Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fondant is Kinda Tricky

My kiwi has a birthday coming up soon, really soon. I wanted to get creative for the cake and I thought hmm.... why not try fondant. I followed this marshmallow recipe.

MM (Marshmallow) Fondant Recipe

16 ounces white mini-marshmallows (use a good quality brand)

2 to 5 tablespoons water

2 pounds icing sugar (please use C&H Cane Powdered Sugar for the best results)

½ cup Crisco shortening (you will be digging into it so place in a very easily accessed bowl)

NOTE: Please be careful, this first stage can get hot.

Melt marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave or double boiler: 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. 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. (By the way, this recipe is also good for your hands. When I’m done, they are baby soft.)

Start kneading like you would bread dough. You will immediately see why you have greased your hands. If you have children in the room they will either laugh at you or look at you with a questioning expression. You might even hear a muttered, “What are you doing?”

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.

MM 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.

Thank you Peggy for this great recipe.

Well she wasn't telling a lie when she said grease your hands and your counters well. My counter ugh it took a beating after that mess. I had grease and fondant stuck to it. Boy oh Boy. It was crazy how much it sticks to everything. My husband walks in and immediately says I am not cleaning the kitchen. HAHAHA love him so much. I said I figured that much lol. So he sat there for quite sometime and then something magical happened. The fondant became solid and no longer that goopy marshmallow mix. After that he was all over it. Let me try once. Nice let me deal with the crazy sticky stuff so you can have fun playing. He was such a big help and for our first fondant cake trust me it could have been worse.

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