Marshmallow Fondant & Cupcakes of the Sea

Fondant has always seemed like a great mystery until I was challenged to make some ocean-themed fondant cupcakes.  I always imagined fondant was a product that was more science based than food based, like, american cheese slices and Mcdonald’s milkshakes.  Incredibly, fondant is something that can be made from ordinary grocery store items like any other recipe.  And unlike store bought fondant, this recipe for Marshmallow Fondant is both affordable and tasty.

Just be sure to follow the procedure carefully to avoid a giant mess in the kitchen.  It is also best to make this a few days or even a week ahead of time before using it.  At first the product will appear lumpy, but the lumps will magically disappear after a few days.

Marshmallow Fondant & Cupcakes of the Sea | toni woo + food

Marshmallow Fondant & Cupcakes of the Sea | toni woo + food

Marshmallow Fondant & Cupcakes of the Sea | toni woo + food


16           oz. mini marshmallows

30           oz. powdered sugar

2              oz. water

–              vegetable shortening


1             tsp. lemon juice (to cut the sweetness)

–               vanilla flavoring or any flavoring

–               gel food coloring

–               rubber gloves (highly recommended


Sift confectioners sugar and then set aside.

Coat microwaveable bowl, spatula, and silicone mat with shortening.

Add marshmallows and water to microwaveable and greased bowl.  Microwave in 30 second intervals unti marshmallows arel puffed, shiny, melted, and can be easily stirred.

With a greased spatula, make a well in the middle of the melted marshmallows (do not stir). Add confectioners sugar to the well and fold into the marshmallows.

Empty contents onto a greased silicone mat.  Grease hands (or gloved hands) with shortening and knead the sugar into the marshmallows until a uniform dough.

Form into a ball and coat with shortening.  Double wrap the ball in plastic wrap, put in a ziploc bag, and let sit for a few days (fondant will be lumpy with little balls of confectioners sugar but they will disappear in a few days).

When ready to use, microwave fondant in 10 second intervals until pliable.  Add gel food coloring and knead the color into the fondant.

Dust a surface with cornstarch and then roll out the fondant with a rolling pin.  Cut shapes or mold into desired decorations.

Voila, fondant decorations!


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