How to Make Marshmallow Fondant



When I first began decorating cakes I was strictly a buttercream icing user. I never used fondant, ever. Finally I figured why not give it a try. I first bought some of the premade fondant for accent pieces on a cake. It worked for what I wanted but man oh man does that stuff not taste good. Don’t waste your money on that stuff unless it’s a emergency. I wouldn’t want my customers to eat that stuff. The times that I did use it I told the people to peel it off, that it was pretty to look at but not good to eat. Seeing all the beautiful cakes that used fondant online and in my cake magazines I knew there had to be something better out there than store bought fondant. There are many ways and recipes to make your own fondant. I found recipes for homemade marshmallow fondant. I was intrigued. People like marshmallows right? These recipes had to taste better than the stuff I was buying. Not only does the homemade marshmallow fondant taste better it’s cheap to make! Ok so here’s what y’all are here for right? Recipe is adapted from Wilton. Don’t let fondant intimidate you. I’m clumsy, sometimes lazy and I make plenty of mistakes so if I can make it I’m sure you can too!

How to make marshmallow fondant

Ingredients:
1 (10 oz.) bag of mini marshmallows. Don’t buy the generic, the Kraft jet puffed marshmallows are the BEST to use
2-5 Tbs. of water
8 cups (2 lbs.) confectioners powdered sugar; sifted. This is ok to use generic brand.
Vegetable shortening- I always use Crisco- this is for the bowl you use for the marshmallows, your hands when mixing and your work surface that you do your kneading on.
1 Tsp. Vanilla extract or flavor of choice- I have used orange and almond before too (optional)
Food coloring color if you want the fondant a certain color (optional)

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Directions

Coat a large microwave safe bowl with a thin coat of the vegetable shortening.

Dump entire (10 oz.) bag of mini marshmallows and 2 Tbs. of water into the bowl. Microwave the marshmallows/water for 1 minute, stopping every 15 seconds to stir with a large spoon coated in the vegetable shortening. Using the shortening on the bowl and spoon makes it less sticky and easier to mix. This is my consistency of the mix after 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds.

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Add your liquid flavoring of choice and/or food coloring to the marshmallow mixture once you take it out of the microwave. Skip this step if you don’t want to flavor or color the fondant.

Coat your work surface with the vegetable shortening. I lather it right on my kitchen table. I remember when my boys saw me do this the first time. They thought I was nuts.
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Fold or stir in 4 cups of powdered sugar into the melted marshmallows. This will get messy and sticky but it will turn out in the end, promise. Mix until it is a like a bread dough but not too stiff.

Add about 2 cups of powdered sugar to your work surface in the middle of your work surface. Scrap out the marshmallow mix onto the powdered sugar on the work surface.

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Grease your hands/gloves with the vegetable shortening and knead, knead, knead! Because of my hand eczema I wear latex free gloves and lather them in my Crisco to knead. When I’m done I just peel them off.

If your fondant ball starts to look cracked or tears then it is too dry and needs more water. You can add more water, about 1/2 tbs. at a time until the fondant is smooth and elastic. Start to finish took me about 15-20 minutes. The more I have done it the quicker I have gotten with it though.

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I have used homemade marshmallow fondant only hours after it being made but it’s best if used after it has set for over night. You can make the recipe as I mentioned then wrap the fondant in a double layer of saran wrap coated in a very thin layer of the vegetable shortening and kept in a sealed Ziploc bag. This fondant keeps in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Just take from the fridge and let sit a little while then knead it again to soften it back up for use.

Marshmallow Fondant
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Mama B
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homemade marshmallow fondant for cake decorating
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini marshmallows. Don’t buy the generic, the Kraft jet puffed marshmallows are best
  • 2-5 Tbs. of water
  • 8 cups confectioners powdered sugar; sifted. This is ok to use generic brand.
  • Vegetable shortening- I always use Crisco- this is for the bowl you use for the marshmallows, your hands when mixing and your work surface that you do your kneading on.
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract or flavor of choice- I have used orange and almond before too (optional)
  • Food coloring color if you want the fondant a certain color (optional)
Instructions
  1. Coat a large microwave safe bowl with a thin coat of the vegetable shortening.
  2. Dump entire (10 oz.) bag of mini marshmallows and 2 Tbs. of water into the bowl. Microwave the marshmallows/water for 1 minute, stopping every 15 seconds to stir with a large spoon coated in the vegetable shortening. Using the shortening on the bowl and spoon makes it less sticky and easier to mix.
  3. Add your liquid flavoring of choice and/or food coloring to the marshmallow mixture once you take it out of the microwave. Skip this step if you don’t want to flavor or color the fondant.
  4. Coat your work surface with the vegetable shortening. I slather it right on my kitchen table.
  5. Fold or stir in 4 cups of powdered sugar into the melted marshmallows. This will get messy and sticky but it will turn out in the end, promise. Mix until it is a like a bread dough but not too stiff.
  6. Add about 2 cups of powdered sugar to your work surface in the middle of your work surface. Scrap out the marshmallow mix onto the powdered sugar on the work surface. Use more if needed.
  7. Grease your hands/gloves with the vegetable shortening and knead, knead, knead! Because of my hand eczema I wear latex free gloves and lather them in my Crisco to knead.
  8. If your fondant ball starts to look cracked or tears then it is too dry and needs more water. You can add more water, about 1/2 tbs. at a time until the fondant is smooth and elastic. Start to finish took me about 15-20 minutes. The more I have done it the quicker I have gotten with it though.
  9. I have used homemade marshmallow fondant only hours after it being made but it’s best if used after it has set for over night. You can make the recipe as I mentioned then wrap the fondant in a double layer of saran wrap coated in a very thin layer of the vegetable shortening and kept in a sealed Ziploc bag. This fondant keeps in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Just take from the fridge and let sit a little while then knead it again to soften it back up for use.
  10. For cleaning up your work surface I scrap as much fondant goo as I can in to the trash then I use hot water, some Dawn dish soap and a wash rag to clean up the table really well.

Ways I have used the homemade marshmallow fondant? Here are just a few examples…

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"Elvis cake how to make marshmallow fondant"

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Hey y’all! My name is Shanaka (pronounced Shonica). My boys and I live in Virginia with my fiance and his daughter and together we have a baby girl that was born November 2016. This blog was formerly known as Mama Bee Does. I will be sharing about my new life as a Mama to a blended family but all other topics will remain the same- recipes, travel, reviews, entertainment, my love of Disney, fashion, all my baking creations and whatever other ramblings I decide to share. Email theblendermom@gmail.com
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Comments

  1. Super cool. I use the same Marshmallow Fondant recipe. I have only decorated two cakes with fondant though. I am trying to improve my skills and get my work out there.
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    i recommend the thicker cake dye versus the stuff you get at the grocery store- found it works better with this recipe

    • Nicole, Yes I don’t use the regular food coloring. I use the Wilton gel colors. Guess I should mention that in my post. Thanks!

  3. yay! I can’t wait to try this out! pinning for later, I’ve always wanted to try it!
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  4. I’ve always been too afraid to try, but I really should!!!
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    • Liz, I was afraid too but finally decided that I wouldn’t learn anything by avoiding it. I still prefer to use just buttercream but some people prefer the beauty of all fondant.

  5. I’ve seen this recipe all over place but I’ve never used it. Since my extended family doesn’t eat pork, making a cake with marshmallow fondant usually isn’t in the cards(due to the gelatin in the marshmallows).
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  6. Awesome!! I was just going to be looking for a marshmallow fondant recipe so perfect timing for me to stumble upon this post! Your cakes are amazing! Great job!!
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  7. Cecile says:

    I have never thought about making it myself. This is such a cool idea. I love your examples too.

  8. I’d love to try this sometime. I’ve never worked with fondant before and this looks like a good place to start. I pinned it so I can come back to try it soon.
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  9. Contemplating making this for a bday cake this week….Perhaps I’ll have one ordered at the bakery for back-up lol.
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  10. Wow! those cakes looked terrific. I have never used any kind of fondant but you make it look so easy.
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  11. I first tried fondant at Mixed Con. I was surprised by how it tasted. I would definitely like to try this in the future as it can’t be any worse. 😉
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  12. Thanks all. My cake skills have come a long ways in 8 years but I still have plenty to learn.

  13. Cool! I agree I hate the taste of regular fondant.

  14. Oh wow! That looks easy to make and your cakes ROCK!!!

  15. I’ve never heard of marshmallow fondant; have never been a fan of the taste of regular fondant, but this actually sounds really good! I may have to try this for Jacob’s birthday cake this spring. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday!

  16. oh wow that looks like so much FUN!

  17. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

  18. that looks awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

  19. All the bags of mm I have found have not been 16 oz they are 10 oz where do you find them

  20. I have always been scared to try to make my own icing especially fondant. Thanks for posting these step-by-step instruction. I will definitely try it!

  21. This looks great. Your cakes look awesome.I wish I was half that talented.

  22. Oh my gosh those cakes are amazing!! That cake with baby bottom and feet is so cool…it looks so real!!

  23. I just made this and omgoodness this is amazing. I have always wanted to try it but was scared it wouldnt taste right or look right. This does. I use Ameri Color . I dose not have a taste like Wilton does. It also doesnt take much to color. I used the Electric Green, and only used a small bottle of it for the entire thing. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Jenni P. says:

    Have now used this recipe about a half-dozen times, with excellent results. Only times I had trouble was when I tried to halve the recipe, which just didn’t work out that well for me. I think I wasn’t paying close enough attention to my powered sugar add-in, and it got too stiff, and I had trouble softening it. Now I know: go slow on the sugar. Adding IN is way easier than softening.

    Thanks so much! I used this on my first for-pay cake, and they praised the look AND taste. About to use it on my second commissioned cake, and have my first adventure with Americolor dyes. Learned: go easy on the pink if you want it very light (had to throw out a batch that was too bright), and a dark chocolate brown will take nearly the whole darn bottle.

  25. Becky says:

    This is amazing! My family has a gluten Allergy and some have it worse than me. I Recently got engaged and I have a feeling it will be impossiae to get a gluten free cake with gluten free Fondant. So this gives me a chance to experiment with it . Thank you for Sharing this information. I also have been an avid user of Wilton baking products.

  26. Wow, love the cakes. I’m going to try using the marshmallow fondant on a cake of my own.

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