My household is obsessed with The Elf on the Shelf this time of year so I had to turn the little guy into a cake topper. I took some photos along the way!
This is what I used:
- work surface
- parchment-covered foam block
- Lemon Meringue doll
- small ball tool
- stick tool
- 1.5” circle cutter
- corn starch
- rolling pin
- X-Acto knife
- lollipop stick or skewer
- water pen
- fondant in red, white, nude, black, blue, brown
- gum paste
- extra-fine tip edible marker in black, brown, and red
- small brush
- orange and pink luster dust
- Any large piping tip
- fondant smoother
Edible Elf Cake Toppers
I have several homemade face molds from my daughter’s dolls. I thought this Lemon Meringue one was around the right size and shape. To create the mold, dust the doll’s face with cornstarch and press it firmly into a ball of gum paste. Let it harden overnight.
Once your mold has hardened, press a flesh-tone ball of fondant/gum paste mix into the mold.
Tease out the bulbous shapes of the cheeks, nose, and chin with a small ball tool.
Indent the mouth with a toothpick.
To make the torso, start with a ball of red fondant/gum paste mix that is a bit larger than the head.
Use a fondant smoother and your hands to achieve the proper shape.
Then for legs, form a smaller ball and cut it into equal halves.
Roll them until you have the legs shaped as shown.
Flatten the top of each leg so it will sit flush under the torso.
Bend the legs over the parchment-covered foam piece. Then attach the torso to the legs with water or the edible glue of your choice.
Form a small red ball of fondant/gum paste mix and divide it equally to make the elf’s skinny arms.
Make each half into a round ball.
Then roll them out as shown into the arm shapes.
Attach a white, pointy elf hand to the bottom of each.
Attach them with a dab of water. (I occasionally place the head on the body to see how it is “shaping up.”)
To make the white collar, cut fondant with a 1.5-inch circle cutter.
Hand-cut the points of the collar with the X-acto knife.
Attach the collar to the body with a dab of water or the edible glue of your choice.
Moving on to make the face details, I used a Wilton #230 tip to cut eye details because it has a nice oval shape.
Roll the white ovals out to make them a touch larger and attach them with water.
Then cut out slightly smaller blue ovals, and then slightly smaller black ovals for the eyes.
Attach them as shown.
Use an extra-fine tip edible marker to draw the black lines at the tops of each eye. Then draw in the lashes with black and the brows with brown. Finally, draw his little pink lower lip.
His cheeks are an orange/pink tone so mix the two colors and gently apply with a soft brush.
Mold the ears by hand and then attach them and give them an indent with this stick tool.
You only have to add the front and side hair because the hat covers the rest. I cut mine into three small pieces and attached them with water. Give some added texture to the hair with a toothpick.
To shape the hat, start with a red ball of fondant/gum paste mix. Use your hands and fondant smoother to keep rolling it into a cylinder. Hollow out the base of the hat with your thumbs a little so it sits nicely on his head.
Attach the hat with a little water and (2) half toothpicks for extra stability.
Finally, roll out and cut a wide white band of fondant for the hat trim and attach it. Allow the head to dry for a while up against your backsplash or somewhere. This will help the hat keep its upward shape.
In my cake topper design, I made a small, white pillow (Rice Krispy Treats covered in fondant) for the elf to sit on. I attached the torso to the pillow with a thin wooden skewer and left an inch of the skewer sticking up from the neck. The next day, after the head had time to harden, I secured it to the body by pressing it down onto the exposed skewer.
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This cake would make a big impression at a Christmas party. It would also be perfect for any birthday boy or girl that loves the Elf on the Shelf!
Thank you for the tutorial! I love your little elf…. so cute…
Donndarae Van Syckel
Love it 🙂 Great tutorial Renee. Thanks for sharing.
Donndarae Van Syckel
Great job Renee 🙂 Love your elf!
One question i fgorgot to ask you! What cake do you have underneath it? And is that just white fondant arround it? Thanks in advance for answering! And this i forgot too…..thank you for sharing your idea! Bye. 🙂
Marja, the topper is sitting atop a 6” round vanilla sour cream cake with vanilla pudding. It is iced with vanilla buttercream 🙂
Hi, i love your elf on a cake! It looks wonderfull! And your subscriptions are so clear That i without trouble can understand how you made it! It is sooooooo amazingly beautifull! A great idea to make be4 the Christmas! I really, really love it! You did a great job! Well done! Byebye. 🙂
Thanks for the nice compliments Marja. And when I answered your question about the cake details above, I meant to say “with vanilla pudding inside.” Don’t want to confuse you 🙂 xo
he’s so cute. thanks for the lovely idea
I’d love to learn how to make my own molds. Do you have any tutorials? You Elf is perfect !! Merry Christmas
I love the idea of making molds from dolls! Such a great tutorial !
Thanks Rima. It’s certainly not my original idea. Cake decorators have been sharing their methods for mold making for years. I think i first saw the idea on Cake Central when I became interested in cake decorating years ago. But, it does give me a nice head start for figure modeling many times. Luckily my daughter has a large doll collection 🙂
Great job, thank you so much for sharing.
Margaret…my pleasure. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂