I am not a pastry chef, nor do I own a bake shop. However, I can show you How to Make Marshmallow Fondant. This easy recipe tastes better than most fondants and will definitely impress your friends.
Why Make Fondant?
- It looks cool. Come on, you know that’s the main reason.
- Homemade fondant tastes better than store-bought fondant.
- It saves tons of money. My local baking supply store sells fondant for $8 a pound. This recipe make 3 lbs. for less than $5.
- It’s SO much easier than you ever thought it could be.
- You KNOW you’ve always wanted to make a cake like the ones you see on Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss. Admit it!
For years I was terrified of fondant. I’d look at cakes online, in magazines, or on TV and always secretly wish I could create such masterpieces.
Then I heard a rumor from a chef that you could make fondant out of marshmallows and powdered sugar. WHAT?!? Marshmallows were the only thing standing between me and my dream? …Pretty much.
Now that I’ve conquered fondant, I feel invincible. I’ll attack any “hard-to-make” dish with blind confidence. Turducken, Beef Wellington, Mile-High Souffles, let me at ’em!
How to Make Marshmallow Fondant
The most important thing to remember is grease, grease, grease. Marshmallow fondant is very sticky until it’s finished. Grease everything it is going to touch–including YOU.
Melt the marshmallows with a little water in a GREASED microwave-safe bowl. Mix the powdered sugar and marshmallow in a GREASED electric mixer, until the mixer sounds exhausted.
Then GREASE the counter and yourself, and knead until smooth.
Believe it or not, that’s it.
Fondant is best used to create a smooth layer over cakes, for FLAT decorations, and for squatty shapes that aren’t top heavy. If you want to make standing bows or larger flowers you’ll need to use gumpaste, because it drys harder.
No fancy tools here. I bought a $1 pack of plastic pallet knives to help form the mushrooms and gnomes. You can also paint fondant with food coloring for a “water-colory” look.
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