Fondant Sea Shell Tutorial

Our Let’s Party issue features an incredible sculpted turtle cake tutorial by award-winning artist, Beth Townsend. Beth shares a cute little pictorial for creating her realistic sea-shells and some decorative accents for the cake. A perfect adornment for any summer beach-themed cake! Don’t forget, you can get the full turtle cake tutorial in our March/April issue, out now!

Sea Shell Tutorial

By Beth Townsend


Satin Ice fondant: blue, white, yellow, brown

Clean (unused) child’s spade

tylose powder

Shell mold

Cocktail sticks

sharp knife

pearl dust

Roll our some blue satin ice fondant strengthened with tylose to approximately 1/4″ thickness. Place the child’s spade over the top and using a sharp knife, cut around the shape.

Flip the spade over and place the cut-out on top, gently press the fondant into the spade and allow to dry fully (48 hours).

To make the flags, roll out some yellow Satin Ice fondant and cut into a rectangle shape. Place a cocktail stick in the center and fold over the fondant pressing gently to adhere the sides. Trim the corners from the rectangle to create a flag shape. Allow to dry.

To make the shells:  Roll out several snakes of brown and white gumpaste, mix a touch of the brown with some white to make a taupe shade. Twist the ropes together to marble the fondant but take care not to over-mix. The fondant colors should all be clearly visible. Pinch off small pieces and place into a shell mold.

Turn out the shells and allow to dry fully before using. You can dust the shells with a little pearl dust to give them a sheen.

Beth Townsend