The Tale of two Fondants (Rolled Buttercream Fondant + Marshmallow Fondant) Part II

Just as promised, part II of the two-part series.  Part II is how to make Marshmallow Fondant.  In the last post, I showed you how to make rolled buttercream fondant two ways using two recipes. Then, how I used the rolled buttercream fondant to make cupcake toppers, ballerina shoes, and tiny handbags.  This weeks post is all about Marshmallow Fondant.  How to make Marshmallow Fondant, coloring Marshmallow fondant and using the marshmallow fondant to cover a cake.

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When making marshmallow fondant the possibilities are endless.  This recipe makes about 4 pounds of fondant. That is enough to cover two 8-inch rounds.  Want to know how fondant you need to cover your cake? Check out this chart from Wilton.6 tips to fix fondant

Marshmallow fondant is, of course, dairy free (remember to use shortening for your hands). Which is great for those who suffer from dairy allergy.

Warning… Making marshmallow fondant is a sticky, messy business.  You will also need some elbow grease.  Are you ready to learn how to make fondant and save some money doing so? Let’s go.

Recipe for Marshmallow Fondanthow to make marshmallow fondant

16 ounces mini marshmallows (I like mini marshmallows because they melt faster)
¼ cup of water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 lbs. powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)
¼ cup butter or shortening (I prefer shortening for this project)


  • Spray a microwavable bowl with cooking spray. Then add the mini marshmallows, this prevents it from sticking to the bowl. This step is optional, however, it makes it easier to scrape out of the to make marshmallow fondant
  • Melt the marshmallows for 30 seconds at a time until the marshmallows are fully to make marshmallow fondant mix in bowl
  •  Slowly add the water and vanilla to the melted marshmallows.  If you desire to color your fondant, now is a good time to add edible gel colors.  It is much easier to do it this way.  Otherwise, you can color it later on.Marshmallow-Fondant-add-water-and-vanilla
  • Mix the melted marshmallows, water and vanilla until it is smooth.  Make sure you work out all the to make marshmallow fondant mix no lumps
  • Then add powdered sugar one cup at a time, but reserve a cup. A word of caution do not to dump the entire batch of powdered sugar.  It will take forever to knead.  At this point, the fondant will be very sticky. Just keep adding powdered sugar and continue to knead.Marshmallow-Fondant-add-powdered-sugar
  • Thoroughly rub your hands with butter or shortening, then add the remaining cup of powdered sugar to a board, and kneading until the fondant is smooth and pliable.  This should not take long at all but it depends on the amount of fondant you are making.  This is where you will need some elbow grease.Marshmallow fondant knead
  • Roll the fondant into a ball.  Before covering the fondant in plastic wrap add some shortening to the plastic wrap. It is more like slathering the plastic with the shortening.  Make sure you get all the area that’s going to touch the fondant.Marshmallow-Fondant-mix-knead-roll-into-a-ball
  • Finally, wrap the fondant with the plastic. Then place the fondant in a ziplock bag and store in the refrigerator. Marshmallow-Fondant-mix-roll-into-a-ball-add-plastic

Coloring Marshmallow Fondant

It is best to color marshmallow fondant at the beginning stage like I said before it is much easier.  While coloring afterward is not impossible, it took a few minutes to knead.  To put this in perspective it is about the same amount of time to color any other fondant.  As always red, black, and blue are hard to achieve and it is probably best to use premade fondant to mix for colors.  I was able to color my fondant pink with no problem.  The most important thing is to have fun.Marshmallow fondant color

Covering the cake with Fondant

  • Covering the cake with marshmallow fondant was a much better experience than with the rolled buttercream fondant.  I did not have to use lots of powdered sugar or hold it carefully to cover the cake.
  • It was much easier and more pliable.  While I have not tested in heat or moisture marshmallow fondant is great for covering cakes.
  • To test out the fondant I used it to make a baby shower cake.
    marshmallow fondant baby shower cake
  • And another pocketbook cake I am loving them this season.Marshmallow-Fondant-pocket-book-cak

My thoughts on Marshmallow Fondant

  • I LOVE IT… It was very easy to work with and it very pliable.  When compared to rolled buttercream fondant, marshmallow fondant is a much better option.
  • After the fondant was stored in the refrigerator it became very firm, however, it did not take a long time to come together.
  • I was able to color with no problem at all.
  • Seriously I did not notice any difference from the fondant I normally use.
  • The best part, it is much cheaper to make marshmallow fondant, which comes out to about $1 per pound.  On the other hand, store-bought fondant can cost between $5 and $6 per pound or my favorite Satin Ice fondant can cost between $4.70 to $7 per pound.  Such a huge difference in price right?

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