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Easy Marshmallow Fondant - tastes better than store bought too!

Easy Marshmallow Fondant - it costs far less, is not difficult to prepare and tastes better than store bought too! It's also easy to add flavourings and colouring to suit the cake.
Course Cakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 pound large bag of mini marshmallows (1 500 grams)
  • 4-5 tbsp water
  • 8-9 cups or so of icing sugar powdered sugar
  • tbsp a few vegetable shortening
  • Flavour extracts or colour paste if needed


  1. In a large plastic or glass bowl, toss the marshmallows in the water and microwave for 20 seconds or so.
  2. Remove from the microwave, stir and return to the microwave for 10-15 second intervals, stirring after each one, until the marshmallows are fully melted and smooth. Be careful not to overheat the mixture. As soon as the marshmallows are smooth, you're done.
  3. Add a couple of cups of the icing sugar to the marshmallow mixture and begin to fold it in gently.
  4. Continue to add more icing sugar until the mixture becomes quite thick and almost dough-like. You can add favouring and colour just before this stage if you need to.
  5. Use some of the shortening to lightly grease your counter top. Sprinkle on some icing sugar and pour the thick fondant mixture onto the counter.
  6. Lightly grease your hands with the shortening as well, to keep the fondant from sticking to them.
  7. Add more of the icing sugar on top of the mixture and begin to knead it in with your hands. Regrease your hands as necessary.
  8. I found a metal spatula was good to use if the mixture begins to stick to the counter top. Scrape the counter and add a dusting of icing sugar, then continue to knead.
  9. Continue to add icing sugar and knead until the fondant comes together into a ball and has the consistency of play dough.
  10. Lightly grease some plastic wrap and place the fondant onto the wrap. You can split it into two balls if you prefer.
  11. Wrap the fondant in one or two more layers of plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 24-48 hours before using.
  12. This fondant will easily keep for a couple of weeks at least, so you can make it well in advance if need be.