If you love making LMF fondant (who doesn’t love stretchy, tasty, inexpensive homemade marshmallow fondant?) then you’ll definitely love the black counterpart. Making black (or red or dark purple or any other dark color) can be tricky but this video on how to make black fondant breaks it all down for you in a few easy steps. You could just buy pre-made black fondant but for some reason, pre-made colored fondant is so much more expensive. It really is super easy to make, I promise!
Chalkboard cakes are super popular right now. It all begins with a beautiful black fondant! If you want to make a pretty chalkboard cake like this one, you can purchase my online class all about chalkboard cakes and rustic birch cakes!
You might be asking, “why can’t I just add a bunch of black food color to my white fondant?” Well the short answer is you can, the long answer is you can if you want to have a sticky soft mess on your hands and a lot of WTF moments that most likely end with you lobbing said sticky mess of fondant across the room in frustration.[responsive-box][/responsive-box]
The first thing we need to do is gather our ingredients and our tools.
2 lbs sifted powdered sugar (you may not use all the powered sugar depending on your area, that is okay)
1 lb mini marshmallows (Hy-Top, Walmart brand or Haribo Brand if you can find it)
1 Tbsp water (use only 1 Tbsp if it is very humid in your area)
1 Tbsp black food color gel (americolor is what I use but wilton or any other brand is ok too)
1/2 cup shortening (white vegetable fat or trex)
About 1.25 lbs of Wilton fondant (if you buy the 5 lb box, use one half of one of the packages, if you buy the 1.5 lb box, use the whole package) I use my 50% or 40% off coupon to purchase my fondant at Michaels or Joanns so that the overall cost of my fondant is less. You can get these coupons online, with the app or in the newspaper.
Extra powered sugar (for kneading)
Tools Needed: Stand Mixer Large plastic bowl Spatula Dough hook for mixer
You can make this by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. All you need is your muscles
You can melt the marshmallows over a double-boiler if you don’t have a microwave
I prefer black americolor gel for my food color
You can half this recipe if you only need a little black
Store in a ziplock bag at room temp for months. Head and re-knead well before each use.
You might not use all the powdered sugar in the final kneading depending on the humidity in your area and that is ok