Celebrating birthdays are a big deal in our home. My parents always went above and beyond when I was a kid, so I want the same for my children. With that being said, my son always picks what type of cake he wants; and this year he chose a very elaborate fondant covered Spiderman cake.
In the past I have used store-bought fondant, but I’m not a huge fan. It can be very pricey and it doesn’t taste the greatest. So when I made Marshmallow Fondant for the first time, I knew I hit the jackpot. Not only is it delicious, but it’s shockingly easy to make.
All you need is:
1 lb bag of mini marshmallows
2 tbsp. water
2 lb bag of confectioners sugar
1 c shortening
First, empty the bag of marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl. Pour 2 tbsp. of water all over the marshmallows and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring often.
Once your marshmallows have melted and look smooth, pour half of the confectioners sugar on top. Fold in the sugar.
Then, with shortening generously coat your hands and work area- such as a table- so the fondant does not stick while kneading. Begin to knead the fondant adding sugar one cup at a time until it begins to form into a dough-like material. This process will get sticky! Keep coating your hands with shortening to make the fondant easier to work with.
Soon your fondant will look like this.
If you’d like to color your fondant I recommend using gel as opposed to liquid coloring. Gel is more concentrated so it doesn’t change the structure of your fondant like liquid food coloring would. I use Wilton gels that can be found at Michael’s or most local craft stores.
To apply, take a toothpick and add a small amount of coloring to the fondant. Knead thoroughly to ensure color is evenly distributed. It may be necessary to add more coloring depending how deep you’d like the color. Some colors like red and black will require time to sit in order to achieve a darker shade.
To store fondant, apply a layer of shortening and cover with plastic wrap. Place in air tight sandwich bag for 2- 24 hrs.
Everyone loved the Spiderman cake, especially the birthday boy! The marshmallow fondant was super easy to make and it was so good people were asking for seconds. From the birthday boy himself “best birthday ever mom!”