Friday, June 20, 2008

Fondant recipe

Some people have asked me for this fondant recipe, my mother in law gave it to me, she found it online, so enjoy!

Marshmallow rolled fondant

(makes about 3 1/2 lbs)

¼ cup Crisco vegetable shortening

1 pound (16 oz. bag) white mini marshmallows (Kraft)

1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Wilton butter flavoring

2 Tablespoons water

2 pounds of powdered sugar

Generously grease the inside of a large (4 qt) microwave safe bowl with the vegetable shortening.

In the bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer or a Bosch mixer pour in the powdered sugar.

Put water, flavorings and marshmallows into the Crisco greased bowl. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir well with the wooden spoon to see if the marshmallows are fully melted. If marshmallows are melted you can move on. If not continue to microwave and stir at 30 second intervals until you have a smooth mixture.

Add marshmallows mixture to the powdered sugar. Put cover on the bowl and mix at med. – high speed until mostly incorporated. Pour mixture out onto a powdered sugar or cornstarch dusted counter. Knead fondant for at least 5 minutes adding powdered sugar if it becomes sticky. You want a nice smooth, pliable ball. Immediately wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then put into a re-sealable plastic bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Let rest at least an hour before rolling out for best results. It will keep for up to 2 weeks at room temp. if it is wrapped well. The fondant will harden but can be microwaved again for about 12 seconds to resoften. It has to be kneaded until soft and pliable before you can roll it out or it will have cracks in it.

This fondant tastes good and is easy to work with, The following is a table of amounts of fondant needed for various sizes of cakes 3 ½ -4 inches high:

Cake lbs of fondant

6 inch 1 ½

8 inch 2

9 inch 2

10 inch 3

12 inch 3 ½

14 inch 4

16 inch 5

When you roll out the fondant, the size you need is the measurement of the diameter of the cake + both sides + 2 extra inches. It needs to be about ¼ inch thick. For example if you have a 9 inch round x 4 inch tall cake you would roll out a 19 inch circle, There are many websites that show and or describe how to cover a cake with fondant. You can tint the fondant different colors by using gel food coloring in small amounts at a time until desired color is achieved. You can always add more but can’t make it lighter if you add too much. Liquid food coloring