I can't believe after all the times I've made homemade fondant that I haven't taken pictures and posted it on here. That's probably because making fondant can be a sticky gooey mess. For instance, right now, my hands are a lovely shade of fuchsia that's not showing any signs of scrubbing off in the near future. I still think it's seriously fun to do, though, and even my first time making it I came out with pretty good results. I'll do a tutorial soon on making fondant cupcake toppers, but for now I just want to share the recipe that I always use. It's super easy to make, super tasty, and kids of all ages will love it (even me).
Yield: enough to coat 2 8" cakes or 24-36 cupcakes
15 ounces mini-marshmallows (bigger ones won't melt properly)
2 tbsp water
2 pounds powdered sugar, 1 cup reserved
1 tsp vanilla extract or lemon juice (optional)
gel food coloring (Ateco or Wilton brand works best)
Before you begin, grease all utensils and bowls (including your hands when they're handling the fondant) with a thin layer of vegetable shortening. In a microwave safe bowl add the mini marshmallows and water. Microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring each time, until the marshmallows are completely melted.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the powdered sugar. Pour the melted marshmallows into the mixer and turn it to low speed (be careful since powdered sugar might fly out). Once most of the sugar is incorporated turn the mixer up one notch (just one!) and beat until the fondant comes together, about 30 seconds. At this point you can add reserved sugar if the mixture is too sticky. There may also be some sugar left in the bottom of the bowl. That's all fine.
Dump the fondant out onto a well greased surface and knead with your hands until the fondant feels smooth. It might be slightly sticky at this point, or slightly dry. I like to incorporate a dab or two of vegetable shortening into the fondant to smooth it out and make it more pliable and smooth if it is tough to work with.
To color the fondant, flatten a ball out on a well-greased work surface (I like a glass platter or disposable cardboard cake circle). Use a toothpick to add a dab of food coloring in the center. Fold the fondant over several times and knead until it is uniform in color, about 10 minutes. Rub the ball of fondant with vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic, and let rest 2 hours before using.