Least Sexy Post of the Year – Easy Fondant

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Easy and Delicious Fondant

Easy and Delicious Fondant

Yep, I know…this is not my usual yummy looking piece of food in the picture above.  But trust me, it is a delicious part of treats to come.

This white phallic looking blob is actually fondant.  While you may not know what fondant it is, you’ve seen it.  If you have seen any of those big fancy cakes, like the one’s on Ace of Cakes, that have a super smooth frosting.  That smooth covering isn’t really a frosting like you would normally think of, it’s a sheet of sugar and other things that is rolled out and then rolled over the cake.  And if you’ve ever tried to eat it, it usually doesn’t taste very good.  Most people peel it off and throw it on the side of their plate to get to the good stuff underneath it.

I have begrudgingly lovingly been asked to repeat my Christmas candy gifts again this year.  Last year, on a whim, I decided to make a bunch of Christmas candy to give to our neighbors, some friends, and Craig’s co-workers.  I made trays of truffles, peppermint bark, caramel and chocolate covered pretzels, buckeyes, and peanut butter snowmen.  My house looked and smelled like Willy Wonka’s factory.

This year I’ve cut back on the number of types of candies, but the one that remains (due to overwhelming demand) are the peanut butter snowmen.  Hence, the fondant.  I thought that last year’s model was cute, but was lacking something.  So I decided to make scarves and hats for the little guys. (I’ll post them up as soon as they’re finished.)

I could buy the fondant for $8 a pound or I could make it.  So I searched high and low looking for a recipe that was easy (that’s not a word that is usually associated with fondant) and not only edible but delicious.  Since I didn’t want people to have to stop and disrobe their snowman before shoveling him into their watering mouths.  I found a recipe by Peggy Weaver and tweaked it just a bit.

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Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Mini Marshmallows
  • 2-5 Tablespoons of Water
  • 2 Pounds Powdered Sugar
  • Vegetable Shortening (Crisco or a non-hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening – but it must be solid)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions

Put marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water into a glass bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Remove bowl from microwave and stir.  Repeat this until all of the marshmallows are melted.  Only put it in for 30 seconds at a time.  Be careful – this mixture can get extremely hot during the melting process.

Once everything is melted, add 3/4 of the powdered sugar to the bowl and gently stir to lightly combine.

Using the shortening, liberally grease your hands (between your fingers, the palms and the backs of your hands – trust me on this).  Also, liberally grease your counter and pour the contents of the bowl out onto your greased work surface.

Start kneading the mixture like bread dough.  Add the remaining sugar.  Keep kneading until you get a firm smooth ball that is elastic and does not tear.  If you find that the fondant is tearing while you are kneading it, it is too dry, add 1/2 tablespoon of water and keep kneading.  If the mixture is sticking, re-apply the shortening to your hands.

You can use the fondant immediately, if you find that there are no spots of sugar in the mixture.  If there are clumps of sugar still apparent, keep kneading until they are no longer visible.  Then you can add your color (re-knead after adding color), roll it out and use it.

This will keep in your refrigerator for a week or two.  To store the fondant, cover it with shortening and then double wrap it in plastic wrap.  Place wrapped fondant into a re-sealable plastic bag with the air squeezed out of it.

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20 comments

Michelle Alexander December 9, 2013 at 4:47 am

I just finished the fondant. Omg. That might be tastiest thing in my kitchen right now! Thanks for the recipe

Pamela December 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

You’re very welcome Michelle. Just don’t eat it all before you use it to decorate your goodies. :)

Dan February 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

Phallic? Gosh, I thought it looked rather more, er, gyney, to coin a word.
I tried your fondant and it worked wonderfully. I make an easier fondant for making candy centers. I just mix some corn starch with confectioners sugar moistened with a bit of milk or cream. I mix it with peanut butter and dip in chocalate or I use it to wrap around marachino cherries for dipping. It liquifies nicely in a day or two for awesom cordial cherries.

Pamela February 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

Making up words around here is highly encouraged and I totally get it. ;) I use that same mixture for candy centers…it does work really well. You should check out my maraschino cherry recipe for some really good chocolate covered cherries. http://bit.ly/maraschinocherries

AmyLou December 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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Pamela December 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Sorry for the problem you encountered AmyLou. It has been fixed and no longer records info.

Ram December 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm

This is great! I’ve been wanting to make my own fondant. What did you use to make it stick on the snowman?

Pamela December 24, 2009 at 9:41 am

Because the fondant is made with marshmallows it has a bit of stickiness to it. I didn’t have to use anything to make it adhere to the snowmen.

Alta December 17, 2009 at 11:43 am

Wow, I’m impressed. I’ve never made fondant before!

Jessie December 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I never used fondant before on cakes then again I cannot decorate cakes for the life of me! lol this is a great recipe to have on for future references

Catalina December 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

Ahhhh this looks like such a perfect easy recipe!
I wish I’d had it 2 days ago, before I bought some fondant.
I’m making some mini fondant veggies for my gingerbread house.
P.S. How do you say fondant?

Pamela December 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm

It is really easy – I couldn’t believe it…I kept waiting for something to go wrong or blow up on me, but it didn’t. I think it’s pronounced fon (on with an f in front of it) dant (with a soft a) When all else fails, you can always call it rolled frosting ;)

Vegetable Matter December 16, 2009 at 7:49 am

I’m impressed — making your own fondant! Peanut butter snowmen sound intriguing — can’t wait to see them!

pegasuslegend December 16, 2009 at 3:02 am

amazing assortments or candy you made…they all sound delicous. I tried this once years ago when I was into cake decorating.. this is an easy recipe you have given us thanks …wish I could have some~

The Klutzy Cook December 15, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I used this style of fondant for the first time last weekend (to make a Lightning McQueen birthday cake!). It was store bought but I would always prefer to make this sort of thing myself – this recipe will be very handy. Thanks.

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