After posting the Teddy Bear Picnic cake and the How to Make Fondant Basketweave Tutorial, the question that’s been most asked is how to make a fondant checkered blanket like the teddy bear was sitting on.
Sooo, yesterday I was in “tutorial mode” and decided to do a quick tutorial on the blanket.
PS… yesterday I completed 3 tutorials (yay for me!), pictures taken and edited, and two submitted to CakeJournal and did this one for here. It was a productive day…
Anyway… so here it is, How to Make a Fondant Checkered Blanket. Start by gathering your supplies.
Here’s what I used:
- White and red fondant (I used homemade marshmallow fondant for the white and Satin Ice Red Vanilla)
- Clear Sewing Ruler (you could get by without this, but I use it often and it’s an inexpensive tool)
- Pastry Wheel
- Rolling Pin
- Miniature Square cutter
- Shortening (or you could use sugar glue, but it might get messy)
First, you’re going to need to know what size you want your blanket to be. For today’s tutorial, I was going to put it on a 4″ round (dummy) cake. I wanted the corners of the blanket to hang down about an inch on the sides of the cake, so I opted to do a blanket approximately 5″ square. Using my clear acrylic sewing ruler and a small pastry wheel, I cut out a 5″ square.
Next I covered the square with a thin layer of shortening. It looks pretty thick below, but I did that just so you could see it in the picture. I wiped it down with a paper towel after the picture and left only a thin coat.
Note: you could also use sugar glue to do this, but I don’t recommend it. Personally, I think it would be a mess and it would be difficult to shift the squares around to get them just right… but you can give it a try if you like the idea better!
Roll out red and white fondant (or whatever colors you want for your blanket). I rolled it pretty thin – but not so thin that it would stretch and tear or get distorted when moved.
Using a tiny square cutter (mine is between half an inch and an inch square), cut out lots of squares for the blanket. I didn’t count or calculate how many I’d need, I just cut out a bunch and got started.
Now just start lining them up on the blanket – alternating colors. The shortening will act as a adherent, but it’s not so sticky that you can’t shift them around if needed.
When you get it completely covered, you may have to trim the edges a bit if the squares don’t completely line up with the edge of the square underneath.
At this point, I use my rolling pin to gently roll over the blanket. I try to not squish it too much, just enough to smooth everything out.
Now it’s as simple as this… lay it over the top!
When you begin to smooth down the corners, the squares may pull apart a bit (see below), but because they’re not firmly attached, you can smooth them and adjust them to get it looking nice.
Once it’s all smoothed and the squares are lined up – you’re done!
For this cake, I wanted to add something to give it a finished look, so I made a “1″ from white chocolate and covered it in disco dust to use as a topper on my little (fake) cake. The tutorial for this is also coming soon!
And that’s it…. this is how I made the fondant checkered blanket for the teddy bear picnic blanket!
Do you have any questions about making this blanket? Leave me a comment and I’ll see if I can help!