fondant recipe

Jun 23, 2010

Recently we’ve been getting quite a few requests for this, so here it is!

This is just the way I do it. I’m sure others might have different tricks or tips, but I’ve found this works for me and I hope it will work for you too!

250g marshmallows

3 cups  icing sugar

1 Tbsp water

1 tsp clear vanilla extract

Coat the bottom and sides of a big glass bowl with shortening or butter flavoured cooking spray.  Put the marshmallows in the bowl, drizzle with water and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Stir until smooth.  This is usually when I add the vanilla extract but you can add it earlier too. (and Lisa adds butter flavour too.)

Slowly begin to add the icing sugar and stir.  Fresh icing sugar is the best for this because it’s usually nice and fluffy and free of lumps.  If you’ve got lumps then sift them out before you begin to mix it in.  Mix in as much of the icing sugar with a wooden spoon or spatula as you can and then begin to kneed it in with your hands. (coating your hands with shortening will help it stick a little less!)  Keep kneading it and adding more icing sugar  in until the fondant is smooth, no longer “dusty” and no longer sticky.  (sometimes you will use a little less or a little more icing sugar.  The goal is always to make it so that it’s pretty solid and is not at all sticky when you roll it out.)

Then I coat the counter with shortening and knead it some more until it’s a plump little ball (adding more icing sugar if needed). …incidentally, my camera was covered in shortening at this point too, which my photographer friends might not be so impressed with.  Next time one of you needs to come over and do the photographing for me!!

If you want to colour the fondant you can do it at this stage. Using a tooth pick and gel colour you just stick your colour in all over the place and knead some more!  (my wrists and hands are usually tired!!)

Next step: roll! (notice my humungous tub of crisco!)

and then, TA DA!

4 Comments

LiseJune 28, 2010 8:42 pm

wow, you’re good!

Kristie WillmsJune 29, 2010 3:12 pm

Hey Steph, thanks so much for putting this on… I was starting to give up hope on making my own.. I followed your instructions and made a pretty decent batch… Thought it was pretty soft… and so it stuck alot… I use cornstarch on the counter… any suggestions on making it a bit les “runny” or soft?

Stephanie June 29 2010 16:59 pm

hmmm... try less water, more icing sugar. Sometimes the weather has an effect on how it turns out. You can also try sticking it in the fridge for a little bit to stiffen it up.

RachelJuly 19, 2010 1:33 am

I think I’m going to need a lesson on getting the bottom edge super smooth. You are very good at that.

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