Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Fondant Experiment

Little man's birthday party is coming up in less than a month already. We are having it early since the twins will be here around his actual birthday. Since I am going to be making his birthday cake, I decided to try something new and use fondant this time. I've never worked with it before, so today I'm making a trial cake to see how it turns out.

I found the recipe over at snappee turtle. I only made half a batch of each color and that was plenty to cover the 9 inch double layer cake I made with some left over.

One thing to remember is that the fondant has to sit overnight in the fridge so make sure to mix it up the day before you want to decorate your cake.

Marshmallow Fondant Recipe

To make one batch of fondant you will need:
  • 16 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
  • 2-5 Tablespoons of water
  • 2 pound bag of confectioner's powdered sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Crisco shortening (this is used to grease the counter and your hands to smooth the fondant)

1. Pour all the mini marshmallows into a large glass bowl. I only used about half the bag since I was only making half a batch. Add 2-5 Tablespoons of water. (I put 2 Tablespoons). Microwave in 30 second increments for about 2 minutes or until the marshmallow is creamy with no lumps.

2. Add food coloring to the marshmallow and wait for it to cool off.

3. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time to the marshmallow, kneading it with your hands. Make sure to use shortening on your hands quite often, it is very sticky.

4. Wrap the fondant in plastic wrap and place in zip lock bags. Refrigerate until you are ready to use. It should be allowed to settle overnight.

Make your cake as normal and frost it with regular frosting. This makes the fondant stick to the cake better. Take your fondant out of the refrigerator and get ready to roll it out. You can get a fondant rolling mat with circle measurements on it to show you how big it should be to cover your cake, but I just rolled it out on wax paper.

I had a 9 inch cake and I made sure the circle I rolled out was at least 12 inches across. It ended up a little bigger than that and as you can see I had plenty to cover the cake. Carefully peel the fondant and place over the cake. This was tricky for me, it kept wanting to stretch too much. Use a pizza cutter to cut the excess fondant off the edges.

 I rolled out the second color and used cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I think it turned out fairly well and I learned a few tips for next time when I make the actual birthday cake. Now we have a yummy strawberry cake to eat this week!

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  1. Good job!! I would love to try it sometime!

  2. That looks really great! I'll have to try it out sometime!

  3. Looks really good! I tried the marshmallow fondant with a lego man cake last year and it worked great but what a pain to do.

    This year for Yoda I used a rolled buttercream fondant that is not become my go to fondant it was so easy to make use and tasty (from what I hear ... lol didn't take a bite).

    1. Pressed publish to quick :). Stopping by from Give Me Goods.

    2. I'll have to look into the rolled buttercream fondant sometime, sounds like it might be easier to use :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Looks great and yummy! Thanks so much for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  5. Lovely work, Stephanie! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about cakes? This is the link . There are over 40 great links there already. I do hope to see you there. Cheers

    1. I will be sure to check it out :) Hope you have a great weekend!

    2. Stephanie, thanks for linking in. I have signed up to follow you and hope you will follow Carole's Chatter too. Cheers



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