I have finally ventured into the scary world of fondant. Not just any fondant but marshmallow fondant. You know, fondant that’s suppose to actually taste good not just look pretty.
I checked out several recipes an they were all pretty much the same – 1 package mini marshmallows, 2 tables spoons water, microwave 30seconds, stir, microwave 30 seconds, stir. Repeat until melted. Dump in 3/4 bag of confectioners sugar (10x, powdered, whatever you call it). Take bowl and dump onto WELL GREASED SURFACE. GREASE HANDS WELL. I repeat, GREASE ALL SURFACES THE FONDANT WILL COME IN CONTACT WITH WELL. Also keep the rest of the powdered sugar close by.
Now start mixing the gooey mess with your hands. Don’t worry. It definitely will turn into fondant. Uh-huh. Keep going. Mix, mix, mix!! Oh, that crumbled mess? Oops. Ya did something wrong. Going to have to start over, or not……keep mixing. MIX, MIX, MIX. When you think you can no longer mix or your hands just might fall off, you have it. You have this glorious wonderful ball of fondant. At this point is when you will slowly add more powdered sugar until it is a nice smooth ball that doesn’t stick to your hands the whole time.
Once I started rolling the fondant out I kept lifting it and sprinkling more powdered sugar under it. It gets sticky and just when you have it the perfect thickness, the perfect shape, the perfect size, and you go to lift that glorious piece of pink or whatever color you added back at the beginning fondant, it tears. It TEARS TWO TIMES. Thankfully it is fairly forgiving. If it got a little dry I moistened my hands with water and kneaded it in.
I may have even microwaved it a few seconds but that is like, last resort just so you know.
Finally I decided to use aluminum foil since I was out of parchment paper. Maybe fondant will stick less to aluminum. I still had to add lots of sugar but it definitely helped. Once I flipped it onto the cake I pulled the aluminum foil away slowly. A few places stuck but I slowly peeled and tore the foil until it was all off.
Will I ever make it again? Sure. My adventures in fondant have just begun.