How To Make Fondant Carrots Without Moulds

Rows of fondat carrots without their greens, looking very realistic.

How To Make Fondant Carrots Without Moulds

A Photo Tutorial

By Caro

Here's my photo tutorial on how to make fondant carrots, easily and without any special moulds. Ideal for decorating carrot cake or any Easter or Spring themed bakes. 

These fondant carrots go perfectly with my carrot cake recipes, and in this photo, I used on a carrot cake, for a girl who was a make-up artist. Photo tutorial for fondant make-up, coming soon.

Also see my Easter & Spring recipes.

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How To Make Fondant Carrots Without Moulds

Old photo of deep layered carrot cake with peaked frosting and fondant carrots on top.

EQUIPMENT

  • Green & orange fondant (or white and food dye)
  • (For dying I recommend using gloves so as not to stain your hands)
  • Silicone mat or baking/parchment paper
  • Sugar craft tools – cutter, roller cutter (straight edged), ball ended dresden tool (or small knife, small paint brush or wooden bbq skewer)
  • Very Small paint brush
  • Food glue, Clear alcohol or water to join the fondant
  • Clear alcohol for shine (see other methods on YouTube) 
  • Cling film/plastic wrap

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Use coloured fondant or custom colour your own by adding food dye to white fondant. See Photo 1 for how this is done.  Use gloves as the food colouring stains! Add single drops at a time and knead the fondant until all colour is evenly distributed. In you want more colour, simply add another drop and repeat this process until you get the desired colour and shade. Do not cover the fondant at this stage, as the extra liquid added to it makes it more moist. I recommend using gel dye or even better still paste (like Sugarflair), as they add less moisture to the fondant and make it easier to work with.


Collage of ball of white fondant, tiny dot of orange food colouring and then coloured orange - photo 1.
Colouring fondant

Collage of ball of orange fondant, then rolled to short sausage shape, and thinned one end - photo 2.

2. Make the carrot by starting with a ball of orange fondant about 3cm (1 + 1/5 in) wide and then roll between the palm of your hands into an oblong about 4cm (1 + 2/3 in) long.  See Photo 2.

3. Now roll again at one end and make it a little thinner to make the pointy end of the carrot. Pat to flatten the top of the opposite end that will be the top of the carrot (making it less rounded).  See Photo 2.


Collage of making small hole on top end of fondant carrot, then making lines on it - photo 3.

4. Using something small and rounded (I used a sugar craft tool but even the end of a very small paint brush will do), make a hole in the ‘top’ of the carrot, and go down about a 1/3 of the length of the carrot.  See Photo 3.

5. Using a small knife. Make alternating lines on the top of the carrots, remembering to continue to the sides.  See Photo 3. Continue to make more carrots like this and vary their size by starting off with smaller balls of fondant.  Leave to dry a little on a silicone mat or baking/parchment paper.


Collage of making green strips of fondant and using as carrot greens - photo 4.

6. To make the carrot tops, form a ball of green fondant & roll out into a very flat oblong. Use a straight pastry cutter or similar sugar crafting tool (or knife), to make strips. These will look best if not all straight or precisely cut and rough edges are fine.  See Photo 4. Cut as many as you can get from this piece of fondant. We will even use small ones and make smaller carrots too. 


Fondant carrots and prepared greens reading to go in - photo 5.

7. Roll out more green fondant and make lots of strips of ‘carrot greens’. Once you have a lot try to make bundles of 3 or 4 pieces, as in Photo 5 with shorter ones on the outer sides. Make more than enough to go with however many carrots you have made. Save any small or broken pieces as we can use them too. Squeeze the ends of the ‘greens’ together and allow to dry a little.


Collage of glueing the fodant hole, and pushing in the greens - photo 6.

8. Once ready to attach the ‘greens’ to the carrots, make sure the hole you made is big enough to take in the ‘greens’, so you may have to widen it a little.  See Photo 6.

9. With a small paint brush apply some food glue, clear alcohol or water, to inside this hole you made.


The prepare fondant carrots setting - photo 7.

10. Very carefully place the ‘greens’ into the carrot top, using the paint brush to push down and in if needed. If any pieces fall off, simply apply a bit more glue and push into the carrot tops.  See Photo 7 , varying lengths give a more natural look.

11. Continue to fill the carrot tips, and use up any small or broken pieces, by pushing into the carrot tops with the help of the brush. This will make them all look different and more realistic. 


Comparison pic of with and without the alcohol glaze - photo 8.

12. Carefully go over any of the carrot lines you made earlier that may have been smudged when handling them and then leave them to dry. You can let the greens sit in a curved way, and not all straight, again to help look more realistic.

13. Once they set up, the colour fades and they loose the initial shine, but do not worry, we can make them look fresh again. There are several methods on You Tube, but I used some Vodka (any clear alcohol will do) and brushed a little onto the top and sides of the carrots only (leave the greens). One coat was enough to give a great shine. The alcohol will evaporate and after time the shine will go but this will take days to happen. See Photo 8 for the difference: the top carrot is the faded one and the bottom one had vodka painted on to it.


Carrot Cake Cupcakes with fondant carrot toppers.

14. Leave out to dry a little. Don’t cover as there may end up too much moisture and ruin your hard work.   You can place on top of fondant when dry. It is not advisable to place on top of buttercream until the last minute as it will soften the fondant. Also the fondant should not be placed in the fridge, as condensation will cause it to weep.

15. If not using right away, you can cover well with cling film/plastic wrap. Leave out at room temperature but away from direct sunlight as it will fade any colouring. Note that these can be made weeks in advance and last years if properly stored.


Slim fondant carrot cupcake toppers on top of cream cheese frosting.

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