Fondant pearls are easy, you just roll up little bits of fondant into balls, right? Sort of, but you have to make sure that they're all a uniform size unless you're going for the random look.
The way that I make fondant pearls is to use a strip mold for fondant to measure out the individually-sized pearls. That way each one is uniform, and I can use the different sizes of molds to make specifically-sized pearls. These are 8mm pearls .
After they're rolled, I put them into a cake pan that has a piece of upholstery foam in it. The pearls dry without flattening out too much unless they're really large. I've seen other methods of drying them where people use a container with corn starch in it so that the pearls don't dry against a firm surface, but in my opinion that adds too much dry dust to them.
When they're dried, which usually takes one or two days at the most depending on how firm the fondant is and how dry the air is, you can toss them with some pearl luster dust. Here are 100 pearls, they don't take up very much room, do they?
To get the full chart, including 6mm and 10mm pearl sizes, go to my Craftsy shop and download it for free. Click here for the chart: Pearl chart (affiliate link)
Tier size 8mm pearls needed
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, online cake supplies at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com