FONDANT CACTUS TUTORIAL – How to make a fondant saguaro cactus

May 25, 2014

fondant saguaro cactus

This week I made a cake that was decorated with lots of cacti and things you find in the desert. I took a took a couple of photos to share with you how I make a quick and easy saguaro cactus:


First, I start with a nice long sausage shape of fondant. This will be the trunk of the cactus. The top of the cactus is slightly pointy.IMG_5162I love my fondant roller! My Wilton fondant roller is definitely on my list of favorite tools in my tool collection. I use this instead of using the palm of my hand or my fingers because you get a more even consistency when rolling out things. When you use the palm of your hand and your fingers you get ripples and ridges of uneven fondant.


Another one of my favorite tools in my tool collection is my giant razor blade. I actually bought it in the clay/molding section of Michael’s. It cuts straight lines and makes it so much easier to do so.


I use my long razor blade to score lines in the trunk of the cactus.


Now it’s time to make the arms of the saguaro. I rolled out another sausage shape but a little smaller and thinner this time. I also scored it with the razor blade like I did for the trunk.


I cut the sausage in half and they don’t have to be even in length.


I bent the arms to curl up like the arms of a saguaro cactus. I dabbed the freshly cut ends with water and glued them to the cactus trunk.


This is our cactus all put together.


If you didn’t know, saguaro cactus have beautiful flowers that bloom only once a year. I used my tiny flower plunger cutter to make the flower.


I only put flowers on a couple of cactus.


I put skewers and toothpicks in most of the cactus to give them support. I let them dry for at least 3 days. I hope this helps you if you’re looking to make a simple cactus for a cake.


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