DIY Fondant

If you want to try fondant decorating, but have been reluctant because of the price of pre-made fondant, here is a very affordable Marshmallow Fondant recipe. It even tastes great.

10 ounces Marshmallows
1 tablespoon Water
3 tablespoons Shortening or more, you will not use all of this in the recipe. Some of it will be used to grease up your hands for kneading the dough.
5 cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbs Light Corn Syrup
Food Coloring as needed (optional)

Tylose Powder – 1 tsp mixed in with powdered sugar
is optional, and necessary for some projects.  You can also add a little more to make it more workable, but don’t add too much or your dough will be too dry.

Step 1
Grease a microwave safe bowl with 1-2 TBS of shortening. Put all the marshmallows, corn syrup, and water in the bowl. Microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Repeat as needed in 20 second intervals until it is smooth.**Be aware that too much heat can cause the fondant not to turn out right.  I like to use a glass bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, and let the heat of the bowl melt the last bits.  If you get fondant that is not stretchy & looks spongy, it’s likely that it got too much heat.

Step 2
Stir melted MM and mix in any food coloring if you desire. If you don’t need this much of one color, just leave it white and add the color later.***Note about Red or Black Fondant:  If you want deep red, make the fondant a few days ahead of time.  This will give the color more time to develop and you will get a richer color than if you make it & use it right away.

Step 3
Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until the fondant reaches the right consistency. (Not too stiff, not too sticky) You can start out mixing this with a spoon or rubber spatula, but you will want to use more shortening to grease up your hands and finish it up with your own hands. You can feel the texture better than way. If you add too much powdered sugar, add just a little bit of light corn syrup to make it smooth back out.

To store this, keep airtight until you need it. If you added tylose, wait about 5 hours or overnight for it to set up better.  No refrigeration needed.

Fondant will keep in the fridge for over a month, and in the freezer for several months.

I use this recipe for my cakes. If you want to use this fondant with the Cricut Cake I highly recommend mixing it at least half-and-half with Wilton Ready To Use Gum Paste.  The cake below has  blue MMF on the cake surface, and MMF mixed with gumpaste to do the red and yellow cut-outs on the Cricut Cake machine.   



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