My whole family seems to think that I actually enjoy baking. I don’t. The only part about baking that I enjoy is the decorating and the eating of the cake! Fondant reminds me of playing with play-doe. It’s fun to shape and mold into different flowers and things. I only use food coloring gel NOT liquid. It works so much better and is less messy. You will still need to wear gloves or you will be attending your party with green or purple hands as the dye is extremely hard to get off. Making your own fondant is much cheaper then buying it already made. If you must buy it, opt for Wilton brand rolled fondant. I use a clean Exacto knife to cut my shapes. Here’s a simple recipe for rolled fondant using marshmallows.
1/4 cup butter 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows 4 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, divided
Place the butter in a shallow bowl, and set aside.
- Place the marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners’ sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.
- Rub your hands thoroughly with butter, and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a working surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar.