LMF Marshmallow Fondant Recipe

LMF Marshmallow Fondant Recipe


LMF Marshmallow Fondant
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A lot of people have been asking me how I make my marshmallow fondant so here it is! My secret recipe revealed. If you've ever made marshmallow fondant and hated the results, or if you hate the taste of store bought fondant, you'll understand why this recipe works so well.YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJCUy3ezRxE
    Servings Prep Time
    4.25 pounds 5 minutes
    Cook Time
    25 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4.25 pounds 5 minutes
    Cook Time
    25 minutes
    LMF Marshmallow Fondant
    Print Recipe
    A lot of people have been asking me how I make my marshmallow fondant so here it is! My secret recipe revealed. If you've ever made marshmallow fondant and hated the results, or if you hate the taste of store bought fondant, you'll understand why this recipe works so well.YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJCUy3ezRxE
      Servings Prep Time
      4.25 pounds 5 minutes
      Cook Time
      25 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4.25 pounds 5 minutes
      Cook Time
      25 minutes
      Ingredients
      • 2 lbs powdered sugar sifted (also called icing sugar, confectionary sugar)
      • 1 lb marshmallows WinCo, Hy-Top, Aldi and Campfire brands work best.
      • 1.25 lbs Wilton fondant Satin Ice fondant will also work.
      • 2 tbsp warm water For dark colors, use 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp food color gel.
      • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening Also called white vegetable fat, trex, copha.
      Servings: pounds
      Instructions
      1. Sift powdered sugar and set aside.
      2. Place your shortening in the stand mixer bowl.
      3. Melt marshmallows for 40 seconds in microwave (or on stove top) and stir with spoon.
      4. Melt marshmallows again for 30 seconds in microwave (or on stove top) and stir with spoon.
      5. Melt marshmallows for the last time for 30 seconds in microwave (or on stove top).
      6. Add water to bowl of marshmallows to detach them from the edges of the bowl and pour marshmallows into stand mixer bowl with dough hook attachment.
      7. Begin mixing. Add in half of your powdered sugar and let mix for 2 minutes.
      8. Take the soft mixture out of the bowl and put it into the bowl with the rest of the powdered sugar.
      9. Warm the Wilton fondant in the microwave for 40 seconds and add to bowl with powered sugar and marshmallow mix.
      10. Knead until powdered sugar, marshmallows, and Wilton fondant is mostly incorporated. You may not use all of the powdered sugar depending on your climate and that is ok.
      11. Pull fondant like taffy until it is stretchy and smooth.
      12. Store in a zip-lock bag for months at room temperature. Re-heat and knead well until stretchy before each use. You can add color as desired but for dark colors, you should add them during the mixing process or you could get a sticky mess.
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      <h3>About the Recipe</h3>
      I’ve been making cakes for almost 4 years now and there are a few things I have learned in that time:

      • Fondant is expensive
      • I never have enough time to run to the store
      • I can’t afford to do things over
      • Store-bought fondant tastes terrible

      One of the first things I focused on as a cake decorator is my fondant skills. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to specialize in fondant cakes but the fondant I was using at the time (Wilton) was NOT cutting it for me. Now I know plenty of cake decorators that use Wilton fondant exclusively and works great for them.

      The cost to make 4.25 lbs of LMF fondant costs you about $5. Considering 5 lbs of wilton fondant costs you at least $20 and is considered the cheap stuff, I would say it’s quite the deal.

      I unfortunately, am not one of them. I find the taste to be, well, tasteless. The fondant hardens to the point that you would sooner peel it off your cake than consider eating it. To me, this is a problem. I wanted my cakes to be as delicious as they are beautiful and I could not achieve that with store-bought fondant. I began experimenting with various homemade fondant recipes of varying degree. None really turned out the way I wanted them to be (or how I thought they should be) but I eventually came upon a fairly easy recipe that I thought tasted amazing. The only problem was it tended to tear easier than I wanted and was a bit too soft. At the time, I was desperate for fondant and had no time to run to the store so I added what I now call my secret ingredient. The fondant worked so well I have never bothered searching for another recipe. Happy accidents are amazing aren’t they?

      The cost to make 4.25 lbs of LMF fondant costs you about $5. Considering 5 lbs of wilton fondant costs you at least $20 and is considered the cheap stuff, I would say it’s quite the deal. Another plus side to this fondant is it is extremely flexible so you can roll it out very thin. Not only does it meld perfectly with the buttercream but it stays nice and soft so you barely realize it is there. I usually heat my fondant up before working with it and it actually makes it perform better!

      I hope this marshmallow fondant recipe changes your mind about what fondant has to taste like.

      <h3>What People are Saying About LMF Fondant</h3>
      “I had always wondered why someone would choose to make their own fondant when there was such an array of options to purchase. Those people must be flush with more time than money or sense!The fact is, fondant IS expensive. During the holidays when I was the one who had more time than money, such is the season, I decided to try this secret recipe. It came together extremely well to my surprise. When I started working with it I noticed it was missing so much that I had come to expect from commercially-made fondant! Where were my rips? Where was the elephant skin? I paid for elephant skin!! This must have been a fluke, surely. I needed to try a second batch to confirm.This time I rolled it out and picked it up with my hands! My hands! Again, no tears. (look Ma, no tears!)I realized, the apocalypse must be nigh (again), because I am now one of those people who make their own fondant. BAM! Thank you Liz!”

      -<strong>Debbie G. from Debbie Does Cakes</strong>
      Rating: 5 stars, reviewed Jan 1, 2011.

      “YES YES and YES… I found this a few weeks back and I can’t stop using it even if you tried to make me. It is AWESOME! I made one batch and with the ability to roll it sooo thin without tearing I was able to cover 3 6″ rounds, 1 8″ square, and 1 10″ round plus most of the decorations!! The way it covered my cakes was wonderful. It glides on so smooth, and paper thin. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get a crisp fondant cover. My clients love the taste. It doesn’t have the strange stiff rubber texture you find with a lot of pre-made fondants. And I have tried for years to find a recipe as simple yet delicious as this one. THANK YOU!!”
      -<strong>Jennifer Everett</strong>
      Rating: 5 stars, reviewed Feb 8, 2011.

      “I have only used fondant once in the past (regular fondant) and it was such a pain for me I vowed never again. Then I saw your video on your recipe and I just used it for the first time tonight and I love it!! Thank you so much for sharing it! I will be using it alot. The kids all had to taste it and they all said yummmmm”
      -<strong>Lanette Dunham Smeltzer</strong>
      Rating: 5 stars, reviewed Oct 15, 2012.

      “Elizabeth, number 1, thank you for being pretty much a godsend for sharing all that you share. I’m not sure of many people share what you do & that is one of the sweetest things in the world. You’ve not only helped me feel more confident in my work but my business is going better. This tutorial & recipe changed the way I look at home made fondant. I hated it before. It was too sweet without the elasticity & coverage that I really needed. Your recipe has allowed me to make figures, cover cakes and very very thin ruffles for cakes. The taste can not be compared to any that I’ve had before & it’s easy to color & flavor if my client wants to flavor the fondant, like strawberry or almond to go along with their cakes. I owe you a very large THANK YOU for this recipe & sharing it. I love it & will not go back to anything else. Thank you for taking an active roll in the Cake Community & for allowing you to be part of my growth, not only as a business but as an individual.”
      -<strong>Heather Chitty</strong>
      Rating: 5 stars, reviewed Nov 29, 2010.

      • Sharon

        I love this MMF. I’ve used a recipe that used candy melts and corn syrup. It has a great taste. Is there a way to add candy melts to your recipe without altering pliability

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          No Idea, this is the only one I use :)

      • Sandy Sebesta

        Hi Liz, I have a question about this fondant, I’ve made it a few times now, and love the taste, my issue is that it always comrs out very soft, to the point, I don’t have to heat it up, I was wondering if it’s because of the humidity here. Can you give me an idea how to get it alittle firmer? It’s alittle hard to get it on the cake, without it tearing. Thanks for any imputed on this.

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          The humidity definitely affects the fondant, try adding a little less water or incorporating a little more powdered sugar. It should feel slightly tacky when finished but not falling apart

          • Sandy Sebesta

            Thank you, I will try that.

      • Marybeth hull

        After covering a cake in this fondant, does it need to be refrigerated?
        Thanks!

      • Sophia Baez

        Tried this recipe today it came out perfect!! I love your tutorials!

      • Joan Stokes

        How many 4″ cakes would this fondant cover, thinking of doing some for Christmas and how does it stand up to the heat. I am in Australia. Thanks

      • Kristen Parks

        I made this two nights ago and covered a cake with it last night. When I first saw this recipe I felt it was too complicated and more ingredients than I would want to make fondant with. I decided to give it a try because I have had not so great luck with other brands and the fondant tearing while applying it to the cake. This is from now on my go to fondant!!! The recipe (although messy lol) was super easy to make and I did have the recipe and had more than enough to cover a 6 inch cake and have some to cover another cake and to make some toppers. I love the stretch factor and there was no tearing on my cake. Amazing recipe and now that I have tried it, cheaper than traveling outside my area or paying online for the bigger name brands. Thanks so much for this recipe.

      • Jennifer Jennayy

        for veg. shortening can I use crisco?
        and for the marshmallows can I use Jet?

      • fix the stickiness

        Hi Liz i just tried your LMF for the first time, and call me crazy but i did the freeze dried blueberries in the mix that Kara put on her website. I think it turned out good just a little sticky , how do i fix that

      • Cherie Foote

        Hey Elizabeth! I am going to make your fondant and wondering if I will have enough for the size of my cake. It will be 12″ wide x 18″ Long x 5″ high (it’s going to be a coffin cake for my dad’s 60th). Will this be enough or will I need to make a bit more or double it?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Yes you will have plenty :)

          • Cherie Foote

            So no need to double the recipe? just making sure that is right!

          • Cherie Foote

            Elizabeth, Everything turned out great and I you’re right I had enough!! Love the taste! I am making a cake for my son and I know I will have a lot left over, how many months can it be stored for? Also, if stored in the fridge or freezer would that make it last longer?

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              It lasts for months just sealed in a bag at room temp, no need to refrigerate. Just re-heat and knead well before each use

      • Heather

        Hi Liz I love your MMF recipe. I watched your cake box tutorial. You say that the cake is chilled. Do you refrigerate fondant covered cake? I was told not refrigerate fondant covered cake. Maybe you can clear up this mystery.

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Short answer, yes you can chill fondant cakes. They will sweat a little when they come out of the fridge and that is normal but it does not harm the cake unless you are in an extremely hot/humid area and your cake is very very cold. My refrigerator is set to the warmest cold setting (if 8 is coldest and 1 is warmest it’s set to 1) so that it’s chilled enough to firm up the butter in the buttercream but it doesn’t take much for the cake to come to room temp. You can also put a fan on the cake when it comes out to help the sweating. I hope that clears things up!

      • Ernest

        I actually just came across this recipe, and I am SO eager to try it. I actually want to try it tonight! That being said, I just started making cakes about a month or two ago, and I use a hand mixer at the moment, do I HAVE to use the dough hook attachment? Because I don’t own a stand alone mixer yet. Crazy question, I know!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          You can do this in a bowl with a spoon and then finish it by hand but it’s a lot more work so just be prepared :)

      • Tony Rizzo

        Worked Great!

      • andrea

        I used your black lmf recipe and it came out horrible, tried twice. I hear great reviews, what am I doing wrong? Any tips, please!!! I live in hot, humid Houston. My fondant was tearing and porous looking. Please help! I need a black cake.

      • manon villeneuve

        Hello, I just made the fondant and it is perfect and taste good. I rolled it and again it is perfect. Thanks for sharing. I am very impressed!!!!!

      • Krystal Avarado

        Hi Liz!

        If I need more color into your batch, will more liquid (color gel) change or ruin the consistency of the fondant? And thus make it too sticky?

        I too as many other commenters have tried out too many fondant recipes, that I actually avoided fondant for a while. But I’m making my brothers graduation cake and will make a 3 tier superhero cake in one month. So I was searching up a great recipe, and I came across yours! I already like the sound of it, and I haven’t tried making it yet. And even more, the fact that you posted the whole video, and not just 4 minutes.

        Krystal

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Please use the colored fondant recipe (black or red) and adjust the color to your liking.

          • Krystal Avarado

            Thank you so much!! I am looking forward to using your recipe!

      • Jessika Olivares

        How much cake can this 4.25 lbs of fondant cover?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          10″-8″6″ round with a little leftover

      • Jessika Olivares

        Hey Liz I just tried out the fondant and everything seems okay except the fondant was still a little tacky and sticking to my fingers slightly. Is that normal? Or should I have needed it more? I have it wrapped up right now, and it looks great but I just don’t want it sticking a lot when I roll it out. Hope you can answer my questions. Thanks:)

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          It’s normal but you can add a little more powdered sugar if you need to

          • andrea

            Liz, do you use cornstarch versus powdered sugar when rolling it out?

      • Lelica

        Hi Liz, I’ve tried your recipe with the buttercream before (it was fabulous, just fyi). I was wondering if I can use this same fondant to cover ganache frosted cake (instead of buttercream). Thank you!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          absolutely :)

          • Lelica

            Awesome! thank you :)

          • andrea

            I used your black lmf recipe and it came out horrible, tried twice. I hear great reviews, what am I doing wrong? Any tips, please!!! I live in hot, humid Houston. My fondant was tearing and porous looking. Please help! I need a black cake.

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              It’s undermixed. Heat 30-40 seconds and pull like taffy until smooth

              • andrea

                I felt like i overmixed because it became a crumbly ball, no longer goopy and smooth like yours. Do you think I added too much sugar during the mixing process??
                How long do you pull like taffy? 10 minutes?
                And thank you for the response!

      • Bad Wolf

        My partner bought the Campfire marshmallows but bought the EXTRA LARGE ones! It was too late to buy the mini ones so I had to cut those suckers up using a pair of kitchen shears dusted with powdered sugar. Then my friend BROKE my tamis so I had to use a small sifter to sift 2 POUNDS of powdered sugar!! However, once I got everyone OUT of the kitchen, the recipe worked beautifully! Note to self: never let kitchen newbies help you in the kitchen!

      • Charity De Leon

        Have you tried this recipe without the Crisco? I do not use hydrogenated fats in any of my pastries.

      • stacey webberding

        I had a request to cover a chocolate cake with white fondant. Have you used this fondant over a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream before and had success with no show through?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          I always get a little show through with chocolate buttercream so I usually let the client know that the outside of the cake will have white buttercream but the inside will be chocolate and let them know why. They are always understanding.

          • stacey webberding

            Thank you so much for the quick response!

      • Mary Williamson

        Went to Aldi got mini marshmallows they are packs of pink and white……. Separated 3 full bags from white and pink until I got a pound! Ha now to try the LMF

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Oh man that is dedication! lol

      • kristine

        Hi there,

        I am wanting to make farm themed cake for my son’s first birthday. I want to make farm animals out of fondant like cows and pigs etc. How far in advance can these be made before the actual cake is made and they are places on top? (These wouldn’t be flat they’d be actual figures)

        Thanks!!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          You can make them as far in advance as you want. A week is probably good but you can do earlier if you need to.

          • kristine

            Thank you! Should I keep the figures out in open air or in a container?refrigerated or not?

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              Open air, not refrigerated. Its like candy.

      • Brianna Marie

        hi liz, i just made this fondant. It did not turn out right and it tastes horrible.. I followed the recipie completely. It is very dry. Any suggestions?

      • Rodo

        Hi, do you recommend to make this fondant the same day or days before ahead, also for the wilton fondand, you used half of it, how many grams of it?.
        Thanks in advance.

        • Rodo

          Because the recipe calls for 1.25 Lb. of fondant, but the box that you are using looks like 5 Lb. box, and then you said to use half of it( 2.5), so I don’t get it, please tell me how much do I need.

          • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

            Half of one package inside a 5 lb box. There are two packages per box.

      • Brianna Marie

        Hi I am so ready to try this recipe however it will be my first time using fondant. I wanted to make it for a party for next week, I am wondering if it will still be good if I made it in advance and just kept it in the fridge until the day when I will apply it to the cake? Just trying to be good with time.

      • allie

        My light blue fondant has a purple tint is there a why to make it more blue?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          add a touch of yellow

          • allie

            Thank you!!

      • Maureen

        Perfect recipe and have been using it exclusively for a couple of years. How would I adapt this for chocolate fondant?

      • Elizabeth Melvin

        Is my marshmellow fondant supposed to be dry and smooth? When pulling my marshmellow fondant apart until it’s like taffy, what happens if it tears apart?

      • Jacquie Shelley-Lazo

        Hi Liz, I made the LF fondant step by step and it turned out great the same day. I made it a week before my son’s bday party. I stored it an a ziploc bag and kept it at room temperature. It never got hard , but the day I wanted to use it it was not as elastic and pliable as the very first day. I kneaded it and tried to roll it and cover the cake but it was tearing and was crumbly. How long should I knead it for ? I did warm up the fondant in the microwave for 1 min and got a little softer but didn’t get the consistency I wanted. I wonder if I needed to use a lot of powder sugar at the time of rolling it , or maybe needed to add shortening, please advise.
        I have another cake to make in 2 weeks and would like to know what to do or what not to do. I refuse to buy pre made fondant, I am a big fan of you and would like to make it myself.

        PS please let me know what size cake your recipe will cover. My cakes will be 11″ round 4″ high

        The cake though; was delicious as usual…. made it orange flavor following your instructions.

        Thanks,

        Jacquie

      • Rodo

        Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe, I would like to make this recipe but adding some color for a frozen themed cake any ideas what to use for coloring?, thanks.

      • Kathy Calcano

        Hi liz my foundant lacks elasticity is anything i can add to save it? I added crisco and it went from crumbly to smooth but no elasticity. Thank you:0)

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Put it back in the microwave for 40 seconds and pull like taffy with shortening on your hands until it becomes stretchy

      • pearlywhite

        Is it okay to store my fondant covered cake overnight in the fridge? I seem to remember you commenting that it’s ok but I can’t seem to find that post again.

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Yes it is as long as your area is not super humid

      • yesenia rivera

        hey love, i enjoy your video and gave me a lot of ideas i can use for a cake im doing but i need a bit of help with something. you say pour the food coloring while its mixing in the mixer but when you later on add the wilton fondant doesnt that dis color it or making it lighter. lets say if i want dark pink and when i put the fondant white wont it make it lighter or mess up the original color that was planned?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          It doesn’t really affect it because you would need a LOT of white to lighten something back up

      • pearlywhite

        Thank you for this recipe. I’m a beginner and have never successfully covered a cake without pleating or tearing. I persevered and tried again today using this recipe and SUCCESS!! I used Walmart Great Value brand mini marshmallows.

      • Fond Memories…

        Hi Neydi! I had a similar tearing and “mudslide” result when I attempted to cover an assembled cake frosted with a whipped cream/mascarpone/lemon curd frosting!! Wondered if it was a bad batch of fondant or if something in the frosting was melting/dissolving the fondant? I’m a novice baker who has now half dozen fondant covered cakes under my belt, and never had problems in the past.
        Anyone have good recipe for tasty crumb coat frosting that’s safe to use under fondant?

      • Jennifer

        I need to make the fondant cherry red. Any suggestions for keeping it from turning pink instead? Thanks!

      • clair

        I live in england and we don’t have shorting, what else can i use. Many thanks

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Something called TREX I hear is the same thing.

      • mhk1612

        Hi Liz,

        I have used the Wilton fondant so far and my kids and others don’t enjoy the taste. They just peal it off and eat the cake alone. Came across this video and tried for the first time. It came out extremely well. I used it to decorate a cake I made for my friend who is a doctor. It was a huge success and everybody ate the cake with the fondant. I want to thank you so much. Have included a picture of the cake I made using the LMF.

        Just wanted to ask you.. Want to cover a big size cake with black fondant… Will it be okay if I add the black Wilton icing color to the melted marshmallows before adding the powdered sugar ? Will it turn out well ? Please do reply.

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Thats great to hear! I have a recipe specifically on how to make the lmf fondant black under the recipes tab.

          • mhk1612

            Thank you Liz. Will try it out and let you know the result.

      • Salma

        What is wilton fondant??whr will v get it?? M from Oman n I donno whether I will get it hea!!what can i use instead of it???

      • Nb

        Is the wilton fondant optional or really needed?

      • Padma

        Hi Liz :)
        I am planning to make a cake for my son’s third birthday party. This will be my first time ever with Fondant. I have been playing with play-doh to practice molding little trains :) Would you recommend I use this recipe or just work with Wilton fondant. Is LMF fondant easier to work with for a newbie?

      • Yvonne Prasad

        Wilton fondant is very expensive in Australia. Can we use Bakels?

      • Beth Kemp-Clavenna

        Can you use the Cake Boss fondant instead of the Wilton brand?

      • Beth Kemp-Clavenna

        I’m doing my first ever wedding cake this September and the bride wants chocolate cake. Will this fondant cover chocolate cake without it showing through the fondant.

      • Ms jerlady

        I have had this problem for awhile and am getting so frustrated that I thought I’d ask for help. I live in a humid environment (KS) and always have more trouble in warmer weather with my fondant.

        Lately it has been very porous and “crumbly” looking, for lack of a better word. I notice that it is more of a problem when it it humid and I also notice that adding color makes it worse as well.

        I have used your fondant recipe (liz marek) and use Americolor gel (as most of my batches are smaller I color after it has already been made.

        This is how it looks….No matter how much I knead. Any suggestions on how to fix /prevent would be most appreciated…

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          adding too much color to fondant “breaks” it and that is why you get those pock marks. I would suggest making your colored batches as described in my recipes section either red or black when you have to add a lot of color

          • Julia

            Hi Liz – I have this same issue with the last 3 batches I made. The first was coloured so i figured i added too much like you mentioned. Only thing is that the other 2 batches are plain white, no color added. Could it be the warmer temperature in our house now that its winter (im up in canada). I never had issues with LMF before and I’ve made tons of batches. Its frustrating because it tears as im trying to cover cakes. I’ve tried added more icing sugar and kneading but it never gets better..

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              More likely you aren’t using the right kind of marshmallows or you could be under-mixing

        • andrea

          I am having the same issue!!! I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong. If you figure it out, please share.

          • Ms jerlady

            Hello Andrea. Another thing I’ve tried that has been working for me is using a bit less powder sugar to your fondant. Just add the sugar until the fondant is no longer sticky, you won’t necessarily use the entire 2 pounds. Hope this helps!

            • andrea

              I am trying this for a third time tonight. I will try your tip! Thank you!!

              • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

                You don’t need to throw away the old fondant. Just re-heat and pull like taffy.

      • Tonya Porter

        I love this recipe and it is the only thing I use but I can’t get really white fondant. What do you do to get white white fondant?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          It depends on the marshmallows you use. Try a different brand

        • Grammi’s Sweets

          I always add some Americolor white into mixer or when you knead by hand. It helps make colors more true. LOVE THIS RECIPE. Never fail for me.

          • Tonya Porter

            thanks for this tip

      • GemmA

        How long will it last and how can you store it

      • Mickeebabe

        I’m a hobby baker and just need a small batch for making a few decorations here and there. Can I half this recipe and still get great results? And if so, how much Wilton fondant would I use? Does this take color well after it’s been made? Did you grease your plastic bowl that you melted your marshmallows in?

        Thanks so much for your help. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

        • primus76

          Hi. I’m in the same boat. I need to only cover one 8″ 2 layer cake and that takes about 1.5 lbs of normal fondant.

          Did you try halving it?

          I got the 1.5 lb box of Wilton and will cut it in half and half everything else.

          I made normal MMF before with the exact same recipe except the shortening and Wilton. It worked OK but was sticky and harder to work with. Hoping this gives me the best of both worlds.

      • Ana Ramirez

        Hi, i would like to know for how long this fondant would be good to use. . Thanks?

      • Jordan

        Hi, Liz! I’m making my fiance a birthday cake and need to make fur. I’ll be using the walnut clay extruder. Have you used this with an extruder? Should I expect any complications? Thanks!

      • JackC1128

        Hi Liz,

        Can you use butter instead of shortening? Thanks!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          I have not used butter so I can’t say if it will work or not :)

          • JackC1128

            Well i will try it and let you know :)

            • Kelli Tripodi

              Did it work?

              • JackC1128

                It sure did :)

      • Debbie

        I’m so glad I found your recipe! It will save me a lot of money! I have a quick question, the video shows you using 1/2 of a 5# box of fondant, but the written recipe says 1.25#’s. Is that the difference in using the old fondant in the video vs the newer fondant in the written recipe?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          It doesn’t have to be exact, just use 1/2 of one of the packages in a 5 lb box. It will be close enough :)

      • Nutella

        Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was my first time working with fondant and I was so happy to find a way to make it taste good. I used it to cover a cake and to sculpt a topper. It came out beautifully.

        • Padma

          woow! That is beautiful!!! Did you make red fondant by adding red color to marshmallows or afterwards in the fondant?

      • Irene

        Love the recipe…it’s the only one I use! Can you tell me what you would add to make this a chocolate fondant? Thank you!

      • Danielle

        If you add the fondant to the cake while fondant is still warm, will it retract any?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          not that I have ever noticed

      • Taylor Laflash

        Where do you get the Wilton fondant?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          you can purchase it at michaels, walmart, joanns, hobby lobby, and cake decorating stores.

      • VinnyEC

        Okay I admit it was a bit skeptical, but OMG. This fondant is amaze craze, Thank you.

      • Rachel Turner

        Can I use a hand mixer instead of the big stand mixer? Also if I need just a small amount of fondant in a certain color, can I add color later on in the process?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Yes and yes :)

      • Mary

        Love this! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try. Curious, can I get the same results by hand mixing instead of using the dough mixer?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          It depends on how strong your arms are but yes, some people do this by hand

      • kl

        I usually dont make comments etc, but i have to for this.
        This recipe and this video has been heaven sent! Thank you elizabeth marek for being so generous in sharing this amazing secret recipe.
        I have now made it twice, each time with absolutely no trouble whatsoever, the process for me was as smooth as ur video. Infact i actually make it at the same time as i watch it.
        What a difference this has made in my little cake business from home, in both taste of fondant, ease to work with, and of course the $$$ in savings. I hated and cringed when i knew i had a order that required fondant, praying and begging my lucky stars that the store bought fondant i bought would not cause any major problems.
        (I am definitely an amateur fondant ‘user’ to say the least, but i am improving as time goes on, but still in no way a pro)
        Absolutely love this and will NEVER try anything else again!!

        (Incase this note helps anyone out there with different brands of marshmallows to use — i used kroger both times and worked well, no problems)

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          so glad to hear it! :-D

      • Uliana

        Hey Liz!
        Loved your video. I have a question. I’m only trying to make 1 pound of the fondant. How would I convert all the measurements to that?
        Thx, Uliana

      • marjorie

        ok thanks liz I just want to know because I see different recipe asking for it

      • Margoth Osorio

        I like this recipe, thanks. Please give me the recipe in grams?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          You can convert the recipe yourself with an online calculator if you need grams

      • marjorie

        can you put glycerin in the marshmallow fondant recipe to make it more pliable?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          This recipe does not need that

      • Lauren Cortesi

        Hi Liz,

        Would it be fine to use Satin Ice instead of Wilton?

        thanks,

        Lauren

      • Lauren Cortesi

        Hi Liz,

        Can I use Satin Ice or does it need to be Wilton?

        Thank you!!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Yes you can! :)

      • Samantha Hill Hefner

        I’ve made your LMF and LOVE it. Came out perfect the first time. Question about black… I watched the video….what would adding Wilton’s premade black instead of white do ?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Nothing really, it’s not necessary to use. If you have it on hand you can use it but it just adds expense to the recipe.

      • Kelly Hundertmark

        Hi Liz… First of all, I’d like to thank you as you have taught me so much. I’ve made pepperoni cake and modelling chocolate from your tutorials and now I’m going to try my hand at this. Here is my question, at the moment I don’t have a kitchen aid mixer. I have a Hamilton beach mixer but it does have the dough hook. Will that work okay or should I just try it by hand?

        • Lina OS

          Same question here. Should I just try it by hand?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          yes you can make it by hand, start with a bowl and spoon and work those muscles :)

      • Marie Johnson

        Liz, can you do a tutorial on Marshmallow Cocoa Fondant. PLEASE. I am new to you and just discovered you yesterday but your teaching is terrific. God Bless.

      • Cass

        Hi Liz. I am in Australia and we can get the Campfire brand marshmellows occassionally, only problem is we can only get regular size, not mini. I made a batch the other day but the marshmellows didnt seem to melt like yours did, rather they went stringy. I only made a half batch but the mixture seemed very dry from the beginning when adding the sugar to the mixture. Do u think it may be because of the larger marshmellows?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          yes it is from the larger marshmallows. sorry :(

      • Anna

        Hi Liz
        I am beginner in baking and I was wondering if I make the fondant and use it the next day And how should I keep it, rum tempeture/ fridge? I live in europe any tip for ingredients for making fondant? THANKS love your recipe :-)

      • mike

        Hi,
        When I tried to make this fondant it remained sticky and never got stretchy when I needed it, it kept cracking. Do you have any idea what I may have done wrong? Also if using this on cake dummies for display will it harden when dry?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Sounds like you did not knead it enough or your ingredients where different than mine. Looks like you are in the UK. Marshmallows there are not the same as here. yes it will harden eventually. I use it all the time for dummies

          • mike

            Hi, thanks for the quick response. I kneaded for more than 10 mins and it didn’t change. I did think that but continued to knead to no improvement. Do you know the ingredients in your marshmallow ? Or a brand I could get in the uk?

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              I Heard that the brand aldi does really well

      • Annette

        Hi! Thank you for this recipe! I am using this for a third cake and love it!! So far has worked perfectly for a wedding cake, graduation cake and Sweet 16 cake. Everyone loves the taste also!

      • Marina Salfetnikova

        Hi liz ,
        So I’m russian and the cakes we make have very soft creams. Generally
        Butter heavy whip and condesned milk. It usually will be soft What would your recommend for crumb frosting the cake so that fondant will be nice and smooth even at room temp when filling gets softer.
        Marina

      • Kathy Marshall

        HOW DO SUBSTITUTE THE WILTON FONDANT

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          any commercial fondant will work like satin ice

      • rica david

        Hi Liz. When is the best time to cover a cake, room temp or chilled? Thanks

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          chilled, otherwise your buttercream will be soft and you’ll get bulges

          • rica david

            How about the sweat issue when covering chilled cake?

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              a little sweating does not hurt the cake coming out of a fridge. Work in a chilled room. If its very humid work with a fan on you.

              • rica david

                So you think when a chilled cake is being covered with fondant will no longer get soft and get bulges once cake comes to room temp?

              • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

                I’m just going by my own experiences

      • allie

        Do you have a recommendation for making grey fondant? I am making a pink and grey elephant themed cake for a baby shower and I wasn’t sure about making grey fondant. I have read a few things online but hesitant tontry with your recipe..please help!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          to make grey you just add a little black to the white. If it has a purple tint then add a bit of yellow to counteract it. If it has a green tint add a little red.

          • allie

            Thank you so much! I am sorry I didn’t see your first reply. Which brand do have a preference for? Americolor or Wilton? I have both..I was also curious of you mixed some black and white coloring together first to make grey and then add it to the marshmallows would that work?

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              Mixing black and white together and then adding it to white fondant is counter-productive. The fondant is already white so you only need to add the black.

              • allie

                Thanks so much for your help! Do you like using Wilton gel or the Americolor? I have both..

              • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

                I prefer americolor

              • allie

                How long do you usually chill your cakes with the buttercream covering before putting on your fondant? Can I refrigerate the completed cake over night with the fondant and transported the cake the next morning?

              • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

                yep that is what I do

              • allie

                Help! Is there anything I can do to save my grey fondant..it is stretchy but dry, I have never had this problem before. Ps. the color came out great thanks for the tips

              • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

                Knead in some shortening :)

              • allie

                Hi Elizabeth..I just made some fondant that is supposed to be a cornflower blue but it has a purple tint to it..is there another color I could add to make it more blue?

      • allie

        Have you ever made grey fondant? I am making a pink and grey elephant themed cake for a baby shower..I am hoping for some good suggestions. I love using your recipe on my cakes!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Grey either has a purple or a green tint. To make a true grey you need to counteract the tint. For green tint, add a tiny bit of red. For purple tint, add a tiny bit of yellow. Thanks!

      • Sophiavw

        Hi Liz, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! I’ve just made the recipe, and WOW! I’m so happy with the result. I’m in South Africa, and since we do not get half the brands here, I was sure this was going to be one BIG mess. But luckily, not! It turned out great, and it tastes 150% better than any shop bought fondant. I do however have 2 questions… First- I have the elasticity, and it’s come together quite nicely, but it remains a bit sticky (tacky is a better description).. I don’t want to add much more powdered sugar, as I’m scared it will be too dry. Does it stay quite sticky normally?? Then- can I mix this type of fondant with Modelling chocolate? Will it work? Again, a THOUSAND THANK YOU’s! Love your work (btw)!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          if it’s a bit tacky, just work in a bit of shortening until it feels smooth. yes you can combine with modeling chocolate :) glad you enjoy it!

          • Grammi’s Sweets

            I only recently discovered adding Modeling Chocolate to MMF and it it wonderful. I needed black and adding dark choc MC made the steps getting to black much easier. It also tastes amazing.
            Tomorrow I am using white MC.

      • Nancy Onyett, FNP-C

        I tried to do a dark blue for fourth of July and it turned out to be royal blue color any suggestions?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Add black :)

      • Dinah Pezone

        Hi, how can i make this in black. worried it might turn out grey…when adding the ready made fondant can i use a pre-coloured one as well as some black food colouring gel

      • roxana

        Hi, I would like to majevthis, but the shortening is 5 cups? Thank you

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          The shortening is not 5 cups its half a cup. .5

      • judy

        Hi love this recipe. Thanks. My question is I have air bubbles do u know why?

      • Debbie MacDonald

        Hi Liz,
        I see in the vid that you’re using the OLD formula of Wilton ROLLED fondant. Does this recipe work with the new Wilton “decorator preferred”, as well?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Yes the written recipe has been adjusted for the new wilton

      • Donna Lisa

        Hi Liz
        Help I just attempted to make LMF.
        I followed your video step by step and mine never got smooth and soft in mixer.
        It seemed dry even after adding fondant.

        I tried kneading it and stretching but it looked dry and broke apart. Not elastic like yours.
        What can I do to fix this to use now? I need it for my first birthday cake

        Thanks
        Donna

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          did you add too much powdered sugar to the first part of mixing

          • Donna Lisa

            Hello Liz
            Thanks for the reply. I think you are awesome luv your work.
            So I Found my error. I was doubling receipe. Doubled all except marshmallow water and Wilton fondant. Lol
            Do you think I can salvage it by adding the rest and how would you suggest

            • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

              Possibly if you leave out what you doubled in the last recipe and work it all together but I dont know for sure :)

      • catr7113

        Hi mine came out super sticky is there anything I can do to salvage it lol thanks!!
        Cathy

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Knead in a bit more powdered sugar and let it rest over night

          • catr7113

            Thank you!!!!!

      • Nicole YovilleAddict

        Do you have to use an electric mixer or is there another way of doing it? :)

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          You can do it in a bowl with a spoon and then by hand but it might not turn out as good

      • Gin Di Battista

        Do you find that you are able to make any decorations using this fondant, or do you use a different recipe or brand?

        Also, do you have any trouble attaching decorations to this fondant, such as having it sag under the weight if something is attached to the side of the cake?

        Thanks for the awesome tutorials and the recipe.

        • Veronica

          I’m wondering this same thing….

        • Sara

          I am hoping to use this fondant on a cake today, but I need to attach fondant diamond shapes to the outside of the cake, but I’m afraid they wont stick because the fondant is so soft. What do you think?

          • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

            Fondant sticks to fondant no problem with just a little water. If you want the diamonds to be easier to handle, add a little tylose powder or mix with a little gumpaste and cut them out and let dry a few hours before attaching to the cake.

      • Dawn Sisson

        When I tried mine it looked great! However after rolling it out and lifting it, it kept stretching and falling all over the place. I got it on the cake but it would not hold any shape and stay together. What happened? Too much marshmallow??

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          Its hard to say since I am not there and didnt see you make the fondant. What marshmallows did you use, did you follow the directions exactly when mixing? Did you add all the sugar? How much water did you add?

      • Catherine Graham

        We can’t get bulk white marshmallows here in New Zealand so I wondered if it could be made with homemade marshmallow? If yes, would you have to let it set and then chop up or could you use it before it sets?

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          not sure on that one, sounds like you have an experiment on your hands :)

      • Masuma Tabassum

        Hi Liz :)

        I need urgent help plz!

        I tried my hand at marshmallow fondant 1st time today & disaster :( When I tried to melt the marshmallows (Campfire brand, pic attached) in microwave in 30 sec bursts, it slowly turned into a light brown & very sticky, stretchy mess (pic attached – after I added about 1/2 c icing sugar to the mess). The expiration date is ok.

        Could you plz tell me what went wrong? TIA :)

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          You burned the marshmallows. Heat only until they are melted, maybe your microwave is hotter than mine.

          • Masuma Tabassum

            Thanx Liz :) Will try again…

          • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

            I just noticed you are using full-sized marshmallows which do not melt like the mini marshmallows. You really need to use the minis for success :)

      • AuNaturelMel

        I’m all thumbs when it comes to fondant. Yours looks beautiful, though. Mel at mothersheeporganics

      • Susana

        Curious to know if you have tried this without adding the wilton fondant and only the Crisco? If so how well did it or did not work. Thank you for the great video and recipe!

        • http://www.artisancakecompany.com/ Elizabeth Marek

          It doesn’t work

        • Patricia Szkotnicki

          Actually it does work, you just need to tweek the recipe a bit and use some corn syrup and nix the veg shortening and water.

          • Brenda Duff

            Hi Liz!
            Thank you so much for all your wonderful tutorials. I will be attempting the Lumberjack cake and I was wondering where I could find the exact recipe that you used to make the ganache for the bark and the recipe for the modeling chocolate for the axe. Thank you,

            Brenda Cameron

        • Patricia Szkotnicki