i had SO much fun working with fondant for the 1st time a few weeks ago.
it was basically like working with very soft, pliable play doh.
the best part is that you can make your own fondant at home and it actually tastes like something edible.
but you don't have to eat it...just peel it off before consuming the cake if it makes you feel better.
i made these cupcakes and cake for my friends little boy's 4th birthday.
the kids loved it!
i loved making it.
winners all around ;-)
Regular shortening, for greasing bowls
16 oz bag plain marshmallows
2 Tbsp water
2 tsp flavoring/extract (I used almond)
2 lb confectioner’s sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
Grease a microwave safe bowl, a spoon, the dough hook, and the bowl of your stand mixer with shortening.
Place the marshmallows and water in the greased microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds. Mix well with the greased spoon.
If all the marshmallows have not completely melted, microwave for 30 seconds more.
Stir in flavoring/extract.
In a small bowl reserve 1 cup of the confectioner’s sugar. Place the rest of the sugar and the salt in the stand mixer bowl. Make a well in the center.
Pour marshmallow mix into the well and turn the mixer on to the lowest setting.
After about 3-4 minutes or when the mixer sounds like it is straining a little, increase the mixer speed up one setting. Turn off the mixer once almost all of the sugar has been incorporated.
If the fondant is sticky, add the reserved confectioner’s sugar 1/4 cup at a time.
Turn fondant out onto a cutting board dusted with powdered sugar. Rub a bit of shortening on the outside of the fondant ball. Work the fondant until all of the powdered sugar has been absorbed, adding a dime sized pinch of shortening as needed to get it to a smooth consistency.
Wrap the fondant in plastic wrap and place in a Ziploc bag. Allow the fondant to rest for at least 2-3 hours. Keep unused portions in a Ziploc when not using.
If the fondant becomes too stiff to work with, either add a pinch of shortening and work it in or microwave for 20 seconds at a time until pliable.
To add color: Only use food coloring gels. Place some shortening on your hands before handling the food gels. Add food coloring to fondant and knead together until there are no streaks. The shortening should help keep your hands from staining.
Roll out on a greased mat/fondant circle to the desired thickness.
Use cookie cutter for shapes or make free hand designs with a knife.
You can also form the fondant into figurines. You will need to knead in 1 tsp. of gum-tex karaya to every 12 oz. of fondant.
Use royal icing to glue the pieces of your figurine together. Allow 2 days to harden.
adapted from: confections of a foodie bride
the birthday boy!!
happy customer ;-)