Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fondant Recipe

I LOVE making fondant for my cakes and for the kids to play with. This recipe is super easy and it tastes great! My boys love it when I make the "play dough they can eat." Don't be scared by using fondant. It is very forgiving and a lot of fun. Let your imagination run wild! Ingredients:

16oz. bag of mini marshmallows
2lbs. powdered sugar
2+ tablespoons water
LOTS of shortening (put in a bowl for easy access)
Corn Starch

Using a large microwave safe bowl, add marshmallows and 2 tbsp. water. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat this process until marshmallows are melted and smooth. Carefully remove from microwave.

Pour approx. 3/4 of the powered sugar on to the top of the melted marshmallows. Stir gently with a spoon. Grease counter top generously with shortening. Pour marshmallow mixture on to greased counter top.

Now, rub shortening all over your hands--tops, between fingers, etc. Start kneading the fondant on the counter top. Add the remaining powdered sugar.

This is the point where it becomes time consuming.... keep kneading the fondant until it is smooth and stretches easily. Add 1/2 tsp. water at a time if the fondant tears too easily. This process can take up to 30 minutes sometimes. It is well worth it in the end--I promise.

When the fondant is nice and stretchy, coat the outside with a nice layer of shortening and cover in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

You can also use the fondant immediately if needed. To color the fondant, use only paste food coloring. Slowly work the colorant into the fondant by kneading on a counter top sprinkled in corn starch.

Have fun with this recipe! My kids love using this as play dough. I usually make two batches with I am making a cake---one for the kids to play with and one to use on the cake. It will keep them busy for hours.

1 comment:

  1. What is paste coloring and where do you find it?