticks to the surface, go ahead and work some more cornstarch into it. Your fondant should easily lift from your working surface.
Once you have fondant ready to roll out, you are ready to create your fondant pizza slices.
DIY Fondant Pizza Slices Tutorial
What you will need:
- White Fondant
- Plastic Rolling Pin
- Circle Cookie Cutter
- Kitchen Knife
- Various Paint Brushes
- Gel Food Coloring
- Small Glass of Water
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Step One- Roll out white Fondant on flat surface
Depending on how many pizzas you are going to want to make determines how much fondant you will need to roll out. I’d suggest starting with a fist sized amount and going from there. I rolled out my fondant to about 1/4 inch thick.
Step Two- Cut pizza rounds
How many pizzas do you want to create? I opted for 6 knowing I was going to then cut each pizza into 6 slices, thus giving me enough to cover 2 dz cupcakes and two smash cakes! When slicing fondant with cookie cutters, remember to swivel the cutter a little to make sure all edges are loose from large section of fondant.
Step Three- Repeat until you have all of the pizza rounds you want
Repeat steps one and two until you have enough pizza rounds to cover the amount of cakes/ cupcakes you wish to decorate.
Step Four- Paint the crust
Now onto the painting. You are going to want to use a knife to grab a little bit of the chosen crust color out of the gel coloring container. I like to then dilute it with a bit of water by dipping my brush into a cup of water and mixing it into the gel coloring on a plate. Remember, this also lightens the color. Using a flat tip paint brush, paint along the rim of the fondant disk like the image below. In order to have a more ‘textured’ look, use a combination of diluted and less diluted gel food coloring. For my crust, I mixed a little bit of yellow in with the wilton brown shade in order to grab a more realistic crust color.
Step Five- Paint the sauce
After all of the crusts are painted, use the same gel painting technique with a red in order to give the illusion of sauce flooding onto the crust. I used a small brush for this to keep the sauce minimal. Check out the image below for my finished sauce painting.
Step Six- Paint the cheese
For the cheese, I used a combination of yellows and oranges to create a textured cheese look. I do wish I would have diluted the colors a bit more as they are quite bold, however the finished product did look pretty cool! Check out the image for what my cheese looked like.
Step Seven- Paint the toppings
I did take a little break before starting on the toppings in order to let the ‘cheese’ set and dry a little bit. Then I simply used the same painting techniques with small brushes in order to paint various varieties of pizzas. You can make all the same, or different. I went with all different pizzas.
Step Eight- Let dry (but not all the way)
Next up is to let the pizzas set a bit prior to slicing, like you would a traditional pizza. I didn’t want to mess with the painted on toppings. So I let dry for a few hours to let them set.
Step Nine- Slice the pizzas
After drying for a few hours, go ahead and slice into however many slices you need for your finished product. I ended up slicing into six pieces per pizzas as I liked the bigger slice look.
Step Ten- Let dry completely
Now you are going to want to let dry over night. You don’t have to do this step, but allowing the fondant to dry will make it so it doesn’t lose it’s shape on top of the cupcakes and cakes.
Step Eleven- Decorate!
When you place fondant on the cakes and cupcakes, make sure it is right before serving and do not stick it in the fridge. I always decorate my cakes right as I am setting up the tables or leaving for a party. That way the colors from the fondant don’t bleed into the cakes.
I hope you found this tutorial useful and it helps you re-create some awesome fondant pizza slices for your next party!
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If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments. I am happy to help!
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