Saturday, June 27, 2009

how to host a star wars party in 5 excruciatingly painstakingly detailed steps: part 3 - the fondant

After hearing about Marshmallow Fondant (MMF) in the comments on another blog (I can't remember which), I decided that it would be perfect for the Clone Wars cake that Liam had in mind for his birthday. The recipes I read all looked easy enough, but I was surprised that it really WAS so easy. And fun.

Here's what you'll need:

- 16 oz bag of marshmallows (I used the big ones, but the minis would probably be even better)
- 1 few tablespoons of water
- 1 kg icing sugar
- Crisco shortening (eww.)

Step 1: Melt the marshmallows
Place the entire bag of marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 Tbsp water. Melt in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Repeat until the marshmallows are all melted, which should take around 2 minutes. Be careful as THIS GETS HOT.

Step 2: Prepare your work surface.
While you marshmallows are melting, it's time to prepare your work surface. Seeing as our two main ingredients are marshmallows and icing sugar, things are going to be STICKY. In order to make the later step of kneading possible, you'll need to grease your table/counter with Crisco. Crisco grosses me out, but it was a necessary evil in this case.

Step 3: Add the powdered icing sugar.
Adding approximately 1/2-3/4 of the bag, stir until mostly combined. As you can see, we're taking something sweet and adding something sweeter. Can you feel the sugar crash already?

It will likely still be a little lumpy.

Step 4: Kneading. Oh, the kneading...
After you've stirred in the majority of the bag of icing sugar, grease your hands with Crisco. Palms, backs, fingers, the cracks between your fingers. (Again, Crisco is pretty high on the list of "Things I'd Rather Not Touch Let Alone Eat", but you will appreciate it's usefulness in this recipe.)

Take the bag of icing sugar and pour most of what's left onto your Crisco covered table, making a small well in the center. Now empty the contents of your bowl into the sugar well.

NOTE: This is MUCH to do after smearing Crisco all over your hands. A hot glass bowl + Crisco-coated hands = great difficulty.

Once your icing sugar well is ready, go ahead and scrape your marshmallow mixture out of the bowl. Begin to slowly fold the marshmallow onto itself. The icing sugar will stick to the marshmallows and be incorporated in as you knead. At this point, the fondant is soft and warm and soft and supple and soft and... did I mention soft?

Seriously. Even if you don't have a cake to decorate, make some of this stuff just to experience this first bit of kneading. It is almost beyond words. I can hardly describe the sensation of touching this stuff at this point. It's luscious. Heady. Do it.

Almost done.

Knead until all of the icing sugar is incorporated and no little specks of white are visible. This will take at least 8 minutes. You will need to periodically re-grease your work surface to keep the fondant from sticking. If your fondant seems too dry, add some water 1/2 a tablespoon at a time (DO NOT add too much or you'll find yourself stuck in a downward spiral of "a bit more water, a bit more sugar, a bit more fondant, a bit more sugar". Err on the side of caution.)

Step 5: Wrap it up.
You could use the fondant right away, however I read on several sites that it's better to make it ahead and refrigerate it at least overnight (it will keep in the fridge for weeks). In order to do this, coat the ball of fondant in Crisco, cover in plastic wrap, and place inside another bag or container, squeezing out as much air as possible.


NEXT TIME: The cake!

Links to how we did it:

pre-party planning and ideas
the invitation how-to
pool noodle lightsabers
marshmallow fondant
the cake (in less than 100 pictures)
the big day

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8 comments:

  1. Whew, while this does look like fun, I think I am glad I went with the easy way out! I posted the cake picture today - it's pretty bad, but I made sure to take full responsibility :)

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  2. Labour of love! What a great idea and such a simple recipe, thanks for posting.

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  3. That is so cool, I totally wanna try that now!

    Could you add food coloring??

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  4. Yes, yes, yes!
    I've been waiting for you to share how you made that fondant!

    Thanks so much!
    Now, I can't wait to try it out too :)

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  5. Holy cow, that seems like a crazy annoying thing to do. I LOVED the finished cake, though, so...I have to say I forsee this in my future.

    Thanks for the awesome photos, I will be referring to them often!

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  6. Why coconut oil can't replace crisco?
    √Člise

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  7. I've never heard of this fondant making before! I love it! Now I want to try for next time!

    Regular icing is sugar and water anyway, right, so it can't be THAT much sweeter... can it?

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  8. Thank you SO much for posting this. I really appreciated it. I used your recipe to make fondant shaped lightsabers on cupcakes for my 9 year old boy and his classmates. They were excited and impressed! I am also making a fondant covered cake for his bday. So thank you for taking the time to share your ideas with others. I know it isnt easy when Im sure your busybusy. :0)

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