How to Make Fondant Surfboards and Surfboard Toppers

I decided to create this tutorial on how to make fondant surfboards and surfboard toppers while making this beach themed birthday cake. I made a total of 4 surfboards out of fondant and 2 of them were used as cake toppers.

Fondant surfboards are really quite fun to make. I say fun because decorating these surfboards is open for one's imagination and creativity - you can decorate them with any design or artwork and that makes it so fun!

For this particular project, 2 surfboards were attached to the sides of the cake (and therefore did not require any support) while another 2 were poked on the cake as 3D fondant surfboard toppers ( and therefore were attached with 2 toothpicks each so that they could stand in an upright position on the cake. 

Here is how I made the fondant surfboards:

These were the main supplies used for making the fondant surfboards:

  • Surfboard template - the template was basically to make sure all 4 surfboards are of the same size. The template I used for this project was hand drawn - I drew an oval shape with pointed ends on both sides and then cut off one pointed end. 
  • Fondant - I used Satin Ice fondant for all the surfboards and the deco on them.
  • CMC powder - this helps fondant set quickly and firm and so I kneaded this into fondant before rolling the fondant out.
  • Pizza cutter - This is my favorite tool when it comes to cutting fondant cut outs. And I used it to cut out the fondant surfboards.
  • Extruder tool fitted with small round disc - Another one of my favorite tools and I used it to pipe out yellow fondant scroll work for the red surfboard.
  • Star plunger cutter - I used a very small sized star cutter to cut out yellow stars for the blue surfboard.
  • Round piping tip - I used the round piping tip to cut out tiny white polka dots for the yellow surfboard The smallest round shape I had in my plunger cutter set was not small enough for the yellow surfboard, hence I used a round piping tip.
  • Needle tool - I used this for my orange surfboard, to assist with the turquoise lines on it.
  • Toothpicks - these were used for the blue and red surfboards to hold them upright on the cake. 
  • Fondant glue - each toothpick was dipped into fondant glue before being attached to the surfboards. This is to make sure the toothpicks remain glued to the surfboards.
  • Shortening - This was the glue for putting together all the deco on each surfboard.
  • Styrofoam dummy - I used 2 round dummies, one was 6 inches and the other 9 inches. These were used to assist the orange and turquoise surfboards to set to a curved shape. If you don't have these, any other round container will work fine.

And this was how I assembled the 4 different types of surfboards:

  • I will start with the red one. 
  • Firstly off course was cutting out the surfboard itself. With my paper template and pizza cutter, I cut out the shape of a surfboard. 

  • And then I attached 2 toothpicks at the bottom.

  • Next was decorating the surfboard. For this, I used my extruder tool and piped out a long thin roll of fondant. With my fingers, I rolled one end of the roll to make it pointed. 

  • And then I formed a scroll as shown below. I attached the scroll to the surfboard with shortening.

  • And then I formed another scroll and attached it as shown below:

  • Next was the flower cut outs. For this, I used my small flower plunger cutter and attached the cut outs to the surfboard with shortening.

  • And this was how the completed surfboard looked like. I left it on a flat surface overnight for it to set completely.

  • Next was the blue surfboard. Since I was going to use it as a cake topper as well, I rolled my blue fondant, cut it out according to my paper template and attached two toothpicks to it, just as I did for my red surfboard above.

  • For the deco, I used yellow fondant. This surfboard topper was to hold the birthday girl's age and therefore, I designed it such that I could put the number on it. I started with a yellow horizontal fondant cutout. My pizza cutter had 2 different blade shapes and I used the waved one to cut this horizontal piece. 

  • I attached it to the surfboard with shortening and trimmed off the excess at the sides.

  • Next was the number '18' and star cut outs. 

  • The number went above the horizontal line while the stars were randomly attached below the line. Since this surfboard was to be attached as a 3D topper on my cake, I left it to set completely in a flat lying position.

  • The next two surfboards were meant to be attached to the sides of my cake, hence  they did not require any toothpicks as support. Again, similar to the above 2 designs, I cut them out using my paper template. 

  • The deco for the yellow board is pretty straightforward. I started with a ribbed vertical line in the center which was cut out using my pizza cutter. And the polka dots were cut using my medium sized round piping tip. I attached all these to the board with shortening. 

  • And since this surfboard was to be attached to the side of my cake, i.e. curved surface, I let it set on the sides of a Styrofoam dummy while waiting to be put on the cake.

  • And finally for the orange board. For this one, I wanted to create slanting turquoise lines on it. To do this, I cut out a piece of turquoise fondant using my paper template. I attached it onto the orange one.

  • Next, using my pizza cutter and a clean ruler, I cut horizontal lines as shown below:

  • The intention here is to only cut the turquoise piece, so I had to be careful not to exert too much pressure when cutting so that the orange piece underneath does not get cut through. Once the lines were cut, I used my needle tool to carefully remove unwanted turquoise fondant as shown below:

  • And similar to my yellow surfboard, this orange one was also left to set on the sides of a Styrofoam dummy until ready to be used on the cake.

And that was how I made my fondant surfboard and surfboard toppers. Click here or the image below to see how I decorated the rest of my beach themed birthday cake:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any comments or queries, please leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Decorating :)

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