A longtime reader of this blog contacted me a few days ago to ask if I knew what kind of fondant would be safe. Since most types of cake decorating products are made in a facility with peanuts, I decided to make my own last fall.
It was my first attempt. As you can see in the cake below, Thomas' face is actually fondant. (To read the entire post on this cake, click here.)
How did I do it? It's not nearly as hard as it looks or sounds. Here are the online resources I used.
- 16 ounces white mini-marshmallows
- 2 to 5 tablespoons of water
- 2 pounds powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup Crisco shortening (you will be digging into it so place in a very easily accessed bowl)
I got this recipe from this site. It has very detailed instructions.
But...I'm a visual learner. I watched the following youtube video a couple of times and was ready to go.
Let me give you a warning, this starts out to be sticky, sticky mess. Be patient. Allow plenty of time to work on it. I think you will be amazed at how easy it is once you get over the the "What have I gotten myself into?" feeling.
If you are not familiar with fondant, once you master simple cakes with fondant, you can make amazing things that look like this:
(the Thomas photo above was taken by me, the others are by people more talented than me on flickr (see here and here)