Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy!

First, I wanted to say how excited I am that I now have 12 followers! Now, I know that might not mean much when most people have hundreds, but it's a big deal to me and I appreciate each and every one of you :)

Today I wanted to share a recipe for Marshmallow fondant. Personally, I hate the taste of store bought fondant. It has no flavor and is pretty gross. Well I found this recipe for one with marshmallows that sounded interesting. I decided to give it a try. It's pretty good. Very sweet but better than the store kind.

I found the recipe HERE.

Marshmallow Fondant

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, divided

Directions

  1. Place the butter in a shallow bowl, and set aside.
  2. Place the marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners' sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.
  3. Rub your hands thoroughly with butter, and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a working surface dusted with confectioners' sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners' sugar.
I used the fondant to make my dad's birthday cake. He recently got the iPhone 4 so I decided to make it in the shape of one. I'm not the greatest at working with fondant (or cake decorating in general) but I really enjoy it. I took the classes at Micheal's (like FOREVER ago) but I had a great time. I really recommend it if you have time :) Anyways, I used black food coloring and painted the fondant since hand dying it would have taken, like, a BILLION years. The time, 10:00 is when he was born.

The fondant is REALLY sticky sometimes so I kept powdered sugar nearby to keep dipping it in to reduce the sticky.
I made a BIG mess in my kitchen doing this too! But don't worry... I cleaned it all up :)

Here's the picture of my dad's cake:


Dad with his cake :)



41 candles (and one to grow on)!


So Happy Birthday Dad! Hope everyone has a great week!

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