Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fondant Fun

This week is another busy week. Packed with fun, two cooking shows, a baby shower I am helping put together, a preschool field trip, and now a sick toddler who I think may have shared her bug with her big sister. They share so wonderfully.... sometimes.
For the baby shower, this Saturday, I am making two cakes. A diaper cake and an edible cake. This is my first adventure in the diaper cake category. I feel it was a success. I have decided to go into further detail on how to make that tomorrow.
Today I made tasty fondant. Really, it is very tasty. It isn't the tasteless box stuff you can buy at most places, although if you use flavor oils you can make it taste better. It is a very simple recipe (thanks to google.) I don't know what website I got the recipe from but there are many places that show this recipe, and now I will share it as well.
1 2lb bag of powdered sugar
1 bag of mini marshmallows
3 tbsp of water
that is it. If you take the time to make it, it is much cheaper. There are other recipes, but this is the most basic.

Take your bag of marshmallows and dump it into a microwave safe bowl with 3 tbsp of water, then nuke for a minute. Stir, then nuke about 30 more seconds, but be sure to watch it or it will make one heck of a sticky mess in the microwave, trust me, I learned this lesson.

Then begin to add the powdered sugar. Little by little. Once it gets to stiff to stir in the bowl dump it out on the counter with a coat of powdered sugar on the counter. Then kneed the rest of the powdered sugar into the marshmallows.
And Vala! Fondant! Just wrap in Saran wrap and let sit for at least an hour to overnight. When you are ready to use it, nuke for 10 to 15 secs to make it workable.
I actually made two batches today for the baby shower cake. I also attempted to make some of the cake but I managed to mess that up, so both attempts collapsed in the middle and ended up in the trash. So now I have to make all the cakes tomorrow. Without messing them up. Because people will actually eat this one.
Speaking of no one eating cake, this is my finished cake for last weekends competition. I got no feed back, so I don't know how bad they really thought it was. Please no comments on how much you like it, I was happy with it, however I was completely out of my league on this one. The cakes that won deserved to win and I am happy for them. Including my step sister who won 3rd.


  1. I think that entering the competition and doing so much work on a deadline would be an enormous challenge - let alone designing and figuring out how to execute the plan. I am in complete awe of the effort, and I think it is a very fun cake! (Although, a cake that no one eats, does seem like a waste...)

  2. I love the step by step processes you are showing. Also, Jan's comment should be well-taken. She does make real butter cream frosting from scratch...with butter!

  3. I give you kudos for sharing with us what you are doing....and doing it in addition to your PC and Mom and wife things. (I already told you I like the cake...)

  4. Very challenging structurely speaking. Nifty. Giganticus nifty.