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Making Jill's Faux Fondant
Owner & Creative Director of Sweet Art Factory makes her own fondant. She calls it Faux Fondant. Since fondant can be quite expensive and bland tasting, Jill creates her fondant using marshmallows, powdered sugar and a variety of clear flavorings (her favorite is almond flavoring). With just six easy steps, you'll be ready to decorate cake, cookies, brownies and cupcakes!
1 16 oz. bag on Minature Marshmallows
2 lb. Confectioners Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp. Gum Paste Mix (we sell 2 oz. jar)
1 Tbsp. Clear Extract or Flavoring (we use Almond)
Shortening (to coat your hands when mixing)
Step ONE & TWO
Place marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir and add your extract or flavoring. If not completely melted, heat at 20 second intervals until you can stir it and it is very smooth. Do not overheat.
Pour confectioners sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the Gum Paste Mix. Create a well in the center. You want to make sure that when you pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl, it does not touch the sides.
Pour the marshmallow mixture into the sugar bowl. Coat your hands with shortening. Begin to bring the sides of the sugar into the marshmallow mixture. Slowly add the sugar into the mixture. Eventually you will have a dough. If too sticky, you can add more confectioners sugar.
Continue to knead the dough until it is a fondant texture. If you are not going to be using it right away, store it in Saran Wrap or Ziploc bag. Make sure you create an airtight seal. It should last about 2 - 4 weeks.
To create colored fondant, just add some food gel color into center of fondant. Knead the fondant until all the fondant is the color you desire.
Now, you're ready to roll it out and decorate!
Whether using fondant to decorate cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, create figurines etc., you'll love working with this faux fondant.
Below is an example of rolling out the fondant and cutting shapes using our cookie cutters. Once the shapes are cut out, use a pastry brush to brush some water on the cookie before placing the fondant shape on top. The water will act as a glue for the shape to stay in place and dry nicely. Once you are finished, you can decorate the cookie using cookie icing.
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