My husband likes beer. So it made sense to decorate his birthday cake with beer. As the real stuff gets too soggy, I tried making little fondant beer decor. Then all these leftover Peeps (from Easter, but I believe Peeps to have an infinite shelf life) crashed the party.
you will need:*
white rolled fondant
food coloring (brown, black, and blue)
light corn syrup
1/2″ to 1″ circle cookie cutter
*Find the fondant and cutter at any major craft store. You can also find food coloring there, though I use Americolor soft gel pastes (click on their site for info on where to buy). My cutter is a 1″ oval, but I patted the edges of my fondant down to better form a circle after cutting.
step one: tint your fondant
You’ll need white, brown, dark brown/black, and light blue. White is already done for you, but to tint the other colors, need a few drops of coloring into a ball of fondant very well. Fondant may get sticky from kneading. If it becomes difficult to manage, let sit at room temperature uncovered for about 15 minutes. For the Guinness color, I mixed a few drops of both brown and black coloring into fondant.
step two: make your foam heads
Roll white fondant between two pieces of wax paper, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out circles with the cutter and set aside.
step three: make the beer mug
Knead a ball of brown fondant and shove the cutter into it. Don’t worry about precision. You’re just trying to make a cylinder shape. Tap into place with fingers if needed. Press toothpick around sides of cylinder to make beer-mug-lines. For handle, roll a small piece of blue fondant on the table with your palm (like making snakes from PlayDoh). Bend into a “U” and cut ends with sharp knife to flatten. Set aside and let stiffen about an hour.
step four: make your Guinness
Follow the above instructions for making dark brown cylinders, but don’t press sides with the toothpick. Dab light corn syrup on the underside of a white circle and press onto top of cylinder. With fingers, roll the bottom of the cylinder to make a pint glass (if fondant is too soft at this point, let sit out for 15 minutes first).
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