How To Make Fondant

Wondering how to make fondant? It doesn't have to be as hard as it sounds. Fondant is the secret ingredient for most bachelorette party cakes. Even though it is mostly associated with wedding cakes, there is no reason you can't have the same beautiful look on your bachelorette party cake as well, cheaper too!!

The trick is how to make fondant effortlessly. Fondant has a silky, perfectly smooth surface can't be beat, and the fondant can be modeled into endless shapes, allowing for tremendous creativity in cake design. Fondant is easy to make, and requires only a few specialty ingredients readily available from cake and craft supply stores.



Ingredients:

• 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
• 1/4 cup cold water
• 1/2 cup glucose (can substitute light corn syrup)
• 1 tablespoon glycerin (available from craft and cake stores)
• 1 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
• 2 pound bag of confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar), sifted.
• 1 teaspoon flavoring


Instructions:

1. Pour water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water so that the gelatin is evenly distributed. Don't dump the gelatin in, it will cause difficult lumps to appear. Let gelatin soften in the water for five minutes.

2. While you're waiting, sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl.

3. Heat the water and gelatin over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin is dissolved. Mix in glucose (or corn syrup) and glycerin. Add the shortening and mix until melted. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in any desired flavoring. Vanilla, almond and lemon are the most common Use an artificial clear flavoring if keeping the fondant pure white is a concern.

5. Pour wet ingredients into the powdered sugar. Mix with a wooden spoon until cool enough to handle. Then use a lightly greased hand to knead the ingredients together. Knead in the bowl until most of the powdered sugar is included in the mix.

6. Place on a lightly greased counter and knead until the fondant is smooth and pliable. If it feels sticky, continue to add powdered sugar and knead until the fondant is soft, smooth, and free of bumps.

7. Adding the right color is how to make fondant less visible. To color fondant, wear plastic gloves. Apply coloring and knead the color into the fondant until it's distributed evenly throughout. Add more color as needed for your specific shade.

8. Shape into a thick disk shape and cover with a thin coating of shortening. Wrap well in several layers of saran wrap, and place in a ziplock bag. The fondant can be used immediately, but works much better if it is left to sit for 12 hours. The fondant will store well at room temperature this way for up to three months, and can be frozen for up to 12 months.



Marshmallow Fondant

If you are strapped for time, learn how to make fondant the easy way! Marshmallow fondant is a very quick and easy recipe for an unforgettable bachelorette party cake. This will make it look like you spent hours baking and sweating your buns off to show off your remarkable bachelorette party cake masterpiece.

Ingredients:

• 1 16oz bag of mini marshmallows
• 3 tablespoons of water
• 2 lbs. powdered sugar and optional flavoring



Instructions:

1. Put the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl, add the water, and put it into the microwave for 2 minutes.

2. Stir in the marshmallows making sure it’s all melted, then add your remaining ingredients.

3. Knead dough on a powdered sugar surface and keep adding powdered sugar to make dough less sticky and more workable. You did it!!!!

4. Allow your fondant to set up overnight covered. Before you use, microwave for 30 seconds and knead until smooth and pliable.

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