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Friday, June 19, 2009

Fondant

Today I decided to try to make my very own fondant for a Father's Day Cake, the kids will be helping me design and bake. We had to make the fondant a day early, to let it sit overnight-- We did not color it yet because we have not decided how we are going to decorate daddy's cake! Alexis thought it would be great to make the cake into a grill, with hot dogs grilling on the top and all! I was thinking that may be a bit too complicated for my first fondant experience--

The fondant seemed pretty easy--and very sticky. It was made with a bag of marshmallows and a bag of pwd. sugar--and a tiny bit of water. I am hoping it will be a lot like Adult Play-do tomorrow, and that I will somehow become a play-do genius overnight :). We shall see--all I know, is no matter what--Daddy will love it, and I can always blame the child-like artistic ability on the CHILDREN :D.

Marshmallow Fondant

iNGREDiENTS

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, divided

DiRECTiONS

  1. Place the butter in a shallow bowl, and set aside.
  2. Place the marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners' sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.
  3. Rub your hands thoroughly with butter, and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a working surface dusted with confectioners' sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners' sugar.
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