A few weeks back I was asked to make a princess cake for a little princess’s birthday. Although it took me a while to settle on a design, I knew right away that it had to have a crown! And not just any crown, but a (edible, fondant) crown fit for a princess!
Makes one fondant crown
What you’ll need:
Food gel coloring in yellow (or gold)
A clean, food-only brush
Assorted small cookie cutters (optional)
The idea here is relatively simple: create a template, cut up your fondant, let it dry, and then douse it in a good dose of bright color and glitter. Lots and lots of glitter.
With some paper and pen, work up a template for your crown. I drew one side of my crown, and then folded the paper in half and cut it out along the line. I seriously cannot eyeball symmetry, so only drawing one side of the crown and folding it over allowed me to make sure that the crown was the same on each side.
Once you have a template you’re happy with, it’s just a matter of rolling out your fondant (both store bought and homemade work great) and cutting out your crown. Make sure to dust your fondant with some powdered sugar to keep your template from sticking to it! Using a sharp, food-only knife or x-acto blade, cut out your crown. Now’s a good time to add embellishments by using small cookie cutters to cut out sections of the crown or by adding extra pieces of fondant.
Now for the boring part: letting it dry. The drying time will really depend on your fondant, but my homemade marshmallow fondant took a good 3 days to set up completely (a watched fondant crown never dries out, am I right?). To get that curved shape, you’ll want to dry your crown on something cylindrical (preferably with wax paper under it). Any bottle or round container will work, really, and you can make your crown bigger or smaller based on the size of container you use. I used a jumbo bottle of lotion to get my crown just about wearable-by-a-small-child sized.
Once your fondant is completely set up, you can start adding some details (and glitter!). You’ll want to make sure that the fondant really is set up before you start painting it, since the food gel/water can soften it back up a little. Paint your crown with a good coat of slightly watered down food gel coloring and sprinkle away with glitter while the food coloring is still wet. It’s a good idea to do this over wax paper so you can pour all of that excess glitter back into the container (or back onto the crown because, really, can you have too much glitter? No? I didn’t think so). You can also add royal icing, nonpareils, skies the limit!
Let the crown dry before attaching it to a cake. I recommend securing it with some royal icing just to make sure it stays where it’s supposed to (particularly during transport).