How to Make Fondant Like on "Cake Boss"

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Fondant is really a delicious and easy to make covering for cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. Make fondant like they do on "Cake Boss" with help from the Chief Confectionery Officer of in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Daria Artem, Chief Confectionery Officer of, and I'm here to show you how to make fondant like on Cake Boss. Fondant is really a delicious and easy to make covering for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, anything you can imagine. You have the option of buying premade store-bought fondant or making it, from, you know, using this easy recipe right from home. I always prefer to make it from scratch 'cause it's always more soft and pliable and easy to work with. You don't need to microwave it and it's just, and it's also cheaper. Actually a homemade fondant is about five times less expensive than store-bought; so, that's another added bonus. So, let me go ahead and show you how to make your own fondant. We start with one pound of marshmallow. So, you need to get like a 16 ounce bag. And what we're going to do is we're going to put it into a microwavable bowl and we're going to go ahead and add to that, we're going to add about three tablespoons of butter. Now, you can leave the butter out. A lot of bakers leave the butter out. I prefer the butter in my fondant because it gives it more of a butter creamy taste. I like the butter in there. But, again, you can leave the butter out of your fondant if you prefer. We're also going to go ahead and add three tablespoons of water and we're going to add three tablespoons of corn syrup. And I just use the regular high fructose corn syrup that you can buy in the supermarket. You most likely have something like that in your pantry. What I do is I usually take some of the marshmallows and I put them into that cup and I just get everything out of there, take all that good stuff. Okay. I'm going to give it a little bit of a mix here, just going to get, you know, get it incorporated into your marshmallows. This is so easy. And what we're going to do is we're going to put it into our microwave and we're going to go ahead and cook it on regular heat for about one minute and 20 seconds. While that is melting, we've already pre-measured here about two pounds of confectionery sugar. You need to use confectionery sugar; do not use fondant sugar or granulated sugar or turbinado sugar or any other kind of sugar because it won't work. So, we've got this going over here; I also got my KitchenAid set up. You, if you don't have a KitchenAid at home, you can use a hand mixer with a like a, like a hook attachment. And here we go. We've got our delicious marshmallow right here and we're just going to go ahead and mix them around a little bit. Okay. Now, we're going to go ahead and grab our bowl. So, we're going to go ahead and fit our KitchenAid with our hook attachment. Okay. And we're going to go ahead and take our marshmallow mixture. We're just going to spoon it right out and see it comes out easily. That's the addition of the butter too, the butter really helps make the marshmallow just slide out, just like that. Now, what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and add our sugar and I like to add maybe about a half at a time, just stir it a little bit, just to try to get it incorporated. So, you can see it's already forming like a, a dough. And what we're going to do is you, you, you could knead this out by hand; you don't necessarily need to use a mixer. I prefer using the mixer. Alright, so we've got this in our mixer; I'm going to lift this up. And you're going to start it off really slowly. You don't want all that sugar to just, you know, pop out at you. I've got a spoon here and I can just move this down. And we're going to mix it until it forms like a nice dough. I like to put the mixer on to maybe a four. You can see all of that, all of that sugar dust. Okay. So, we're going to go ahead and adjust that. Now, I like to put on gloves when I'm working with the fondant because the gloves are you know, latex free. They're going to go ahead and make it less sticky and less of a mess to clean up later on. You don't have to run and wash your sticky hands. Alright. Now, you always want to go ahead and work with sugar. You put sugar, confectionery sugar again on your hands, on your work surface. Okay. We're going to go ahead and take this off of the hook and okay. Take this big glob of delicious fondant and we're going to put it right here on our work surface. I'm going to go ahead and just put some more sugar on it. And we're just going to go ahead and start kneading it. And oh my goodness, this is feel fun. Okay. We're going to use a scraper to go ahead and scrape off anything extra. I recommend using a, you know, when you, when you're doing this like a wooden surface. We've got steel counter tops in this particular area, so that's why we're using this. And there we go, we're almost done kneading, but this is pretty much as pliable as this is going to get. Oh, that's just beautiful. And there you have it, those simple easy steps which will have you making fondant like on Cake Boss and for a fraction of the price too. For more ideas on this and other great cake decorating tips, please go to; that's lady fortunes with an s dot com.


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