Okay – so I posted yesterday that I received a Cricut Cake from Santa for Christmas. So – I can hardly contain myself because I want to start creating adorable yummy treats IMMEDIATELY!
However – I am going to try really hard not to rush into making treats. See – when I made those cakes that I posted yesterday (a good 2-3 months ago)… I had no Cricut Cake – AND I used store bought fondant.
I discovered very quickly that store bought fondant dries out VERY quickly and tastes absolutely awful. So I thought I would attempt to make Marshmallow Fondant and see how it tastes. I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. Well – I did.. and it is SO yummy! Not only is it yummy… it is cheap and easy! Store bought fondant is not very soft and runs at (at least) $10/pack. Well… this cost me about $4 and was very easy to keep soft and ready to use.
Since I was so impressed with the fondant that my sister and I made… I thought I would share the recipe! Of course… I did not come up with this recipe. I do not know who did – but I give major props to whoever it was!
- 2 Pounds of Confectioners Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
- 1 Pound of Mini Marshmallows
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Teaspoon Butter Flavor
- 2 Tablespoons of Water
- Crisco (use as needed)
Now that you have the ingredients… I am going to list the steps to making your fondant in the quickest way possible.
- Get a large bowl and coat the sides and bottom inside of the bowl with Crisco.
- Put the Mini Marshmallows, Vanilla, Butter, and Water in the Crisco coated microwaveable bowl.
- Place in the microwave for about 30 seconds then stir. Keep repeating until you have a liquid marshmallow mixture.
- Put two pounds of confectioners sugar into a mixing bowl. (Sifting through the sugar is optional. I did not sift through mine and it came out good – but who knows? It could have came out better if I had sifted)
- Put the marshmallow mixture in the bowl with the powdered sugar. Use a mixer to initially get everything nice and combined. However, do not mix it TOO much with your mixer unless you have a really nice heavy duty mixer. We have a hand mixer and I’m pretty sure I blew out the motor because the mixture was too much for it to handle.
- After you mix it all up pretty nicely, put Crisco on your hands (take off your rings!) and begin kneading it and really working with it to make it a nice smooth consistency.
As you can see, this made a very nice amount of fondant. Now – my plan is to make cupcakes to officially start testing out my Cricut Cake. I decided to do cupcakes because if I mess up… I’ll have another cupcake to work with! I can also use this time to test out all the different cartridges and figure out what I like best (which will be a hard decision!).
This recipe calls for the fondant to sit in the refrigerator overnight to really let it set. However, I decided that I thought it might be easier to go ahead and color it before I let it sit. Since tomorrow is going to be a cupcake testing day – I wanted to make a variety of different colors. My sister and I divided up my fondant into 8 different portions.
After that was done, we got to coloring. I am very new to the whole treat-decorating world… and so I used just regular food coloring to dye my fondant. However, my mother told me that there is special frosting etc. dye that will probably work out better than regular food coloring. This I will have to try the next time.
I used regular McCormick food coloring. This took ALOT of food coloring to get the fondant to the right color consistencies. We squished the fondant into “patties” and put a couple drops of coloring on the fondant at a time. Then we kneaded the fondant until the liquid was completely dispersed throughout the fondant. I think that my hands are pretty much permanently going to be rainbow colored (lol).
To let the fondant set over night, we wrapped each individual ball into plastic wrap then placed it into a storage baggy. I then set it into the refrigerator and will continue with this tomorrow! Hopefully (fingers crossed) my cupcakes will turn out adorable!
I hope you enjoyed this post, check back soon for the finished cupcake project!
Thanks and God Bless,