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How to Make Fondant Amanita Mushroom Sweets
Learn how to make these weird and wacky decorative, mushroom-shaped sweets
The real amanita mushroom is highly toxic and must not be eaten. In nature, red and yellow often means do not eat! Fortunately, in the kitchen, red and yellow sometimes just means someone has gotten silly with a bit of food dye. I'll going to take you step-by-step through the process of making an adorable weird sweet that looks like a deadly amanita mushroom in the following tutorial.
All photos by Kylyssa Shay unless otherwise noted.
What You Need to Make a Fondant Poisonous Amanita Mushroom
* Fondant in red, yellow, and white or off-white
* Cocoa powder
* Waxed paper
* X-acto knife or other craft knife
* Soft, clean paintbrush
You can turn white fondant into off-white fondant by kneading in a tiny bit of cocoa powder.
Premade fondant works well for this project. You can create different colors to work with by kneading gel food coloring into white fondant if desired.
Making the Fondant Mushroom Stem
Form a bit of the off-white fondant into a stem shape, much thicker on the bottom than the top and set it aside. This will form the mushroom stalk.
Forming the Underside of the Mushroom Cap
Pinch off a small bit of off-white fondant, roll it into a ball, and flatten it as shown.
Score the Underside of the Cap
Flip the flattened ball to the flat side and score the bottom with an Exacto knife as shown.
Highlight the Mushroom Gills with Cocoa Water
Brush cocoa powder water into the score marks. Set the piece aside. This will be the gills under the mushroom’s cap.
Flatten Red Fondant Ball
Roll out a ball of red fondant slightly larger than the ball of off-white fondant for the gills and flatten it down into a round.
Put Red and Off-White Fondant Together
Press the red fondant circle on top of the off-white circle.
Cut Off Excess Red Fondant
Cut off the excess red fondant. Set the mushroom top aside.
Make Tiny Bits of Yellow Fondant
Pull off tiny, tiny bits of yellow fondant, anywhere from a millimeter to three millimeters across and roll them roughly into balls.
Press Red Fondant Mushroom Cap into Yellow bits of Fondant
Dampen the mushroom cap with cocoa water and press it into the little yellow balls of fondant.
Finished Mushroom Cap
Stand Up the Fondant Stem
Stand the stem upright and paint the end of it with cocoa water.
Complete the Fondant Amanita Mushroom - Assemble Fondant Mushroom
Press the mushroom cap onto the stem and set it aside to dry.
Completed Amanita Sweets
Enjoy your amanita mushroom sweets!
© 2012 Kylyssa Shay