Create Peppa pig and her little brother George with this step by step Peppa Pig fondant cake topper tutorial. The ducks are also joining in on the muddy fun!
With two young boys, we’ve been fans of Peppa Pig for a long time. I had the chance to make a Peppa Pig cake for a family member and was so excited to make this little piggy and her pals.
Since the characters are 2D on TV, trying to create them into 3D figures can be a little tricky. Sometimes the smallest details can alter the way they look – if the eyes are off by 1 mm they can look like a totally different character. Luckily I had my son on hand to give me honest feedback. He was really encouraging with words like “Looks good mum!” or “Aw, Peppa is so cute!” You know you’re going to get an honest critique from a 5 year old! If he’d said “That’s nice mum, who is it?”, then it’s back to the drawing board!
The brief for Peppa and George was for them to be jumping in muddy puddles. Rather than trying to balance the figures on skinny little stick legs, I decided that it would be easier for them to be wearing gumboots. So in this tutorial they’re wearing their mucky, wet weather gear! Feel free to change up the legs if you like.
Learn how to make Peppa Pig (and George) fondant cake toppers with this easy tutorial.
Let’s start off with the star of the show, Peppa Pig.
To make Peppa, you will need:
Red fondant (body)
Pale Pink fondant (head, ears, arms)
Darker Pink fondant (cheeks, mouth)
Yellow fondant (Gumboots)
Tiny amount of black and white fondant (eyes)
Wilton No. 9 Piping Tip (for the eyes)
For the body:
1. Add tylose/CMC powder to some red fondant, mix it in well and roll it into a seamless ball.
2. Place your hands on either side of the ball and roll it back and forth so the ball becomes taller and thinner. When you’re happy with the height, insert a stick of spaghetti into the body all the way to the bottom and leave about 3cm (just over an inch) poking out the top.
2a. Now, because Peppa’s head is going to be heavier at the front with her large snout, I positioned the spaghetti off centre, a little towards the back which would counter balance the head (refer to picture 2a above).
Pop the body aside while you work on the rest of the parts.
For the gumboots:
3. Add some CMC/tylose powder to a small amount of yellow fondant and mix it in well. Roll two balls, equal in size.
4.Use your fingers to flatten the balls slightly, then taper them in at the back – so the front of the boots are wider at the front compared to the back (refer to the above picture).
5.Pop in a stick of spaghetti into each gumboot (leave about 4cm poking out) and add a dab of sugar glue around each piece of spaghetti. Gently place Peppa’s body on top of the gumboots/spaghetti and ensure the body stays in place without it toppling over. Flatten the shoes a bit more if you need to.
For Peppa’s head:
6. Add tylose/CMC powder to some pale pink fondant and mix it in well. Roll it into a seamless ball.
7. Use your fingers/hands to start lengthening one side of the ball to form a piggy snout (refer to above pictures).
8. Once you’re happy with the length of the snout, pick up the head and place the very end of the snout directly on your work surface. Move and twist it about so the end of the snout becomes flat and pretty much a perfect circle (refer to picture 8). Use your hands to rub over the head to make it nice and smooth.
9. Use a piece of spaghetti to create two nostrils on the end of the snout (refer to picture 9 above).
George’s head is made using the same instructions.
For Peppa’s ears:
10. Roll two tiny bits of pale pink fondant into a teardrop shape.
11. Use your finger to flatten them slightly.
12. Add a tiny dab of sugar glue to the bottom part of the ears and then stick them on to Peppa’s head.
12a. Have a look at the head from the front and ensure the placement of the ears is correct – not too far apart or too far at the back/front of the head.
Use the same above instructions to make George’s ears.
For Peppa’s eyes:
13. Roll out a thin layer of white fondant and use the piping tip to cut out 4 circles (two for Peppa and two for George).
14. Take a tiny amount of black fondant, roll it into a ball and flatten it with your finger. Repeat 3 more times (so two for Peppa’s eyes and two for George).
15. Add a tiny dab of sugar glue to the back of each black circle and add them to the white circles.
16. Before you glue the eyes on to the head, work out where you are going to position them. Mine are positioned just about in line with the ears and quite close together. Once you’re happy with their position, use the sugar glue to attach them.
For Peppa’s Cheeks:
17. Roll the dark pink fondant out quite thin. Use the piping tip again to cut out four circles (two for Peppa and two for George). Make sure you save some of this dark pink fondant for the mouths.
18. Add a dab of sugar glue to two of the circles and attach them to the side of Peppa’s face.
For Peppa’s mouth:
19. Roll a tiny, thin sausage of dark pink fondant. Make another one for George and set aside.
20. Give it a slight curve to create a smile.
21. Add a dab of sugar glue to the back and position on the side of Peppa’s face.
22. Once Peppa’s facial features are complete, pick up the head and add a dab of sugar glue underneath (where her head will meet the body).
23. Insert the head on top of the spaghetti that’s coming out of her body. I had to re-position mine a couple of times until I was happy. The first time I attached the head, her snout was facing more towards the ground which didn’t look right. (Use royal icing to attach the head if the sugar glue isn’t holding well). Once you’re happy, pop her aside.
Last but not least, we need to give Peppa some arms:
24. Peppa and George are very excited to be jumping in muddy puddles so their arms are high in the sky waving about! Roll four small, short sausages of pale pink fondant.
25. One end will be attached to the body, the other end will have the ‘fingers’. Use the exacto knife to cut two lines which will create three ‘fingers’ (refer to above picture).
26. Use your fingers to gently separate each of Peppa’s fingers and round off the end of her fingertips.
27. Insert a piece of spaghetti up through the middle of her arm, leaving about 2.5cm (1 inch) visible. Add a dab of sugar glue around the length of the spaghetti so it sticks to the inside of her arm and around the base to go in her body. Now because Peppa’s red body has been sitting for a little while drying, rather than just pushing the arm directly into her body, take another stick of spaghetti and push it in about 2.5cm where you think her arms should be positioned. This should make inserting the arms into the body much easier and prevent the stick of spaghetti from being pushed out through her fingers. Attach both of Peppa’s arms this way.
There we have it, a cute little Peppa Pig fondant figure ready to make a splash on the cake! Pop her aside while we make her little brother, George.
George is made much the same as Peppa, except that he’s a little smaller (shorter) and has a different colour body and gumboots.
We’re half way through our Peppa Pig cake toper tutorial!
To make George, you will need:
Blue fondant (body)
Pale pink fondant (head, ears, arms)
Darker pink fondant (cheeks, mouth)
Red fondant (gumboots)
Tiny amount of white and black fondant (eyes)
Piping Tip (eyes)
For the body:
1. Add tylose/CMC powder to some blue fondant and mix it in well. Roll it into a seamless ball.
2. Place the ball in between your thumb and index finger and gently add pressure so that the top and bottom of the ball have a slight flat edge. This will help the head and gumboots stay in place properly.
3. Insert a stick of spaghetti into the top of George’s body, slightly off centre towards the back which will counter balance the weight of George’s head/snout.
Pop the body aside while you work on the rest of the parts.
For the gumboots (the same process as Peppa’s gumboots):
4. Add some CMC/tylose powder to a small amount of red fondant. Roll two balls, equal in size.
5.Use your fingers to flatten the balls slightly, then taper them in at the back – so the front of the boots are wider at the front compared to the back.
6. Pop in a stick of spaghetti into each gumboot (leave about 4cm poking out) and add a dab of sugar glue around each piece of spaghetti. Gently place Georges’s body on top of the gumboots/spaghetti and ensure the body stays in place without it toppling over. Flatten the shoes a bit more if you need to.
For George’s head:
7. George’s head is made the same way as Peppa’s head. Refer to the instructions and photos above.
For George’s ears:
8. George’s ears are made the same way as Peppa’s ears. Refer to the instructions and photos above.
For George’s eyes:
9. George’s eyes are made the same way as Peppa’s eyes. Refer to the above instructions.
For George’s cheeks and mouth:
10. Both are made the same way as Peppa’s. Refer to the above instructions.
11. Once George’s facial features are complete, pick up the head and add a dab of sugar glue underneath (where his head will meet the body).
12. Insert the head on top of the spaghetti that’s coming out of his body. Re-position the head if you need to (make sure his snout isn’t facing downwards too much). Once you’re happy, pop him aside.
For George’s arms:
George’s arms are made the same way as Peppa’s arms. Refer to the above photos and instructions.
And there we have it! Little George pig is ready to join his sister jumping in muddy puddles!
Next we’re going make some cute little ducks that will be swimming in a pond on the cake board. Clearly these ducks are not in proportion or an accurate representation of real ducks! I wanted to create overly exaggerated lips and make them more animated.
To make the ducks, you will need:
Yellow fondant (head and body)
Orange fondant (beak)
White fondant (eyes)
Edible Black Marker (draw on the eyes and wings)
For the heads:
1. Add tylose/CMC powder to the yellow fondant and mix it in well.
2. Roll two small seamless balls. Pop them aside.
For the bodies:
3. Roll some yellow fondant into a seamless ball (slightly bigger than the head) and then shape it into a teardrop.
4. Use your fingers to pull up the pointy end of the teardrop, so the duck’s tail is pointing upwards a little.
5. Add a dab of sugar glue to the bottom of the head and attach it to the body.
6. Repeat the process for the second duck.
For the beak:
7. For the top part of the beak, roll the orange fondant into an small, thick-ish oval shape. Use your finger to square off one end so it sits nicely against the ducks head. Add a dab of sugar glue and attach it to the head.
8. For the bottom part of the beak, roll another orange oval shape but smaller than the first one. Square it off at one end, add a dab of sugar glue and attach it to the head.
9. Repeat the process for the second duck.
For the eyes:
7. Roll two small balls of white fondant.
8. Use your finger to flatten the balls into a round shape.
9. Add a dab of sugar glue to the back of the eyes and attach them to the ducks head.
10. Use the edible black marker to draw a dot in the middle of the eyes.
11. Repeat the process for the second duck.
For the wings:
12. Give the body a good half an hour to dry before you draw on the wings using the edible black marker.
And now our sweet little piggy friends and the ducks are ready to jump in muddy puddles!
These little piggies and ducks are perfect for sitting atop your cake creation.
This is the cake I created for the Peppa Pig cake toppers. I’m really pleased with how it all came together.
I hope you enjoyed this Peppa Pig cake topper tutorial! Do you love making cake toppers or do you find them a little too fiddly? I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions in the comments below.
If you’re looking for a great mud cake recipe, check out my dark chocolate mud cake recipe post. It’s absolutely delicious and works wonderfully under fondant.
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