Monday, July 26, 2010

A Hot Mess

So I have committed myself to numerous crafty adventures for the next few weeks. The first of them was to make a cake for my BFF's Bridal Shower!! Oh, have no fear, it was delicious!! It started with home made fondant!! I, yes I, made fondant from scratch - or something like that:) I do know that I did not purchase the premade out of the box $20 in my opinion not very tasty fondant.

So today I will take you on a trip, a trip where you will learn how to make your very own tasty fondant icing.

You will need to start with two pounds of confectioners sugar, 16 oz of mini marshmallows (the store brand do not work as well), a couple of tablespoons of water, copious amounts of shortening and then a good amount of corn starch.

** The shortening will be used to coat your hands and counters during the mixing process**
**The cornstarch will be used to coat the rolling pin and counters when you are forming the fondant**

The first step is to find a bowl big enough to fit 16 oz of marshmallows, heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, remove and stir between each round of heating, for about 2 minutes and thirty seconds.

Stir and heat, stir and heat.

Stir and heat, and feed marshmallows to the munchkins.

and stir and heat some more...

Once the marshmallows are completely melted, pour ¾ of the powdered sugar in the bowl, stir gently and then prepare to get messy.

This is where the shortening comes into play, generously coat your hands, front, back, in between the fingers (I suggest removing any hand/wrist jewelry), and even coat a bit above your wrists. You will also want to coat the surface you will use for kneading the icing. In my case, the counter tops are not solid, but 12 inch tiles, so I opted to do my kneading on a baking sheet – that was covered in shortening.

You will be a literal hot mess (remember we heated the marshmallows) Keep kneading and slowly adding the remainder of the powdered sugar until the icing is dough like material.

Double wrap in saran wrap, then in an air tight container, store in the fridge over night.

Voila!! You made your own fondant – and the secret is that it tastes better too!!

More crafty/Suzie homemaker adventures coming soon!!


Catherine said...

Your little girl is so cute! :) oh, and the foudant does too :)

Stacey said...

This is how I make my fondant, too.
Most people don't like fondant, but it sure looks pretty.

Where is the pic of the cake??