Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fondant for Beginners: Marshmallow Fondant (MMF)

Wilton Pure White Rolled Fondant, 1-Pound 8-OunceMarshmallow fondant (MMF for short) is the home-made version of the rolled fondant you see adorning those incredible looking cakes on Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss or The Ultimate Cake-off. I recommend that marshmallow fondant NOT be your first experience using fondant. Your first time making and using it may not come out right and easily discourage you from ever doing it again. With traditional fondant, you knead it prior to use to make it soft and pliable. I started with MMF right away, it felt like I was kneading forever. I'm just glad that my husband was there to the rescue. When I tried Wilton Rolled Fondant, it was like "hallelujah"! So easy-breezy. Maybe, you should know what real fondant feels like and how it's supposed to behave before you experiment with MMF.

I started out with MMF because it's inexpensive. It's just a mix of mini marshmallows, powdered sugar and water - pretty simple right? You can knead it by hand but if you have a stand mixer (kitchenaid or similar) then you're all set for a hands-free fondant experience. Here's the recipe and videos on how to make it using a mixer or kneading by hand.


  • Large Microwable Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula
  • Stand Mixer with Dough hook attacment (optional)
  • Microwave Oven
  • 16 oz. bag of mini marshmallows
  • 2 lb bag of powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • Crisco (all-vegetable shortening)
  • Gel food colors or Cocoa powder (optional)
  • Flavoring (optional)
  • Plastic Food Wrap
STEP 1 - Grease all your tools with shortening
Melted marshmallows are sticky and is a nightmare to clean up. Don't forget this step to make it easier for yourself later.

Step 2 - Melt the marshmallows in the microwave.
Put the marshmallows in a heatproof bowl and add the water. Put the bowl in the microwave oven and heat it for approx. 2 mins. until the marshmallows puff up like on the photo.

Step 3 - Stir and add optionl ingredients.
Stir the marshmallows until they get smooth. This is the time where you can add your chosen food color/cocoa powder for the entire batch rather than trying to knead it in later. You can also add few drops of the flavor you desire. I added 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder in this batch.

Step 4 - Add powdered sugar.
If you are using a mixer, go ahead and put about 3/4 of the powdered sugar on the mixer bowl and add all of the melted marshmallows over it.

If not, just add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time onto the bowl of melted marshmallows and stir with a well-greased wooden spoon.

Keep mixing on low-speed (or stirring with the wooden spoon) and adding the remaining sugar until the fondant is firm, neither dry or sticky.

Step 5 - Turn out into greased surface and knead
Turn out on to a clean, firm work surface and knead by hand just for a minute until there are no flecks of dry powdered sugar remaining. Rub a little bit of Crisco on it and wrap in plastic food wrap and seal it in an airtight bag (Ziploc).

Let it sit for at least an hour before using but I prefer to let it rest a day before I use it.


Here are the videos I watched to learn how to do it. I really like seeing it being done before I do it myself.

Stay tuned for the remaining posts in this series:


  1. I'm glad I found this site! I'm also a Filipina mom and I just started baking. Your site is very helpful and informative. I look forward to reading more about your baking and caking adventures.

  2. Thanks for this post! I've never made my own fondant (always just seems so much easier to go buy it) but I definitely need to give it a shot.

  3. Found this by accident. Have been enjoying it ever since!


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