The Fantastic Fondant Recipe

Ok so finally here is the one and only fondant recipe. It’s a combo from

http://bakers-cakes.blogspot.com/2009/01/rolled-fondant.html (check this site out for convenient step by step pictures)

and

http://thecookduke.com/fondant-recipe/ (has helpful tips should anything go wrong)

Rolled Fondant

Ingredients:

  • 0.25 ounce packet of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening
  • 1/4 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup
  • 8 cups of powdered confectioner’s sugar
  • Optional: gel food coloring

Directions:

  1. Combine the gelatin and cold water (wait until they have thickened together, should be similar to the consistency of jello)
  2. Depending on your preference, you can either heat the combo in a microwave for about 30 seconds or in a double boiler until the gelatin has dissolved into a clear liquid
  3. Stir the corn syrup, glycerin, and shortening into your mixture until it is smooth (if having difficulties, microwave your mixture again for 30 seconds or until clear)
  4. Add your choice of almond/vanilla extract or maybe a little of both
  5. Pour 4 cups of the powdered sugar in a large bowl and form a small niche where you will pour your liquid mixture into
  6. Add as much of the remaining sugar as the mixture will take (keep some aside for rolling the fondant so it does not stick to the surface)
  7. Knead in your choice of gel food coloring until you have the desired tint
  8. Keep in a tightly sealed container to prevent from drying out

You can find all the ingredients for this recipe in the baking section of your local grocery store. In my case, glycerin was the toughest ingredient to search for. In fact, I didn’t use it in my Hospital Themed Fondant Cake because not finding one ingredient was not going to stop me from making one of those delicious fondant cakes! I’ve always been amazed by the wondrous options that open up when using fondant as seen on Ace of Cakes which is where I got my inspiration to test my luck against fondant. Ironically, months later while casually browsing the baking section at Michaels, I came upon the forgotten glycerin! I bought it, but I have yet to use it in a fondant recipe.. I’ll be sure to post some step by step pictures when I make fondant again, hopefully soon!

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