How to Make Homemade Fondant for Decorating Cakes
Easy recipe to make homemade fondant using three ingredients. Marshmallows, Shortening and Powdered sugar.
About a year ago, I decided to break out my cake decorating skills and do something new. I had always wanted to try decorating a cake with fondant. I had seen a show on TV where this team of people were making insanely cool looking cakes using the rollable frosting and decided I wanted to play with it myself.
I found a small package of premade fondant at the craft store and used that to make my first cake. While it looked pretty and was fun to use, I wasnt impressed with the aftertaste of the fondant itself as it reminded me of something that I had accidently inhaled while visiting a perfume counter at the nearest Macy’s. So, I embarked to find a recipe to make my own, that tastes good and is easy.
The recipe calls for 3 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to make a nice big batch of rollable white fondant. You can color it with food coloring gel and decorate with it the same way you would the storebought variety. The only down side is, its a bit stickier unless you get just the right amount of ingredients mixed in.
Start with a large microwave safe bowl. My favorite one to use is a big one from Tupperware called a Thatsabowl. Generously grease the bowl with shortening like Crisco, then add a small bag of miniature marshmallows. Put the marshmallows in the microwave, uncovered, for 30 second intervals until they are all completely melted. It helps to grease the spoon you are stiring with also to keep them from sticking. Once they are completely melted, let them cool for about a minute, then slowly add 2lbs of sifted powdered sugar and kneed with your hands until it reaches a dough type consistency. Let it cool, wrapped in plastic or in a airtight bowl until you are ready to use it.
When your ready to use, dust your hands with powdered sugar, also sprinkling a little on your rolling surface and kneed it to a soft, rollable stage. You can add coloring at this time, but may need to add a bit more powdered sugar to keep it from getting too sticky. Just kneed the color into the dough until it is thouroughly blended.