Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Marshmallow Fondant

Happy Wednesday!

This fondant is very easy to work with and in my opinion, tastes much better than traditional fondant.  It IS quite sweet though.  If you see that the fondant is cracking at all, just add a bit more Crisco while kneading until you have your desired consistency.

  • 16 ounces mini marshmallows (I used pink ones)
  • 2 -5 tablespoons water
  • 2 lbs icing sugar (please use C&H Cane Powdered Sugar for the best results)
  • 1/2 cup Crisco Shortening (you will be digging into it so place in a very easily accessed bowl)

Melt marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave: Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, open microwave and stir, back in microwave for 30 seconds more, open microwave and stir again, and continue doing this until melted.  It usually takes about 2 ½ minutes total.  (If using food color, add now).

Place 3/4 of the powdered sugar on the top of the melted marshmallow mix.

Now grease your hands GENEROUSLY - palms, backs and in between fingers, then heavily grease the counter you will be using and dump the bowl of marshmallow/sugar mixture in the middle.  Start kneading like you would bread dough. You will immediately see why you have greased your hands.

Keep kneading, this stuff is sticky at this stage! Add the rest of the powdered sugar and knead some more.

Re-grease your hands and counter when the fondant is sticking. If the mix is tearing easily, it is to dry, so add water (about ½ tablespoon at a time then knead it in). It usually takes me about 8 minutes to get a firm smooth elastic ball so that it will stretch without tearing when you apply it to the cake.

Its best if you can let it sit, double wrapped, overnight (but you can use it right away if there are no tiny bits of dry powdered sugar). If you do see them, you will need to knead and maybe add a few more drops of water.

Prepare the fondant for storing by coating it with a good layer of Crisco shortening, wrap in a plastic- type wrap product and then put it in a re-sealable or Ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.

Marshmallow Fondant will hold very well in the refrigerator for weeks. If I know that I have a cake to decorate, I usually make 2 batches on a free night during the week so it is ready when I need it. Take advantage of the fact that this fondant can be prepared well in advance.

TIP: To make the final product shiny, use a clothing steamer or iron with water in it and lightly mist the cake with the steam.

TIP: Use a buttercream as "glue" to attach the fondant to cake and make sure you use a recipe for a dense cake.

Make It Delish!
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