Nowadays, many people enjoy baking and they prefer doing baking food at home instead of buying cakes or cookies from bakery. Just like me, I love to baking life so much as I can DIY or create a new recipe to share with my friends. Besides, the bakeware sets and baking ingredients are easy to buy and they are inexpensive.
Recently, I am interested in the fondant. It is one of the greatest decorations of cake and also it tastes good. When making a special occasion cake, a message is often the central focus of the cake. Many people would like to convey message and decorate the cake with cream, but fondant is another special way to let the cake become unique and wonderful.
While you can purchase fondant, homemade is softer and easier to work with. Also, unlike commercial fondant, freshly made homemade fondant usually has a better flavor. Here is the recipe of homemade fondant.
16 ounce (459g) bag of mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons (30ml) water
2 pound (900g) bag of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon (5ml) flavoring, such as clear vanilla, peppermint, amaretto, orange essence lavender
Liquid food coloring
1. Use shortening to oil a wooden spoon and your work space. Marshmallows are extremely sticky, and you’ll have a difficult time handling them if you don’t use a lot of shortening throughout the fondant-making process. The shortening prevents the marshmallows from sticking to the countertops and the spoon you’re using.
2. Place the marshmallows in a big microwavable bowl. Add 30ml water. Then microwave them in 30-second increments. Check the marshmallows every 30 seconds to monitor their state, and remove the bowl from the microwave when they’re melted.
3. Stir in the powdered sugar. Pour half the bag of powdered sugar into the marshmallow mixture, and use the spoon to mix it in. Pour in more powdered sugar and keep stirring. When the mixture becomes very stiff, you can stop adding powdered sugar. And stir in the flavoring and food coloring.
4. Knead the fondant dough. Tip it out onto your work surface, lather your hands up with plenty of shortening. Start kneading the fondant dough as you would knead bread. Keep kneading for 8-10 minutes until the dough is pliable and has the consistency of real fondant. Then rest the fondant. better to form it into a ball.
5. Roll the fondant just before you use it. Use a greased rolling pin to roll it out into a flat thin disc. Then use the alphabet letter cake cutter to cut the fondant into the letter you want.
After all, you can decorate the alphabet letters on the cake.