Thursday, August 16

MAKE IT: Fondant

Love the look of those fancy cakes in bakeries? The ones with the smooth finish and perfect detailed decorations? Well here is their secret, fondant! Fondant is a thin layer of solid marshmallow which can be rolled smooth and decorated.

Fondant can be found in the store these days but, it's a little pricy averaging $6 per pound. Here is a quick and inexpensive way to make your own!

Yields 1 pound fondant

You will need:

3 cups miniature marshmallows
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp butter, diced into tiny pieces
1 1/2 tsp milk

*optional 1/2 ounce white baking chocolate chips
*optional 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
*optional paste food coloring

Let us begin:

In a microwavable bowl combine marshmallows, butter, milk, and optional vanilla and chocolate.

Microwave on high for 1 minute. The marshmallows should appear slightly melted and puffy. If not return to microwave for 10 sec increments until they appear slightly melty and puffy.

Stir contents of bowl to a smooth texture.

Add in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and stir. It will appear as if it does not want to mix in, just keep working at it for a few moments and it will form a ball around spoon.

Sprinkle a board with 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

Turn out mixture onto surface and begin to knead.

Kneading until no longer sticky and smooth.
-you may need to add more sugar to the board, use the reserved 1/2 for this trying not to add more than a total of 2 1/2 cups.

Once it feels good. It is ready for use or you Can store in sealed plastic wrap in refrigerator, bringing to room temperature to use.

You can always color it by placing a very small amount of coloring on the fondant and kneading until uniform in color. Enjoy!