Homemade Fondant
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces miniature marshmallows (4 cups not packed, or half of a 16-ounce bag)
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (4 cups), plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Food coloring or flavored extracts, optional
Instructions
  1. Mentally prepare yourself, this is messy!
  2. Cover your table or cutting board with either powder sugar or Crisco (this keeps the marshmallow from sticking) Then pour 2 cups of powdered sugar over the space you will be working on.
  3. Place the marshmallows and the water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, until the marshmallows are puffy and expanded. Stir the marshmallows with a rubber spatula until they are melted and smooth. (make sure you dip your spatula in the Crisco as well so it does not stick) If some un melted marshmallow pieces remain, return to the microwave for 30-45 seconds, until the marshmallow mixture is entirely smooth and free of lumps.
  4. Once marshmallow is melted you will then pour it over the 2 cups of powdered sugar. At this point you will want to lather your hands in more Crisco so that the marshmallow does not stick. Continue to knead the fondant until it smoothes out and loses its stickiness. Add more sugar if necessary, but stop adding sugar once it is smooth–too much sugar will make it stiff and difficult to work with. Once the fondant is a smooth ball, it is ready to be used. You can now roll it out, shape it, or wrap it in cling wrap to use later.
  5. If you want to add coloring or flavoring to your fondant, I would recommend the gel coloring. I was able to find this at my local Michaels craft store. You also might want to wear gloves to avoid getting food coloring on your hands during this step. Add your desired amount of coloring to the center of the fondant, and fold the fondant over on itself so that the color is enclosed in the center of the fondant ball. I recommend using a toothpick to add a little bit of color at a time until you get the desired look. Once finished your Fondant is ready to use! If you are not using right away, keep rolled up into saran wrap so it stays nice and fresh. Homemade fondant is the way to go, it is yummy and pretty simple to make.
Recipe by Simply Real Moms at http://www.simplyrealmoms.com/posts/where-the-wild-things-are-birthday-party/