FONDANT is a french word which means melting. There are two kinds of FONDANT. First type of fondant is a POURED FONDANT. It is a creamy confection used as filling or coating for cakes, pastries and other sweets like candies. I haven’t tried tis type of fondant. But I am very well-versed with the second type of fondant which is the ROLLED FONDANT or FONDANT ICING. This kind of fondant is generally used to decorate wedding cakes. It has a gelatin and glycerine to make the sugar pliable and like a dough texture. The best and easiest way to make fondant icing is by using powdered sugar and melted marshmallows.
I never had a formal training in baking nor in cake decorating. But with faith and diligence, I tried tons of times to have a perfect consistency of the fondant I use to cover my cakes. I love to stare the beauty and elegance of fondant cakes. Fondant cakes make me feel the guilt destroying the perfectly designed cake once I wedge the knife into the cake. Anyway, I am sharing my basic recipe on how to make fondant icing. But I tell you, it will take you about 4-6 times to make this perfect and the fondant’s approach would vary with the microwave oven, weather, humidity, pressure and quantity. So never give up if you did not get this the first time.
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16 ounces marshmallows
2 lb confectioner sugar
2-4 tbsp. water
1/2 cup shortening
Put all your marshmallows into the large bowl. Add water. Microwave for 30 seconds.
Take the bowl out of the microwave and stir. Put it back again in the microwave oven for 30 minutes. Add flavoring and stir.
Pour about 1 pound of powdered sugar on the melted marshmallow. Mix well.
Cover a clean working surface with shortening. Place the mixture on the surface and add the remaining powdered sugar.
Knead the mixture, just like how you makea pizza or bread dough.
Just add powdered sugar if it is a little too moist.
Once you get the perfect consistency of the fondant icing, you can now add some color on your fondant, roll it and place on the top of your cake.
When you have already covered your cake with fondant, next thing to do is to design your fondant cake with flowers and other fondant cut out using fondant cutters.