Sunday, August 31, 2014

Marshmallow Fondant

I have been baking and decorating cakes for many years.  In all those years, I have never worked with fondant.  When Mr. K told me what he wanted for his birthday cake this year (a slab cake with a bat signal in one corner and a Superman symbol in the other corner) I decided it was time to give it a try.

I am not overly fond of the taste of fondant, and much prefer butter-cream. I have heard a lot about marshmallow fondant and decided to give it a try.

What you need:

  • bag of marshmallows
  • icing sugar
  • water
  • oil (to grease hands and work surface)
  • microwavable container (although you could do it on the stove instead)
I followed the Wilton Rolled Marshmallow Fondant recipe (although I cut it in half, as I didn't need a whole lot - and I actually ended up using only half of what I made)

Melting the marshmallows is super easy.  I found it tricky once I added the icing sugar (it was so sticky and even with my hands WELL oiled it was sticking all over the place) I was ready to give up JUST as it started to form a I kept going. 

Once it was rolled I placed it in a ziplock bag and in the fridge to set over night.  

The next day I separated it into sections and tinted it the colours I needed (although my red didn't turn out as dark as I would have liked, but I did not want to use too much food colouring).

I made sure to keep my work surface and hands well oiled, and it wasn't too bad to tint and roll out.  I don't have any fondant tools, so cutting out my pieces was a little tricky, but it wasn't horrible.

To tint the fondant:

I rolled it out, used a toothpick to put a few lines of colour in the middle and then rolled it in a ball and kneaded it just like you would with bread dough.  I did this for each of the colours I needed, and it worked very well.

I will likely work with it again if I have a design that would be easier, but I don't think I would use it to cover a whole cake.

What do you prefer - fondant or buttercream?


  1. Well done! I could never do something like this, I'm just not good at it. I don't think I've ever had fondant....but I do enjoy buttercream :)

    1. thank you! I really enjoy it (although sometimes I think it is more trouble than it is worth while I am in the process) but the kids always seem to love the outcomes!

  2. Nice job on the cake, I haven't yet tried fondant when decorating a cake but this looks like it might be a fun twist

  3. Well done! :) The cake pretty cool! I have heard of fondant, but never marshmallow fondant - unless it is ALL made of marshmallow?! hah It sounds easy enough to make as well..thanks for sharing!

  4. We were discussing this very subject this weekend! I think I am a buttercream fan but fondant is really fun to work with.

  5. I am going to have to try this out this winter when I have some free time. I really don't like the taste of regular fondant but this might work out okay! Thanks for sharing it! (Judy Cowan)


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