Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My first experience with fondant

For my brothers' friends birthday, I made a Mario 1-Up cake with Marshmallow Fondant. It was much easier than I thought it would be! The cake had a chocolate base with chocolate frosting, and I covered that with the fondant.

We also got him an ice cream cake.

Warning, video has naughty language, but it's funny.

The Marshmallow fondant was really easy to make.

I don't remember where I found the recipe, there are numerous ones online.

You basically take mini marshmallows, add a bit of vanilla (how strong depends on how much you like vanilla), splash water in with your fingers, pop it in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 10-15 second incriments until the marshmallows are soft and fluffy looking. You don't want to over do it.

Then you mix them all up. If you're going to add color, now is the time. Gel coloring is the best to use. Mix it in with a tooth pick, then mix the marshmallows up with a buttered spoon.

Toss in a little powdered sugar until it starts to get stiff. Then you're going to need to knead it. I always butter my hands when it comes to this part. You want to keep adding powdered sugar by kneading until the fondant is nice and stiff. If it is TOO stiff, you can add a little butter.

I've heard that this stuff has a shelf life of 3 months, but I don't know about that. Make sure you sprinkle something when you go to roll it out, or it will stick like mad!

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