Kylyssa is an artist who works in a wide variety of media that has included fondant since 2008. She enjoys creating and sharing sweet tips.
Decorative Mushroom-Shaped Sweets
The real amanita mushroom is highly toxic and must not be eaten. In nature, red and yellow often mean do not eat!
Fortunately, in the kitchen, red and yellow sometimes just means someone has gotten silly with a bit of food dye. I'm going to take you step-by-step through the process of making an adorable weird sweet that looks like a deadly amanita mushroom in the following tutorial.
- Fondant in red, yellow, and white or off-white
- Cocoa powder
- Waxed paper
- X-acto knife or other craft knife
- Soft, clean paintbrush
Note: You can turn white fondant into off-white fondant by kneading in a tiny bit of cocoa powder.
(A complete step-by-step photo guide follows these instructions.)
- Form a bit of the off-white fondant into a stem shape, much thicker on the bottom than the top and set it aside. This will form the mushroom stalk.
- Pinch off a small bit of off-white fondant, roll it into a ball, and flatten to form the mushroom cap.
- Score the flattened mushroom cap with an X-Acto knife. This will be the underside of the mushroom cap.
- Brush cocoa powder water into the score marks. Set the piece aside. This will be the gills under the mushroom’s cap.
- Roll out a ball of red fondant slightly larger than the ball of off-white fondant for the gills and flatten it down into a round.
- Press the red fondant circle on top of the off-white circle.
- Cut off the excess red fondant. Set the mushroom top aside.
- Pull off tiny, tiny bits of yellow fondant, anywhere from a millimeter to three millimeters across and roll them roughly into balls.
- Dampen the mushroom cap with cocoa water and press it into the little yellow balls of fondant. Set aside.
- Stand the stem upright and paint the end of it with cocoa water.
- Press the mushroom cap onto the stem and set it aside to dry.
Make the Stem
Flatten and Score the Cap
Highlight the Gills
Flatten a Red Ball
Lay the Gills on the Red Top
Cut Off Excess
Make Tiny Bits of Yellow Fondant
Press Mushroom Cap Into Yellow Bits
Finished Mushroom Cap
Stand the Stem Up
Press the Cap Onto the Stem
Completed Amanita Sweets
Enjoy your amanita mushroom sweets!
© 2012 Kylyssa Shay
What Do You Think of Fondant Amanita Mushrooms as a Sweet Treat?
D_L_Harbin on October 03, 2012:
What a neat lens, these look awesome!
OliviaQ on September 28, 2012:
this a sweet project. great lens
neotony on September 27, 2012:
they looked so real, i thought this lens was a recipe for cooking the real mushrooms. i won't lie, i was a little scared!
TristanMarcano on September 27, 2012:
I'm going to totally try this!
ryokomayuka from USA on September 26, 2012:
Sounds like a fun project.
anonymous on September 26, 2012:
Your creativity seems to have no end, how unique to think of making poisonous amanita mushrooms for Halloween and your instructions and step by step pictures help everyone to succeed in making this sweet treat, what fun!
AnnaleeBlysse on September 26, 2012:
Working with fondant looks like such a fun hobby.
VeseliDan on September 25, 2012:
This sounds great! They look so real! Great idea! I will try these Fondant amanita mushroom sweets. *blessed*
anonymous on September 25, 2012:
Okay I'm pretty sure I will be making some of these in Halloween colors!! What a great idea & wonderful instructive Lens :D
Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 25, 2012:
Great tutorial for fondant mushrooms. *blessed
Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on September 25, 2012:
@karen-stephens: If you click the link directly under the materials list entitled "How To Make Decorating Fondant for Cakes" it gives complete instructions for making fondant with photos showing the steps.
Indigo Janson from UK on September 25, 2012:
Much better than the real thing! A wonderful tutorial too. I must share this with Amanita the game designers -- it's their logo, but in fondant. How could they not love that? :)
karen-stephens on September 24, 2012:
what is Fondant and how to make it..
anonymous on September 24, 2012:
They look so real. Great pictures and instructions. Congrats on making the front page.
justramblin on September 24, 2012:
They are enchanting. Thanks for the tips
Deadicated LM on September 24, 2012:
Love these! Awesome!!!
JoshK47 on September 24, 2012:
These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!
thememorybooksh1 on September 24, 2012:
Amazing work. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2012:
They really look like treats kids would love.
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on September 23, 2012:
These are a really nice food decoration.
octopen on September 20, 2012:
Wow! What an amazing and creative idea,
Sarah Switalski from Iowa on September 08, 2012:
Very cool! I've never worked with fondant before. Your tutorials is very easy to follow though!