A couple of years ago, I had no idea what fondant tasted like. But I was very interested to work with it after watching several Food Network Challenge episodes. The first and only fondant I used was Wilton's store-bought fondant which we were asked to use at a class. Fondant is like play dough - pliable but edible. Fondant makes a cake look neat and lovely. Here's a picture of a cake I decorated with store-bought fondant (the bow is gum-paste) -
Now months later, I decided to try my hand at making fondant at home. I browsed the internet and found that marshmallow fondant was easy to make. All you need are the following ingredients-
8oz (4 cups) mini marshmallows
1 lb (a little more than 4 cups) powdered sugar
2 tbsp water
Yes that's all!! You need some crisco to grease your hands, but I didn't have any. So I thought of dusting my hands with powdered sugar, which I forgot to do. This is a very important step otherwise you will end up with a super duper mess. If that happens, just rub your hands with powdered sugar and you are good to go.
Method : (I referred this)
In a large microwave safe bowl, pour in the mini marshmallows and water. Microwave 1 minute on high. Remove and mix thoroughly, pressing the marshmallows, till you get a smooth paste. [If required, microwave for a few more seconds]. Pour powdered sugar. Mix, mix, mix.
Dust your palms with powdered sugar. Transfer the mixture to a clean cutting board and knead for a few minutes. Add a little more powdered sugar if required. Knead, knead, knead till you get smooth and pliable fondant.
If you'd like to colour your fondant, then dip a tooth pick in the colour, pull it across the required amount of fondant and knead again. You will see the colour in streaks. Knead well. Roll using a fondant roller or chapati roller. Using cookie cutters or fondant cutters, cut into desired shapes.
Cover fondant with a plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. Whenever you want to use it, just microwave for a few seconds, knead well and roll. Cut into desired shapes and adorn these on your cakes or cupcakes!!