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Crayons – A tutorial

Hi everyone!

It’s Christmas time, but we’re playing with crayons instead of new toys!

Fondant Crayons

Edible Crayons

We used these crayons to help celebrate a second birthday for twins!

Crayon cake

Crayon Cake

Cake Detail - close up of the crayon

Close up of the crayons in action

So…you may be asking yourself how do I create these crayons?

Well, my friends, if you haven’t figured it out already, I’ll guide you through the process.  :0)

First, you’ll need to gather your resources!  So, rummage through your goodies and accumulate your loot!  Here you go:

  1. A clay extruder (we used the Makin’s Professional Clay Extruder) with the largest circle disk
  2. Fondant in all of your favorite colors!  Now, if you grab your trusty set of real crayons, take a look at them.  Do you notice that those pesky wrappers are actually a different color than the crayon?  Yeah, I sighed too.    So–make sure when you grab your red fondant, take a bit of it and mix in some white fondant to get a slightly lighter color for the wrapper (and do this for each main color you are using!).
  3. A flat, non-stick surface to roll out your fondant
  4. Non-stick rolling pin
  5. Knife or other sharp edge for cutting fondant (you could use a pizza wheel)
  6. Palette knife
  7. Black food color marker (we used Americolor Gourmet Writers)
  8. Petal pad or other porous material that you can lay the crayons on to dry
A real crayon for comparison, extruder, fondant and disks

Get ready for some extruder action!

So once your supplies are gathered, knead your fondant (the darker color) until pliable and then load it up in the extruder.

Force the fondant through the extruder until you have just over three inches of fondant tubing. Trim off any extra.

Extruded tube cut to size

Extruded tube cut to size

Put down your extruder and carefully place pressure on one end of the fondant tube.  With the pressure and a rolling motion, you will create a cone shape on one end.  If your tip gets a point at the end, take your finger and push it in–real crayons have a flat tip to them.

Next, take the lighter shade of red and roll out a small chunk of it really, really thin.

Fondant crayon without the wrapper

Fondant crayon without the wrapper

(No–I didn’t use any cornstarch or confectioner’s sugar, but please do if your fondant is sticking!)

Use your sharp edge to cut the rolled fondant into a rectangle.  Make sure to measure the rectangle out before cutting it by placing the crayon you’ve created next to it.  Insure the rectangle is not too wide–leave room at both ends so the crayon peaks out from the wrapper.

Cut wrapper

The wrapper's ready to be put on!

Use your palette knife to gently release the top edge of the fondant.  Then place the crayon you created on the wrapper and gently roll the crayon in the wrapper.  Trim the edge if necessary.  As we haven’t used any dust to prevent sticking, the wrapper should stick to the crayon without any water or sugar glue.  If your fondant it too dry to stick, use a touch of water–brushed on very lightly to get it to stick to itself.

At this point we went on to making more crayons (repeating the above steps) to let the old ones set up and harden before finishing their details.  So please do the same if you’re making a bunch of crayons!

When the crayons with wrappers have set up, continue to the next steps!

Get your edible food coloring marker ready and let’s add some details!!

Crayon prep

We're ready to mark up the crayon!

Take the edible marker and draw lines on the crayon’s wrapper, filling them in with the black marker to create the waves.  Write the crayon color on the wrapper as well.

Which one is the sugar crayon?

Which crayon would you rather eat?

Lay your completed crayons on a soft porous surface to let them dry.

Drying the crayons

The crayons are left to set up and dry before placing on the cake.

After 12 or so hours (depending on humidity), these should be easy to handle–pick one up!

It really feels like a crayon!!

Perhaps for the next tutorial, we’ll show you how to make the crayon box?

Please leave comments–I’m excited to hear from you!!

 

 

 

 

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16 Responses

  1. Kalli, I just found this blog. I love the crayon tutorial and the light box post is wonderful. I’ve been looking for ways to get better cake pictures (so far, all I’ve really done is buy a better camera, but I need more!). By the way, I’ve recently retired from a university job in Mexico City and now I’m in Cancun (my children and their families live here) and just starting my years-long dream of a decorating business. How can I best encourage you to give us MORE? I’m really looking forward to your future posts.

    • Hi Marianna!
      Congratulations on making the big change into cake decorating! It’s so much fun and such a rewarding career! Definitely let me know what you want. I, myself, just switched careers into cake decorating and am learning as I go. It’s a fun adventure! Feel free to email me with any questions you may have: Andrea@KalliCakes.com. I love to hear from people and help out as I can. I’m still working on figuring out the cake pics myself! :0) The lightbox has helped, but there seems to be more to it than having a lightbox and a good camera. Do you have Photoshop or Lightroom? They make a world of difference in modifying pics.

  2. Great tutorial! I have to make Elmo theme’s cup cakes (100!) for a huge first birthday party. I had no clue how to make crayons but your steps are so clear and simple to follow.

    I am also making the transition from the corporate world to cake decorating but I am in the very early stages of it! I will be looking forward for your tips!

    • Thanks Ivette. :0) So glad you found the tutorial helpful! Good luck with your transition–and feel free to email me if you have any questions or want to bounce off any ideas!

  3. AMZING tutorial. Thank you very much for taking time to post this. I appreciate te it. I never even noticed before that the shades of the wrapper and the
    actual crayons are different. Again Thank you.

    Sandy

  4. AMAZING tutorial. Thank you very much for taking time to post this. I appreciate it. I never even noticed before that the shades of the wrapper and the actual crayons are different.

    Again Thank you.

    Sandy

    • Thank you Sandra! I have more tutorials to write–I’ve taken the pictures but just need the time to get them written up and posted. Comments like yours give me the extra kick to get that back on the priority list. :0)

  5. Hello Kalli, this tutorial is amazing! I am wondering if I can ask your help on a cake project that I have to complete soon.

  6. Hello Andrea,
    I am wondering if you have a tutorial for a crayola open box cake. I am having difficulty with making the cake box open and how to get the edible image for the crayola logo to cover the cake.

    Thank you,
    Yolanda

  7. Andrea thank you so much. You are very resourceful and helpful.

    Thanks Again.

  8. Great cake! I have been looking for a cake technique that looks like it has been colored on with crayons. The writing on your cake is exactly what I have been searching for. Could you tell me how you achieved that “broken” colored look. I don’t want it perfect like an edible marker would do. Thanks!!

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