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How To Make Fondant Carrots Without Moulds

Rows of fondat carrots without their greens, looking very realistic.
Here's my photo tutorial on how to make fondant carrots without moulds or any special equipment. Ideal for decorating carrot cake or any Easter & Spring themed bakes. 

How To Make Fondant Carrots Without Moulds

A Photo Tutorial

Overhea dphoto of a smooth carrot cake, with fondant carrots on top and fondant makeup pieces on the base, witn text '22, Olivia'.
4 photo collage of bundt, mini bundt, layer cake and squares of carrot cake.
3 Mini carrot bundt cakes with mini eggs and Easter Mini Carrot Bundts title.
Old photo of a deep 3 layer carrot cake with lots of cream cheese frosting on top and side sin peaks, with handmade fondant carrots on top and bottom.

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. Here is an old photo of when I used these fondant carrots on a 4 layer carrot cake with orange cream cheese frosting. Also see my Easter & Spring recipes.

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So on to the photo tutorial (For more fondant tutorials – go to Fondant Lessons).

Overhead shot of a cream cheese frosted carrot layer cake, with mini eggs on top and pastel coloured Easter decorations surrounding it.


  • 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 (other methods on YouTube) 
  • Cling film/plastic wrap

Step-By-Step Instructions

1.  Use coloured fondant or custom colour your own by adding food dye to white fondant. See Photo 1 below 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.

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

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.

2. Make the carrot by starting with a ball of orange fondant about 3cm (1 + ⅕”) wide and then roll between the palm of your hands into an oblong about 4cm (1 + ⅔ “) long.  See Photo 2.

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

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 ⅓ of the length of the carrot.  See Photo 3.

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The prepared fondant carrots setting up with text 'photo 7'.

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. 

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.

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

13. Once they set up, the colour fades and they lose 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.

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.

Rows of fondat carrots without their greens, looking very realistic.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with fondant carrot toppers.

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.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: easy-intermediate

Rating: 1 out of 5.

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

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