Thursday, June 10, 2010

Homemade Fondant

As promised, here is my little tutorial on homemade fondant!

Here is what you need to start with:

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows

  • 3 tablespoons of water

  • 2 lbs of powdered sugar

  • oil for oiling things up

The first thing you need to do is grease a large glass bowl with oil. Don't overdo it, just enough to lightly grease the inside.

Add the marshmallows and water into the bowl. Microwave on high at 20 second intervals, stirring after each one until marshmallows are all melted.

Pour all  of the powdered sugar into the bowl (reserve 1/4 cup for later). Mix together until you get something that looks like this:

Now that you have this little ball of fun, take some of the reserved powdered sugar and sugar up your workspace. Knead and knead and knead until it becomes a VERY smooth and pliable ball (it took me and Kayla about 15-20 minutes).

Once you get the ball all kneaded and smooth,

like I said, it takes a while. . . .kneading, kneading, kneading. . . . . .

You can divide it into how many colors you want. We were doing two--purple and white. So here is the low down on how to color this fondant:

You have to use CAKE DECORATING GEL (not food coloring). If you do not use the right thing, it will not turn out. Put some of the gel on a toothpick and insert the colors into the fondant. Now the fun part happens. You get to knead AGAIN--but this time you are working the colors into the fondant. It takes a little patience for this part.

Notice the gloves? If you want to keep your hands from getting the gel stained on them, use gloves!

After you get done coloring the fondant, grease it up and then wrap it in plastic wrap and set it on the counter overnight.

The next day, you get to roll the fondant out. At first touch it will feel really rock hard. Remove the fondant from the wrap. Put down a piece of wax paper as big as you are going to roll your fondant. Get your rolling pin and start rolling (apply pressure).

You will have to roll and roll and roll and roll until you get it to about an 1/8" thick. You should not have any problem with it sticking, but if you do, simply oil the surface and then roll it out.

When you are done rolling it out, you are now ready to put it on your cake. Before you do though, you need to put a very thin layer of icing on your cake so that the fondant will stick to it.

Now, very gently apply your fondant to the cake. It should be lain over as gently as possible (this is where the wax paper comes in handy).

Cut away any excess and start shaping around your cake. Use oil and your fingers and palms to smooth away any wrinkles that might appear.

Once you get done cutting away the excess and getting the icing even with the cake, it should look something like this:

Now you can have fun decorating it all up for who ever.

Didn't she do a great job? The majority of the work was completed by Kayla!

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