(makes +/- 700g fondant)
5 cups mini marshmallows (preferably white)
6 cups icing sugar (plus extra for dusting)
2 tbsp water
Food colouring or flavoured extracts (optional)
- Dust your counter or a large cutting board with icing sugar. Place the marshmallows and the water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 60 seconds until the marshmallows are puffy and expanded.
- Stir the marshmallows with a rubber spatula until they are melted and smooth. If some unmelted marshmallow pieces remain, return to the microwave for 30 second intervals until the marshmallow mixture is entirely smooth and free of lumps. If you want coloured or flavoured fondant, you can add several drops of food coloring or extracts at this point and stir until incorporated. If you want to create multiple colors or flavors from one batch of fondant, do not add the colors or flavors now. Instead, refer to step 6 below for instructions.
- Add the powdered sugar and begin to stir with the spatula. Stir until the sugar begins to incorporate and it becomes impossible to stir anymore.
- Scrape the marshmallow-sugar mixture out onto the prepared work surface. It will be sticky and lumpy, with lots of sugar that has not been incorporated yet–this is normal. Dust your hands with powdered sugar, and begin to knead the fondant mixture like bread dough, working the sugar into the marshmallow with your hands.
- Continue to knead the fondant until it smoothes out and loses its stickiness. Add more sugar if necessary, but stop adding sugar once it is smooth–too much sugar will make it stiff and difficult to work with. Once the fondant is asmooth ball, it is ready to be used. You can now roll it out, shape it, or wrap it in cling wrap to use later.
- If you want to add coloring or flavoring to your fondant at this point, flatten it into a round disc. You might want to wear gloves to avoid getting food coloring on your hands during this step. Add your desired amount of coloring or flavoring to the center of the disc, and fold the disc over on itself so that the color or flavor is enclosed in the center of the fondant ball.
- Begin to knead the ball of fondant just like you did before. As you work it, you will begin to see streaks of color coming through from the center. Continue to knead until the streaks are gone and the fondant is a uniform color. Your fondant is now ready to be used!