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How to Make a Fondant Trilobite

Updated on March 3, 2016
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Kylyssa is an artist who works in a wide variety of media that has included fondant since 2008. She enjoys creating and sharing sweet tips.

An extinct sea creature made of tasty sugary stuff? Yum!

Trilobites are extinct marine creatures that looked kind of like pillbugs, those adorable little terrestrial crustaceans that roll up in a ball. They are cool looking creatures that have left some amazing fossils. But why make fondant trilobites?

Trilobites are also associated with steampunk to some degree and they are some of the coolest fossils. I've always loved fossils of all different sorts but I think these critters are among the cutest of mineralized dead animals.

Read on to learn how to make one kind of trilobite out of fondant or gumpaste. You could even make them out of modeling clay if you don't want to eat them.

All photos and trilobite template by Kylyssa Shay

What You Need to Make a Fondant Trilobite

  • Fondant in your choice of colors
  • A rolling pin to roll out fondant
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Waxed paper
  • A craft knife (such as an X-acto knife) or other sharp knife
  • A metal spatula
  • A printout of the Fondant Trilobite Template
  • Food coloring and gold or silver Pearl dust or Luster dust(optional)

Wilton Natural Colors Fondant, Multi Pack
Wilton Natural Colors Fondant, Multi Pack
These natural colors of fondant would work nicely to make trilobites and some find pre-made, traditional fondant easier to work with than home made marshmallow fondant. Wilton brand is very smooth and shapes easily.

Fondant Trilobite Template

fondant trilobite template by Kylyssa Shay
fondant trilobite template by Kylyssa Shay

Print out this image to the desired size for use as your fondant trilobite template.

Step One - Cut Out the Base

Roll out your fondant to about a quarter of an inch thick on a piece of waxed paper that has been sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray using a rolling pin that has also been sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

Cut out the egg-shaped base for the fondant trilobite by laying your printed template over the fondant and using a craft knife to cut the fondant.

Fondant Trilobite Base

Fondant Trilobite Base
Fondant Trilobite Base

Step Two - Cut Out the Head Base

Roll out your fondant to about an eighth of an inch thick and cut out the curved head base of the trilobite.

Trilobite Head Base

Trilobite Head Base
Trilobite Head Base

Step Three - Cut Out the Head Center

Roll out your fondant to about an eighth of an inch thick and cut out the head center of the trilobite with a sharp knife.

Head Center

Head Center
Head Center

Step Four - Cut Out the Body Detail

Roll out your fondant to about an eighth of an inch thick and cut out the detailed body piece of the trilobite with a sharp knife.

This is the most difficult piece to cut out, in my opinion. It is helpful to spray the knife with non-stick cooking spray, wiping the knife clean and re-applying whenever any fondant sticks to the blade.

Body Detail

Body Detail
Body Detail

Step Five - Cut out the Eyes and Face Detail

Roll out your fondant to about an eighth of an inch thick and cut out the eyes (the part that looks kind of like a mushroom) and the face detail (the part that looks like a little egg shape) using a sharp knife.

Eyes and Face Detail

Eyes and Face Detail
Eyes and Face Detail

Step Six

Pick up the individual pieces of the trilobite by gently sliding a metal spatula between the waxed paper and the fondant and carefully transferring them to your hand to position them.

Apply the body detailing piece to the fondant trilobite base as pictured. As long as the fondant is still flexible, it should stick together if gently pressed.

Step Seven

>Apply the head base next, slightly overlapping the body detail piece.

Step Eight

Apply the head center on top of the head base.

Step Nine

>Apply the eyes (the mushroom shaped thing) on top of the head center as shown.

Step Ten

Apply the head detail piece (the little egg-shaped bit) between the eyes.

Step Eleven

Use a knife to score the body detailing piece as shown to make the center look as if it is made of segments.

Optional Steps

To give your fondant trilobite a bit of sparkle you can make a paint of edible Pearl dust or Luster dust and food coloring. Use about three drops of food coloring to about six drops of water and add a sixteenth of a teaspoon (just a tiny pinch) of Pearl dust or Luster dust. You can use a pastry brush, clean art paintbrush, or cotton swab to apply this paint.

For more detailing you can make tiny prick marks in the eyes of the trilobite using the very tip of your craft knife or a toothpick.

Edible Pearly-Looking Dust

Wilton Silver Pearl Dust, 0.5 oz.
Wilton Silver Pearl Dust, 0.5 oz.
This shiny edible powder allows you to create metallic or sparkly-looking fondant surfaces.

Fondant Trilobite Front View

Fondant Trilobite Top View

What are your thoughts on edible trilobites, fondant or otherwise?

© 2009 Kylyssa Shay

What Do You Think about Edible Trilobites?

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    • Kitty Levee profile image

      Kitty Levee 

      9 years ago

      You did a fantastic job. The little guy looks like he could just swim away!

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      These are fantastic! I called my kids over and they all got a real kick out of it!

    • Kate Phizackerl1 profile image

      Kate Phizackerl1 

      10 years ago

      Another fantastic lens. Blessed.

    • Bellezza-Decor profile image


      10 years ago from Canada

      Oh what fun; 5* and lensrolled your how to make a fondant trilobite into Dragon Masks and Hats. I'm sure somebody would love to make this weird and wonderful, yet kinda creepy cake for their next Dragon Party!

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      10 years ago

      Really weird, but really cool!

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      10 years ago

      A very well thought out and thorough lens!


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