Hand painted fondant face

Be careful I wouldn’t want you to turn to stone!

Witches, bats, ghosts, and skulls seem to be the theme everywhere, especially on cookies, cakes, and cupcakes during the month of October (due to Halloween). Although they are scary and fun to recreate into a treat, I wanted to design a terrifying symbol I have not seen brought to life for a cake nor cookie decorating. I knew I was on the right track when my husband shivered at the idea. He does have ophiophobia (a fear of snakes), like a few dozen other people.   Oh did I forget to tell you a Medusa sugar cookie was my brain storm? Now I needed to establish a plan: How to bring Medusa to life. I decided placing her on a fondant covered sugar cookies would be perfect, everyone could have their own treat. Next painting the face on a fondant sugar cookie satisfied my new decorating obsession and brought a realistic look to the cookie. The hair and snakes are a 50/50 mixture, fondant and sugar paste (gumpaste).

Medusa is known in Greek mythology, as the  most famous of the three monstrous Gorgon sisters. She was once a beautiful woman, but she offended Athena the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill, who changed her hair into snakes so hideously scary that all who looked at her were turned to stone.

So without further ado I give you my version of Medusa:

Hand painted fondant face tutorial video

Medusa the ultimate conundrum, hideously scary with an angelic face!

Medusa Sugar Cookie Materials:

Hand painted fondant face

Greek mythology describes Medusa with a lovely face, a serpent’s body, and hair of snakes!

  • 1-recipe for vanilla bean sugar cookie
  • Fondant, fondarific
  • Gumpaste
  • Food paste:
  • Claret, sugarflair or wilton burgundy
  • Black, wilton
  • Violet, wilton
  • Kopykake black marker
  • White, chef rubber
  • Brown, sugar flair or wilton
  • Dove grey, petal dust,CK
  • Crisco
  • Corn starch
  • Everclear or lemon extract
  • Cooled boiled water


I noticed Medusa’s chin was almost pointed, like a witch, a large candy corn cutter was perfect for the shape of a sugar cookie Medusa face. Cover the cooled cookies with fondant and allow the covered cookies to rest over night.

While painting my Medusa sugar cookies I began designing a method to paint her on a cake; if you like to see that tutorial please let me know.

I hope you have a frightful Halloween filled with yummy Medusa Sugar Cookies!

Hand painted fondant face

The food paste is tasteless


Hand painted fondant face


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