How to make Marshmallow fondant…2.0

I did a post about marshmallow fondant a while back.
But sometimes you don’t get things quite right the first time around.
While that recipe DOES work, there is room for error…
SO, I am going back to basics today.
Here is the tweaked recipe and step by step process.
Don’t be scerred..get your fondant on!
Here’s what you’ll need:
8 cups mini marshmallows
Vegetable shortening
1/4 cup water
2 lbs powdered sugar
First you put your marshmallows into a microwave safe bowl.
Add the water.
Now microwave on high for one minute and stir.
Continue microwaving for 30 more seconds until the marshmallows are almost completely melted.
Add half the bag of powdered sugar
Stir it in
Now…get your hands dirty.
Get a big ol’ glob of shortening
and smear it all over your *clean* counter
Now pour the REST of the powdered sugar on your counter
Pour the marshmallow/sugar on top of the sugar on your counter
Now coat your hand THOROUGHLY with the shortening and knead the sugar into the marshmallow until it is no longer sticky and forms a ball.
Now, LIGHTLY coat the fondant with a thin layer of shortening
and wrap in cling wrap (completely airtight) to let it rest for 30 minutes or so before you use it.
You want the fondant to be completely cooled before you use it.
If you aren’t going to be using it the same day, put the wrapped fondant in an airtight bag (squeezing out all the extra air) until you are ready to use it.
Best if used within 2 weeks of making.

The good thing about this fondant is that is tastes really yummy.  I mean, marshmallow and sugar..couldn’t be bad!
And it’s cheap to make…the pre-made fondant is expensive!!
AND you’ll feel super smart and all that you made your own fondant…trust me.
ANDDD you can make cute cupcake toppers like these Beagles, or legos, or bowling pins

So anyway, fondant is fun.
I promise :)

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Mia and Deniece, Boulder Creek Cupcakes
June 8, 2011 12:56 am

I recently use my mixer with the kneading attachment to make fondant, and it was soo much easier! just be sure to spray the whole thing with cooking spray before hand 😉

June 8, 2011 1:06 am

Really nice tutorial! Thank you!

June 8, 2011 1:08 am

Thanks for that!! We just used your original recipe on a wedding cake last weekend-it came out nice but I think we tend to add a bit extra water:) Come by and check out our cake if ya like;)

June 8, 2011 1:13 am

Sounds delicious! I may even have my kiddos help me with this! Sounds like fun!

Cindy Liebel
June 8, 2011 1:21 am

Who knew fondant would be this easy & cheap? I made fondant for the first time for my sons lego bday cake last Nov. & it was so fun. I will have to wrap in cling wrap next time for sure though. Thanks for the added tip :)

Milles Family
June 8, 2011 1:25 am

Seriously? You post a recipe less than 24 hours after I made your original recipe for the first time. I had issues not getting it to be so sticky. I am intersted in this modified version. I will have to try that for my hubby's bday in July. My husband like this fondant better than the store bought I made for my son's bday. I just now need to learn how to make such clean crisp decorations like you all! :) My daughter says my TinkerBell came out "chubby". :) You gotta love the honesty of 4 year olds!

June 8, 2011 1:33 am

My friend has always made marshmallow fondant and you are right, it tastes awesome, so much better than store bought fondant!

Trish - Sweetology101
June 8, 2011 1:47 am

You make me think I can do this! Maybe…but I am a bit chicken I will admit. I will also admit that right now I am eating a chocolate glazed donut and drinking champagne. Seriously, try not to be too jealous.

June 8, 2011 1:59 am

awesome tutorial! I have tasted it before (and it's yummy) but never tried making it. Totally bookmarking this for a future attempt, thanks!

June 8, 2011 2:04 am

And if you add coco powder it taste like toosie roll, and it's easier to color in brown or black when it has the coco in it.

June 8, 2011 2:09 am

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOo scared of fondant! You made it look so easy! and if you make it often you're gonna have some guns on you! Great tuto!

June 8, 2011 2:26 am

I made my first marshmallow fondant a few weeks ago and it was a TOTAL hit! Love this tutorial! I was totally daunted when I did it for the first time and this SO would have made me less nervous.

June 8, 2011 2:38 am

Thank you for posting. I tend to buy my powdered sugar in a 7 lb bag- how many cups of powdered sugar is in 2 lbs? And, should I sift the powdered sugar before measuring?

Georgia Pellegrini
June 8, 2011 3:35 am

Wow, I wish I had those pastry skills…!!!

June 8, 2011 3:51 am

I really need to take the plunge and make some fondant! Thanks for making it seem feasible:)

Diane {Created by Diane}
June 8, 2011 4:12 am

great post!
I also grease my dough hook on and mix it in there, then finish it on a flat surface :)

Food Glorious Food!
June 8, 2011 6:57 am

Really that easy? Really? :) Then I must give it a try again 😉

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
June 8, 2011 7:46 am

Great tutorial! I've actually never made fondant before, but now I' feel like I could tackle it.

cookies and cups
June 8, 2011 10:46 am

felisha ~ you will need approx 8 cups of powdered sugar. I don't sift it and it's fine…you knead it enough that there will be no lumps!

cookies and cups
June 8, 2011 10:47 am

Jennifer ~ love the idea of putting cocoa powder in it! YUM!

cookies and cups
June 8, 2011 10:52 am

Milles Family ~
So sorry :(
I had found that the water amount needed to be a little less OR the powdered sugar needed to be more…I didn't take into account the powdered sugar used for the surface covering in the first recipe.
This is I tested over and over and it's 100% perfect :)

June 8, 2011 11:12 am

Awwwwwesome! Always wanted to try making my own. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing :)

June 8, 2011 11:52 am

That is awesome. Actually pretty easy to make your own. At least you make it look easy. 😉

June 8, 2011 11:59 am

Looks messy but a whole lot of fun. love marshmallow

June 8, 2011 12:58 pm

OK, ok, ok, I give up, I will try the marshmallow fondant! I've been considering it for a while now and your post is the kick in the pants I needed. (Or really, it was me not having to actually look up the recipe). I've made from-scratch fondant before with gelatin, glucose and powdered sugar, so I'm familiar, just scarred from the gooey mess.
But, you're right, fondant is expensive!

June 8, 2011 1:24 pm

Well I'll be… you make it look so simple!

June 8, 2011 2:08 pm

how much suger you use in grams ??

thank you



June 8, 2011 2:27 pm

Excellent tutorial! thank you so much.. you make it look so easy!

June 8, 2011 3:59 pm

Good tips but you should never never never store fondant (homemade or otherwise) in the fridge! Fastest way to ruin it. It's just marshmallows and sugar- ziploc it and put it in your pantry. It'll last indefinitely.A random tip people swore for so long and I didn't believe til it happened to me- but brand name marshmallows. No target brand, no generic grocery store brand- real brand name marshmallows. They ARE different but slightly. I made a few batches not long ago that got gummy after it set and then crumbled (a gummy yet crumbly mess…it was weird) and it… Read more »

Designed with Purpose
June 8, 2011 4:51 pm

I actually made the fondant for the first time last week…I used your "old" recipe but this is great too! It turned out perfectlyy and was very easy to make.

megan @ whatmegansmaking
June 8, 2011 6:03 pm

great tutorial! I've been wanting to try this :)

June 8, 2011 6:07 pm

When do you add coloring?

June 8, 2011 6:28 pm

I am saving this for sure, I want to make this for my girls birthday.

Emily P
June 9, 2011 3:48 am

I use my Kitchenaid to mix mine as well and will never go back to hand kneading. @ Dag,I mix in my color as I am stirring my marshmellows but right before I pour them into my KA mixing bowl. I also add a little clear vanilla in mine….. yummy!

June 9, 2011 11:59 am

I stir in 1-2 Tbsp corn syrup to the melted marshmallows before adding the sugar. I find it makes the fondant a little more pliable & resistant to cracking.

June 9, 2011 1:08 pm

This is perfect timing! I just started the Wilton Fondant and Gum Paste class and want to make my own. This was very helpful! Wish me luck when I make it on Sunday :)

June 9, 2011 8:20 pm

Yes.premade fondant is CRAZY expensive..about $15 for 2 pounds!
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Lisa P
June 9, 2011 11:46 pm

Since reading your first post on marshmallow fondant that is all I make and use now. Thanks!!!

June 10, 2011 4:55 am

I have made Marshmallow Fondant in the past. It tasted good, but it was rather dry and cracked. It was usable, but I wasn't that happy with it. So, I am a little gun shy about making it again, but your recipe looks great, so I think I will be trying it again. I think the cracking has to do with the dry climate in Las Vegas. Have you had the cracking problem? Thanks for the post!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats
June 11, 2011 5:52 pm

Okay, I seriously may try this. Although it would be much easier (and fun) if you just come to my house and help me. ; )

June 12, 2011 3:21 am

Thanks for sharing my daughter would love this, she has been trying her hand with fondant.
thanks for sharing
ps, what program do you use to add words to your pics, thanks

Ashley H
June 12, 2011 12:29 pm

Do you know how much Fondant this made? I*m making my daughter*s birthday cake this weekend and wanted to try this out before I spent $80 in pre made fondant!! How much did what you got weigh??

June 12, 2011 4:49 pm

Looks great and sounds yummy! Excellent tutorial. I would never attempt it without your help..thanks:)

cookies and cups
June 12, 2011 7:19 pm

First, great tip with the kneading attachment! I will have to try that!Not sure how much the sugar is in grams…it is 2 lbs, so I am sure you can find a converter somewhere..sorry :(Jessica ~ I have stored the fondant in the fridge and out both and I tend to prefer it in the fridge, just a personal preference I suppose, but it certainly has never been's how I always do it! Also, I have made using both brand name and store brand marshmallows and haven't ever noticed a difference, but there certainly is no harm in buying… Read more »

June 13, 2011 10:36 am

Love your blog !!
If i didn't find Crisco where i'm living, i could replace it by butter? or any other suggestion? thank you
I live in Morocco…


Heather @ Sweet Sins
June 13, 2011 1:56 pm

I so badly want to make fondant but I am so scared of it at the same time!! I saw this the last time you posted and I really want to make it… maybe I will this weekend!!

June 21, 2011 9:24 pm

Do you use regular food coloring or special coloring? I have the drops on hand but saw gel at the store the other day. Does one work better than the other with fondant?

cookies and cups
June 21, 2011 9:43 pm

Michelle ~ I would only use the gel…the liquid might make the fondant too sticky.

June 25, 2011 4:25 am

Thank you for sharing this with us! I just made this today, and it was awesome! I will never againg purchase premade fondant!

Angela B.
June 27, 2011 3:49 pm

Ok. I'm convinced. I always make everything from scratch, except the fondant. I tried a recipe for marshmallow fondant once & it was a gooey, awful mess. Got a wedding cake in a couple of weeks, so I'm going to try this out. Thank you!