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 🙂

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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84 Responses
  1. Karyn

    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 🙂

  2. Jenrn

    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.

  3. Emily P

    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!

  4. Designed with Purpose

    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.

  5. Jessica

    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 was generic marshmallows. Bought Kraft and never had trouble since.

  6. Kelli

    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!

  7. cookies and cups

    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 🙂

  8. cookies and cups

    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!

  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

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

  10. Diane {Created by Diane}

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

  11. Felisha

    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?

  12. Joanne

    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.

  13. SweetSugarBelle

    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!

  14. Jennifer

    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.

  15. Aimee

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

  16. Trish - Sweetology101

    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.

  17. redheadchick

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

  18. Milles Family

    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!

  19. Cindy Liebel

    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 🙂

  20. Holly

    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;)

  21. Mia and Deniece, Boulder Creek Cupcakes

    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 😉

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